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The Villas

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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free
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290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand (Formerly The Coffee House)
64 3-365 6066
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a short stop at this restaurant, lovely staff and great outdoors area where we were able to enjoy the sun while eating our food.

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Thank Anna L
Ben D, Owner at The Villas, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Anna More 

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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I get a coffee from here multiple times a week and occasionally eat food. In the six months I have been doing so, I have had one tiny error in an order which was rectified immediately. The staff are great, as is the service. On top of that, the food is delicious and the coffee consistently good.

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Thank Shane C
Ben D, Owner at The Villas, responded to this review

Hi Shane, we appreciate our loyal regulars so much :) More 

New Zealand
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been going to the Villas (nee coffee house) for 20 years and it used to be intimate and friendly and a damned good after theatre coffee and cake place. Over the years they've expanded and I realised suddenly, tonight, that it's changed for ever. The place had been booked out for a function, there was raucous noise coming from... More 

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Ben D, Owner at The Villas, responded to this review

Sorry that you have said goodbye to us Travelling-wilbur. We really appreciate our loyal customers and work hard to welcome them to The Villas. So much has changed in Christchurch since the 2011 earthquakes and everyday we are grateful to still be here. We have needed to undertake some really positive changes. We do still offer heaps of intimate and... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for dinner last week with my partner. The food was absolutely superb can not fault a thing, we got the cauliflower, blue cheese and pine nut croquettes as a entree, and both got the beef fillet steak with truffled mash as a main - steak was cooked to perfection! Then for dessert the caramel chocolate fondant and sticky... More 

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Thank Sam M
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to work in Art Center before the earthquake, and I used to be a regular customer to this cafe. After refurbishment this place became a even better cafe to go. Wide variety of food and great coffee!

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Thank Lexi0311
Christchurch, New Zealand
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've eaten here a few times since my last review; consistently lovely food. The only issue I've ever had was last year with some undercooked monkfish; the kitchen re-did it for me without a fuss. Ate here last Weds with the other half; we had the scallop and cauliflower croquette starters which were delicious. Both had a steak, him the... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely evening at The Villas. Great atmosphere and good food. Awesome menu with a wide variety. Will see you again!

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Thank MB0709
Singapore
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The chargrilled steak is done wonderfully and we have a most relaxing dinner. The portions are big so it was very fulfilling. :) For dessert, we tried the lemon and almond cake with raspberry sorbet. Definitely like the moist cake but the sorbet was a tad sweet for us. We saw the interesting coffee menu and decided to come back... More 

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Thank Esther W
Dunedin, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

$42 for a very average steak and very average service. Defensive when we complained about the quality of the food. Would not recommend. Our other meal was fine. 🍽

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Auckland, New Zealand
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123 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unimpressed with our meals - Soup (not hot), bacon (under-cooked) and pancakes were as thick as doorstops and stodgy. Staff were friendly, helpful and attentive and the venue was warm on a cold Christchurch winter day.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $28
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand (Formerly The Coffee House)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 64 3-365 6066

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?