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“Surprisingly good”

Curator's House Restaurant
Ranked #34 of 1,067 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $31
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: SPANISH TAPAS - LAMB - PAELLA and more... in a heritage building in the Botanic Gardens. Drop in for casual tapas in the sun in summer, or beside the fireplace in winter. Or a special occasion or group function in one of our intimate dining rooms. Beautiful garden views. Stroll through our demonstration fruit and vege garden. All right in the heart of the Botanic Gardens in central Christchurch. Simply too special to miss. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and tapas.
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Had a lazy lunch here, quite expensive for what you get, but I imagine their rent would be sky high due to the location.

Fast service, nice environs. Would certainly go back.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Great selection of mains, tapas and platters ideal for lunch. It's such a lovely old building, but we sat outside to enjoy the day. Had some shared plates with a friend (lovely prawns), had a nicely chilled bottle of wine and finished with coffee and a muffin before walking back round the park to our cars.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I've heard such good things about the Curator's House Restaurant so we headed over there to celebrate my sister's birthday. Unfortunately the experience was one we'd all like to forget. The food wasn't good - two of the meals had to be sent back as the requests had been ignored, one of them was under cooked and the service was terrible. The waitress looked like she really didn't care and had so many other places she'd rather be (which is probably true but at least pretend!)

None of us have been back since. Such a shame as they have a really lovely location....

Thank KiaOraKiwi
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

this restaurant has been around for quite some time now but it doesn't disappoint. great food and atmosphere with a lovely owner to chat with! not too pricey but also a great place if you're looking to treat yourself.

daytime parking may be a little bit of a problem as it's pay and display but evenings are all good.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

You eat here for the garden, the charming heritage building and the food, which being strongly Spanish influenced adds a wonderful dimension. Vegetables from their own potager are a feature.

I've been to the Curators House for dinner over the years but this week it has offered the perfect retreat while visiting a close relative in the nearby hospital. Yesterday I ate lunch and dinner there. Fabada of chorizo and sausage was great comfort food for lunch under the flowering wisteria. I was not so hungry for dinner so the pate with a glass of Spanish red was just right. My partner had duck confit, not the best he's ever had but good. Next time paella!

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