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“Great vibe”
Review of Civil and Naval

Civil and Naval
Ranked #6 of 18 Restaurants in Lyttelton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $7
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Description: Previously a tailors of the same name, Civil & Naval is a bar and tapas restaurant. Placed on Lyttelton's main drag, they specialise in craft beer, and offer an eclectic wine list and some seriously good bar snacks and small plates. Drop by for a bevy of local and international wines, great beer, classic cocktails, and a tempting and decadent menu.
Gainesville, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great vibe”
Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for a drink and enjoyed friendly locals, an excellent gimlet and quality food. Stayed longer than I meant to, which is always a good sign. Loved the ambience!

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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulous bar meals, great service and ambience”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Just a great wee place - we had the bar snack mini (2 bite sized) burgers and chips in the basket and these were delectable! Louis, behind the bar really looked after us and the beers were traffic. Love the wood and simple styling of the place. Has a great wee courtyard out back as well. The two piece band were awesome. Love this place!

  • Visited September 2013
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New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Fills a gap in the market”
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

As Lyttelton locals we have popped in 3 or 4 times and feel that it really adds something to the village. It is definitely more intimate than other bars in Port that have been largely staked out by High-Vis earthquake workers or youthful beer drinkers. Yes it is perhaps a little more expensive than others but the ambience and food is great, the wine selection is excellent, and overall a great spot for a quiet catchup with friends.

Visited November 2013
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Fantastic cocktails and fantastic food”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I had the pleasure of visiting the Civil and Naval a few weeks ago with a group of friends for a slow Sunday session. We decided to buy a few beers from the tap and a gin cocktail that was absolutely to die for. On the food front we ordered the olive and pickle entree (which was huge) and, on recommendation fo the owner, the beef cheek which was absolutely mouth watering (the burnt butter emulsion was really something special!). A perfect place to catch up with friends for a Sunday afternoon, will definitely be returning.

Visited October 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Poor Service”
Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

We have been here a couple of times and decided to go on a Friday night after work. I stood at the bar for about 5 minutes while the bar lady was serving customers and while the owner just sat there fluffing about behind the bar and wouldn't serve me at all. It got to the stage that I was actually wondering why and it felt really uncomfortable. The drinks and food are expensive and the atmosphere is not the greatest. Such a shame as we have just moved to Lyttelton, but will definitely not be going back!

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