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The Cornershop Bistro

$$ - $$$
European, New Zealand, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
10:00 - 23:00
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Wed - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 23:00
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We try to eat here on each NZ trip. I think it has been getting better year-on-year. Very high quality and consistent cooking - "Bistro" undersells it now I think. Very interesting daily specials (including really good hot oyster option). Varied and interesting wine list. I haven't eaten anywhere better in Christchurch.

Thank Frequent F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe is underrated (I think because it isn't on the beach) don't be deterred!! It's worth the 200m walk from the beach. The food is excellent, the coffee is great, the seats have high backs (omg I am so sick of sitting on stalls), they cater for dogs, kids, babies, couples, large groups, intimate, casual, dressy, takeaway, gym clothes... More 

Thank efaz326
Christchurch, New Zealand
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved tonights visit to this lovely bistro. The hustle and bustle creates a great atmosphere and the service was excellent. Starters were a subtle carrot and coriander soup with toasted ciabatta, a shared sourdough and feta dip (perfect light starter) and the huge but tasty duck crepe. Mains were an amazing coq-au-vin and ciabatta with sides of garlic green... More 

Thank Lee_A_B_1976
Christchurch, New Zealand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This is place is completely satisfying- great ambience ( not too big or nosy) , wonderful staff, and delicious comforting food. It's truly a Cornerstone to the Community and a Bistro that is established and we go there quite often.

Thank Boobaby62
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I like to tell the world what a great meal we had. The entrees were special, mains exquisite. Staff were friendly and attentive. A real pleasure. An experience you are always looking for but hard to find. Congratulations for a job well done

Thank dustycar
Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We had dinner here on Friday night with another couple after a hell week and it was just perfect. The place was lively when we arrived and had a really warm easy atmosphere. The service was just right efficient but not officious, attentive but not overbearing, friendly and smiley. We all commented on how the meal was of nice proportions... More 

Thank mckiwi2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

An Evening Meal with Friends who made the Choice. Nice... We thoroughly enjoyed the Experience. The Food the Company and the Restaurant. All Great the Menu, the Service, the Meals, all Great.

Thank Garry T
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136 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Enjoyed a lazy late breakfast here last Sunday. They really do have fab food and great unobtrusive staff. Sat outside with our dogs - fresh water was also brought out for them. Highly recommend the Spiced beans and chorizo with poached egg, parmesan, fresh herbs and toast yum yum! so lucky to be a local here and have this in... More 

1 Thank theDayz
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We hadn't been to The Cornershop Bistro for ages (we keep getting pulled into Christchurch because people won't travel out to Sumner) so, on August 14th, my wife's birthday, we dined at our local. We've dined here quite often over the past 10 years or so and apart from one disappointing meal we have always been more than satisfied. It's... More 

2 Thank Nigel_Ali_W
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

It's a while since we last enjoyed a meal at the Cornershop, a Sunday lunch was a pleasant reminder of just how good the food is. I enjoyed a delicious smoked fish dish while hubby enjoyed the spicy beans. Won't leave it so long before we go again.

2 Thank DiTaylor65

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$27
European, New Zealand, Mediterranean, Contemporary
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-326 6720
The Cornershop Bistro celebrates its eleventh year in Sumner Village as a local favourite, recommended by Lonely Planet 2015 as the place to visit in Sumner.The menus deliver European inspired dishes in the Brunch and Dinner menus like the Sirloin Steak with cafe de Paris butter, the rustic country terrine or the breakfast of Eggs Benedict with house cured salmon or ham from the bone. Whether it's a coffee fueled brunch over the weekend papers or a romantic candle lit dinner, The Cornershop Bistro is a must try when visiting Christchurch and its gorgeous seaside Village, Sumner.

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