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The Cornershop Bistro

$$ - $$$
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 23:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We met special friends for lunch and were so impressed by the attention and care f all the staff. I had Eggs Benedictine which was without doubt the best I've ever had. Perfect👍👍

Thank Robin F
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Chef knows how to play with the season and try to find best opportunity to accommodate meals with the right accompaniments: wild smoky mushrooms for instance as we are in Autumn or a delicious Pumpkin soup, coq au vin... Simple but truly authentic with local and high quality ingredients this menu is an excellent recommendation for all who appreciate... More 

Thank Ranygentes
Billings, Montana
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91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a funky little place but the food is outstanding. They serve a ceviche with coconut milk and it is beyond amazing. Three of us had dinner there on a Saturday. Two of us had wild mushroom risotto and it was perfectly prepared. My wife had the fish of the day and said it was excellent. They have a... More 

Thank RLMskier
Rochester MN
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39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We happened upon this during a stay in Sumner (Christchurch.) We were not disappointed with our meals. The staff was friendly and the food was excellent. My wife is gluten-free and dairy-free and she was able to find something to eat without any issues.

Thank dlh2me
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We originally intended to go Joes Garage but it was full so we ended up at The Cornershop Bistro. It looked a bit average but we were hungry so we chanced it and we pleasantly surprised. Decor is pretty average but the foid is really good. I had the brunch salad and really enjoyed the crunchy fried lentils. Drinks came... More 

Thank trevord612
Newcastle, Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

If you are ready to eat at 5:30, make the most of the Bistro Bites offer. The 5 main meals on the menu are on offer for NZ$20 each providing you eat between 5:30 and 7:00pm. We enjoyed the Coq au Vin with the added side dish of beans with roasted garlic and lentils and it was absolutely delicious. The... More 

Thank Bridget B
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Consistently the best dining in Sumner. Quality food, interesting changes to the menu without asking ridiculous price. Attentive and informed staff. And a nice ambiance. Our favourite. Yes we are locals. Yes we have eaten here many times over the last few years. Yes to Coq au Vin.

Thank sidadandsimum
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

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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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017 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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106 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$27
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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