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The Cornershop Bistro

) #88 of 788 Restaurants in Christchurch $$ - $$$ European, ,
32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (7 reviews)
“coq au vin” (5 reviews)
“smoked fish” (2 reviews)
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European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 83 reviews

Reviewed 11 June 2017

Went for an evening meal (happy hour) during a driving trip to NZ. We had the fish of the day and the risotto - both were excellent. Definitely one of the culinary highlights of our trip - we would go back in a heartbeat.

Thank Rob R
Reviewed 26 May 2017

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
Reviewed 10 May 2017 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...More

Thank Ranygentes
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

Thank RLMskier
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
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...More

Thank trevord612
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...More

Thank Bridget B
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...More

Thank sidadandsimum
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....More

Thank Frequent F
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),...More

Thank efaz326
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$28
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
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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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