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The Old Vicarage Cafe, Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Bar, European, Gluten Free Options
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335 Halswell Road | Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
+64 3-322 1224
09:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun - Wed 09:00 - 22:30
Thu 09:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 01:00
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Called in on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for a drink and dinner. Great outdoor areas in or out of the sun with live background music adding to the enjoyment. Friendly efficient staff and enjoyable food with good options.

Thank Duncan T
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. It was so great. Lovely vintage style restaurant which has a few rooms to dine and a big open area, we were located at one of the small rooms with a front view of the garden, lovely, so nice. Great atmosphere, all customers generally seem very happy and so did the staff. The menu is very... More 

Thank Julieta V
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you to Keegan for amazing service. We sat in the garden on a beautiful Christchurch summer's day and the birds and the bees entertained us as we waited for our meals. The restaurant was extremely busy and we were thrilled with the level of service and quality of food and all on a wonderful value voucher.

Thank ChristchurchQuality
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband took me to The Old Vicarage for a date night. This was our first time dining here and we had a great experience. The ambiance is well done, except the music doesn't really match the environment. For a starter, we shared the Polenta Fingers. It was the perfect amount of food for a starter. For our mains we... More 

Thank Karlibarli
Christchurch NewZealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant about a month ago and had the pork belly sandwich and rosti stack from the lunch menu. The rosti stack lacked any flavour and the smoked garlic aioli was more a tasteless mayonnaise with the basil pesto almost non-existent. The pork was okay but the apple and fennel chutney was hard to find and the slaw... More 

Thank Richard_Wilhelm
Durham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my mum to The old vicarage for lunch, I am so pleased I did. We had a fantastic meal, the staff were lovely and I will most certainly be going back again. The vicarage itself is on a main road, however when you sitting inside or in the gardens that is not the feel of the place at... More 

Thank debbie d
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time in years, lovely open and charismatic atmosphere of the old villa tastefully decorated and scrupulously maintained. When busy:- timings were a little off and slow but not outside of acceptable. Also to be fair a large party and the mains were within a couple of minutes meaning efficient and well run kitchen. Pricing tending to the high side... More 

Thank Dave B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cozy and intimate venue was such a lovely place to visit for a first time. As it was such a warm night, the windows were open which allowed fresh air to circulate. It is definitely a good place to meet for a social setting and there appeared to be adequate seating room. However, while the atmosphere was pleasant, I... More 

Thank Tracey1902
Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wow our first visit and we will be back. Lovely meal had a good variety of options for the kids and colouring, which is always a hit. Service was fantastic, very attentive, were even lent a pen for noughts and crosses. Food was lovely, well presented and tasted as good as it looked.

Thank amandahowardnz
new zealand
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122 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were a family group wanting a light lunch and called into the Old Vicarage Cafe to see what was on offer. We got a table outside which was great and the waiter attended to us promptly but from there it went down hill. We had children with us and ordered them the fish and chips from the children's menu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$27
New Zealand, Bar, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 01:00
09:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 335 Halswell Road | Halswell, Christchurch 8025, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-322 1224

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