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The Option Bistro and Wines

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158 Hussey Road | Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand (Formerly Jagz of Styx Mill)
6433235455
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08:00 - 15:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon 08:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 08:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jagz has been a favourite of ours for years. We recently tried The Option. The decor is completely at odds with the colour schemes of Northwood. The bright colours do not encourage relaxation and I seriously thought of donning sunglasses inside. We had a very poor coffee and decided against staying any longer for food. Previously.we.had a breakfast there and... More 

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Thank ChildersS
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Dear ChildersS, We owe you not only our thanks for your time and energy in writing your comment, but our gratitude for being such a predictable customer. Before started the renovation project, we discussed with one of our professional designers about extreme reactions and we totally anticipated your kind of comment. We knew that our work won't let anyone without... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Went with a friend for her birthday. Sat inside as it was cooler than the outer enclosed area. Pleasant as it wasn't overcrowded. The food was delicious and the latte good. The staff were very nice and attentive. Wouldn't hesitate to return. Hope the local residents support the restaurant, lucky to have somewhere like this on their doorstep.

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Thank pmor26
Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We have been to the Option when it was Jagz on many occasions and loved it. The Option however was a huge disappointment. To start with the coffees were excellent. Three of our group ordered poached eggs. Whilst two were happy the third had her plate swimming in water from the eggs. The grainy bread was not grainy but rye... More 

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Thank Sandyvt1954
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Thank you for your time to write this review, we do appreciate it. We understand you had a rather unpleasant experience with us and we would like to offer our appologies once again. I do hope this time you will accept them, exactly as you did when you happily accepted the discounted meals. Kind regards, Sabina Antoniu, The Option Bistro... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

This place is like walking into grandma's 1960s' front room. After the initial shock of powder blue carpet and gray tables, paired with tacky white and chrome chairs, you don't think it can get any worse until you notice the purple seats and purple painted wine racks awkwardly perched in a every corner. Once you get over this time warp,... More 

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Thank Hall221
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Dear Hall221, Thank you for your time in writing this extensive feedback, we appreciate it. I can only guess your profession is interior designer specialised in restaurant decor, after your firm opinion on our venue. I must add that this "grandma's 1960s' front room" is inspired from a well known catalogue with the best international restaurant design in the world... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

It's started as a surprise as we didn't realise that it had changed to another business. But it was a pleasant surprise as the décor was new as was the menu. I'm not quite sure how the name Options fits but regardless the menu was diverse enough to satisfy us. My wife had the Pork Belly which looked enough for... More 

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Thank timhamilton
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice words and for the time to write this review! We look forward to having you back as our guests! Kind regards Sabina Antoniu, The Option Bistro & Wines More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

We had a very pleasant dinner there, me my wife and my baby. We got there late in a Wednesday night and service was top notch, but what got us was the friendliness of Mr and Mrs Toader. And for sure that food and wine were very good as well.

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Thank Leonardo B
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Hi guys, it was a pleasure having you in here for a late dinner and an interesting chat about different cultures! Thank you for your kind words! Enjoy the rest of your trip around New Zealand, it's an amazing place! Kind regards, Sabina & Sergio More 

Silver Spring, Maryland
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172 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We looked at several places nearby to have an amazing dinner for our last night in NZ. Many places we considered did not even come close to this one. Amazing wines and delicious foods. They even have a little appetizer drink paring list. Very unusual ❤️ I can't say enough about Jagz and I wish them good luck because they... More 

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Thank Heike Y
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Hi guys, thank you for your lovely words! It was a pleasure having you as our guests and chating about wines and stuff! Enjoy the rest of your trip! Kind regards, Sabina & Sergio More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Visited on a weekend evening. Little nervous as last visit was very disappointed. However friends suggested Jagz Nthwood so we thought we'd give it another go as it IS our local. In summary coffee or lunch is great. Breakfast and Dinner problematic. There are so many places presenting fabulous breakfasts for a start...white bread "home baked" seriously? Please note: it... More 

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Hi TripAdvisor Member, thank you for your review! We are really sorry that your experience with us did not meet your expectations. I do hope, however, that you will return and allow us to surprise you in a positive way, as soon as we finish our rebranding process! Kind regards, Sabina A The Option Bistro and Wines Owner More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Average definitely defined the meal I had with my daughters at Jagz. The menu while small covers most tastes. All the courses we had were pleasant enough, but not overly memorable. The service was adequate, however we did get the impression that having to set a table for us was them doing something extra for us, even though the place... More 

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Thank Peter S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We went there for a coffee and a bite on a sunny Saturday morning. We enjoyed the warmth of the terrace. It was very relaxing. We met Sergio the owner and he offered us a delightful Rosé from Pays D'oc. We quickly drank our coffee as drinking the Rosé was more exciting and it was close to midday. The Rosé... More 

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Thank Jean-Luc G
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Hi Jean-Luc, thank you for your nice words! It was a pleasure having you here! Looking forward to having you again as our guests! Mérci béaucoup et a biéntôt! :) Sergio Toader More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Cuisine
International, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
08:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Hussey Road | Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand (Formerly Jagz of Styx Mill)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 6433235455
Description
The Option Bistro & Wines (formerly Jagz of Styx Mill) is an upmarket Bistro / Restaurant located in a great spot in Styx Mill area, Christchurch. They offer a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a whole range of cabinet food throughout the day. The Options' European owners have added some international tasting platters with famous European fare like snails, tzatziki, fish roe and anchovy tarts. The Option Bistro & Wines food is complemented by one of the best international wine lists in town with whites and reds from famous wineries in New Zealand, Italy, France, Lebanon, South Africa and Chile just to name a few.

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