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The Cornershop Bistro

€€ - €€€European, ,
32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6720
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“coq au vin” (5 reviews)
“smoked fish” (2 reviews)
Opens in 23 min
All hours
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
32 Nayland Street | Sumner, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 91 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at this great restaurant tonight in lovely sumner. Restaurant has a Greek, Mediterranean style menu. We had flat bread, falafel & dips to start which were really good.(especially the tzatsiki), The slow roasted lamb with stuffed capsicum was, to be honest, one of...More

Thank AwesomeDan
Reviewed 29 October 2017

We have been frequenting this restaurant for many years. With new owners now in charge we are delighted to report that the meals are delicious generous and well priced. The service is incredible and each time we have been we are always made to feel...More

Thank sc0tt71
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We have had lots of opportunities to visit this restaurant but for some reason haven't and we now know that we should have. The food was Devine. The service was absolutely fantastic and we now know we are going to become regulars to a restaurant...More

Thank Spudsurfs
Thecornershop B, Manager at The Cornershop Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you so much for lovely review ! Hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 10 September 2017

Having read the reviews from 2 weeks ago I very nearly gave this restaurant a miss but thought everyone deserves a chance! And I was pleasantly rewarded. They have big boots to fill as the previous owners were top rate. Tonight I had Crispy Pork...More

Thank Doctorjanet
Reviewed 28 August 2017

A lunch and a dinner were both excellent. Friendly, fun and helpful staff. Beautiful fresh food. Good coffee too!

Thank Ranjodh_Siingh
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

I think it important that everyone knows that the Sumner Cornershop restaurant has closed down. The restaurant operating from the same location is not the Cornershop. We tried it today and the business operating from the same premises is not good at all. The service...More

Thank Hall221
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We decided to go here due to the high rating. Unfortunately we should have stuck with our first choice as it did not live up to our expectation. The food was ok but in places overpriced. The restaurant was cold and the service was not...More

1  Thank NinaClaire
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We've decided to give this place a go as it had the best reviews around Sumner beach. Not only that the food was below average, they try to charge us $150 which I fact it was only $84. I can't think of one positive thing...More

Thank Liron A
Reviewed 10 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 15:00
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
  • E-mail
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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