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The Villas

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290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand (Formerly The Coffee House)
+64 3-365 6066
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07:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 23:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was really tasty, the place was nice and clean with sunshine coming inside, the dessert was incredible, we almost cried while eating it, cause it was too good Staff was really helpful and friendly, she did a really good recommendation on food.

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Thank Claire L
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These two clapboard houses on Montreal Street are a more domestic scale and are surrounded by outside terraces and offer a great space to enjoy an all day menu from coffee through to dinner. Just along from Christchurch Art Gallery and a stride from the CBD we found we were using this as a convenient place to meet and pause... More 

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Thank RogerTomlinson
Auckland
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for dinner one night whilst in ChCh. Lamb shoulder v nice. Well priced meals and desserts. Not many people about on a Wednesday. Friendly staff.

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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
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300 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the staff helpful and welcoming, and the service was a little on the leisurely side. The smoked eel starter was very good, and the lamb shoulder was good as a main course. The prices are on the expensive side, as are the wine prices, and if you dine on a bank holiday and charged 15% extra, it is... More 

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Thank M G
Boise, Idaho
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this nice little place when we had a stopover in Christchurch while touring New Zealand. I am a fanatic for lamb, so of course that's what I had to get. And it's the best I had while I was in New Zealand. It's a cute environment with friendly staff. Definitely worth the stop if you are in the... More 

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Thank jpkeel
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on recommendation from TripAdvisor and it did not disappoint. I had a halloumi salad and my friend a chicken ceaser salad and both were really lovely. The staff were friendly and chatty and obviously this place is a big hit :)

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Thank Jenna K
Rangiora, null, New Zealand
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a booking for 4 and 8pm. We arrived early and they were able to accommodate us. When we were ordering our mains just after 8 we were advised that due to the Buskers Festival and the Beer Festival there was a 40 minute wait for our mains. An hour and 20 minutes later we flagged a wait staff... More 

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Thank Mismuffetnz
Ben D, Owner at The Villas, responded to this review

Dear Mismuffetnz - thank you for visit. We are hugely disappointed in your experience and feel we need to try to make amends. Please can you contact us at info@thevillas.co.nz so that we may do this. More 

Rolleston, New Zealand
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The restaurant was very clean and welcoming. The wooden floors however made it very noisy - the evening we went there was a Christmas work party and they were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Food was devine and well presented.

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Thank Dobermanns2015
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The nice relaxed atmosphere was excellent, the food superb and the service great. Exceptionally good value too.

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Thank DesGilmore
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

A pretty cool place in the middle of town. The staff were very friendly and efficient. The person I went with said it was always busy but it was dead when we went - not a bad thing as we could sit wherever. We got the platter. I wasn't feeling very well to begin with and the (beer?) platter we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$29
Cuisine
Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 23:00
Monday
07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 23:00
Friday
07:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 290-292 Montreal Street, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand (Formerly The Coffee House)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-365 6066

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