Located in a building that could be mistaken for a family home, Dux Dine offers a cozy dining experience whether you’re inside by the fireplace or outside in the garden. Dux specializes in seafood and pizza, an unexpected yet satisfying combination. Start off with the thin and crispy funghi pizza and a ‘Dux Ginger Tom’ (the house beer), and continue with seared, line-caught groper. Make sure you make a reservation in advance.
28 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christhurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3 348 1436
Ranked at the top end of New Zealand’s cuisine, the Pescatore not only offers exceptional dishes but classy décor. With superb attention to detail, the staff are great at anticipating your needs. Order the delicate fettuccine scallops, cooked with parsley peas and herbs, before moving onto the bacon and lemon accented Ora King salmon. Pescatore also has an outstanding wine selection that you won’t want to miss.
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand, +64 3 371 0257
Fiddlesticks Bar and Restaurant, located in the center of Christchurch, has friendly staff and sizzling seafood that includes fabulous seared scallops and salmon steak. The rest of the menu is made up of local dishes and the restaurant also provides a great chance to get a taste of some of crisp New Zealand wines.
48 Worcester Blvd, Christchurch 9011, New Zealand, +64 3 365 0533
King of Snake brings Southeast Asian regional tastes and textures to Christchurch. It may be tough to decide between the soft fish-taco’s stacked, seasoned fish and the steamed Marlborough Tua Tua complemented with the zesty house sauce. Just be sure to save time for the happy endings (the Snake’s name for desserts), the passion-fruit and chocolate mondu will be sure to send you home delighted.
145 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand, +64 3 365 7363
If you’re walking around Sumner Village in Christchurch, wander into The Cornershop Bistro. Locals laud this friendly restaurant for its consistently excellent mains as well as its professional staff. While technically it may not be classified as a seafood restaurant, its fish of the day will never disappoint: fresh, flavorful, and perfectly seasoned. The lemon buttered prawns are not to be missed.
32 Nayland St, Sumner, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand, +64 3 326 6720