Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine in the picturesque Botanic Gardens.

The Curator’s House owner and its chef are from Spain and are proud to serve award-winning tapas dishes like Chorizo Garcia and Cloudy Bay lams A la Marinera. Traditional Spanish main courses include Cordero Asado, slow roasted Spring Lamb shoulder, and classic Spanish seafood paella served in its pan.

Finish your meal with the house speciality, Crema Catalana, a traditional Spanish cream brulee with a hint of lemon, vanilla and cinnamon, or Tarta Santiago, a light moist almond cake matched with our Spanish moscatel wine.

Dine al fresco in the gardens, or gather by the fireside in the dining rooms with excellent views. Wine buffs will love the carefully arranged list which features great wines from New Zealand, Australia and Spain.

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Curator's House
7 Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch 8013

Open Hours:
Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 3pm // 5:30pm - 10pm
Sun: 11:30am - 3pm // 3:30pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 379 2252
Website: www.curatorshouse.co.nz

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Curator's House
Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $25 - $35+

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paella is beautiful, deserts are yummy. service is one of the best. love it.

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Fresh cooked cloudy bay clams and all the tapas menus are tasteful. And the slow cooked seafood paella is full of taste. The restaurant is placed in a nice scenic area as well.

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Kirsty Alexandra

Absolutely wonderful experience from the moment we entered the lovely building. Great service from the staff, and the four of us enjoyed our delicious food. Vegan croquettes and fries to begin with, two portions of fish, a duck, and the vegetable paella. Definitely recommend if you have the opportunity.

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A lovely start to our evening. Good service with a smile, delicious food as always, and such a bargain! What more could anyone ask for?

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Paik Davidson

An exceptionally enjoyable lunch in a beautiful setting. The vegetarian tapas tasting selection and the desserts were the highlights for us. Service was warm and attentive. Definitely coming back again.

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Carol Limber

Excellent food and service- very well reconemmded

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Isabel Williams-Beltran

Every time we going to Curator's is like first time. Excellent service, the most delicious food and the best Paella so far in New Zealand.
We went with my Husband to celebrate our bday and was a great afternoon.
If you want have a nice date or celebrate something special Curator's is the place to go. 5 stars.

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Noelle Fox

Great food and service. The staff were very nice and helpful as always.

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The service was excellent, very friendly and felt warm. My husband and I enjoyed the meal, decent size meal and delicious. My daughter enjoyed sitting by the fire. She was very happy during the dinner.

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Svetlana Strelnikova

Very warm and nice.

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A belated Mother's Day present, we pulled out all the stops and ordered 6 sharing dishes between 2 people. The highlight was definitely the mushroom croquettes, although all the food was good. The service was reasonably attentive. The bathrooms could use a little love. It's pretty chilly inside even on a sunny day so bring a jersey or something to wrap up warm!

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Esther Ho

Excellent food n services. We had a great time. Will definitely be back again!

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tong zhang

Amazing food.

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Great tasty food and good options.
Staff pleasant but could have been a little more attentive. Guest should not need to ask for eg water refill, soup spoon etc

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Delicious lunch and dining experience. Compliments to the Chef and Compliments to our Waitress.

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Liz Sloan

We had a fantastic meal at the Curator's House. It was my mum's birthday and the wait staff were engaging and thoughtful, talking us through the wine selection and they even brought out my mum's dessert with "Happy Birthday" written on her plate in chocolate. The food was absolutely stunning - we all agreed it was the best meal we'd had out in a long time! The beef, lamb and venison were all superb with sauces and potato sides that complemented each dish. The side dish of kumara and turmeric mash was absolutely amazing as well.

There is a gorgeous view looking out to the botanical gardens and the interior is cosy with several fireplaces, candlelight and spanish music. One of my favourite places to go now, for sure!

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We had a wonderful lunch. Tapas selection was great, desserts delicious, service very friendly. Will definitely come again to this place.

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Lynette Browne

Beautiful setting

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Beautiful setting. Very attentive service. Food beautifully presented, good quality and tastes. . Highly recommended.

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Chris Buchanan

It was good to try it out.
The food is good and a selection of tapas is very enjoyable.
Just be aware there will be a lot of tourists in and taking Instagram photos is the main focus.
Service is ok but not great.

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Danielle Mather

We had a fantastic experience at the Curators house! The wine was delicious, the food even better and our service was excellent. We can’t wait to go back and explore the tapas menu!

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Fiorella Jáuregui

Food was delicious and served very fast! Totally recommend it!

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Food was delicious service was wonderful lovely setting by the fireplace

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Such a welcome the waitress opened the door with a beautiful welcoming smile you just knew she was happy and pleased to see us . This made us feel so special she was a delight.The surroundings were lovely food exceptional service Excellent. This lunch was a such treat . Thank You ..Shona

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Lai Nguyen

We had a table by the fire. It was a very cost set up for the evening for four. We ordered the whole prawns, mushroom and parmesan croquettes for starters - such a great way to start the night. Our waitress was polite and helped us choose our mains. We had the paella, salad and lamb, great arrangement of food to share! Loved it team!

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lovely outside setting....great food and service

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The restaurant is beautiful with some lovely views over the Botanic Gardens. We had a delicious meal with tapas, mains, and desserts. The almond tart was a particular highlight. The staff were excellent - friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We were never left waiting for service when we were ready to order or needed plates cleared, yet we never felt rushed. They were also happy to work around my dietary requirements. We definitely plan on going back!

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Ian Gibson

I think the place needs a tidy up, it looks tired, needs some atmosphere

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Johnny Thompson

The environment was warm with the fire nearby, and views of the garden was stunning. Our server was professional, well-dressed, polite and helpful. The food was plated nicely, and tasted superb. The portion size was generous.
The deserts were the best I have ever tasted.

If you have not tried Curator's house before, or are even a competitor, please visit, as these guys get everything right.

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Maria Glass

We were so fortunate the evening we had our meal at the Curators house the weather was perfect so we sat outside to dine amongst the gorgeous garden with a view over the public gardens as well. We had Venison and lamb. Both were cooked to perfection and had very generous portions. Service was good. Couldn't fault this unique place. A lovely birthday treat.

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Marión Cataldo Farías

Excellent food and service, I will definitely go back

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I think we had the best table in the restaurant, with a view out over the kitchen garden. The food was great and the staff friendly. Portion sizes were good and we left content.

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Emmie Choi

As required, we preordered the dish but it still took quite a while to be ready. Nevertheless the waitering staff was polite and helpful and we had the best paella in town. Will definitely return to enjoy this exquisite Spanish restaurant.

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Tracy Ilton

My partner, mum and I had lunch at the Curators House and loved everything about it. The food, service and setting were fabulous!

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It was a beautiful evening to sit outside and have an early dinner. thoroughly enjoyed the food and the service was great too!

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George Elliott

Lovely setting for a very well balanced meal. Have been before and will go many times again.

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Chris Han

Good food and good service. Had a lunch in a very comforting atmosphere.

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Wonderful building creates the ambience that greets you on entering. Well met by attentive and friendly staff offering a choice of table. The service was quick and efficient with drinks arriving promptly followed closely by the wonderful mixed tapas entree. Highly recommend this to get a great taste of Spain.
Main courses were excellant and we unfortunately had no room for dessert.
A great experience.

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Waiter was very welcoming & attentive, fantastic service & the food was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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Great service, good food.

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Steph Gaskell

Love this place, beautiful setting and always great food, wine and service

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Matt Vannoort

Fantastic service and delicious food. The tapas selection is excellent! Will definitely be back soon.

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Amazing food and dining experience will go back!

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Vanessa Grenfell

Three of us had the steak, the stuffed ham and a fish dish and all were excellent but we all had the chocolate volcano for dessert and that was to die for! Staff were very pleasant too.

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Andrew Lowe

Service was great, and food even better. Definitely recommended!

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Alina Mora

Service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Will definitely visit again.

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Fiola Moyce

The ambience was good, room comfortable as they had a lovely fire going in the fireplace. Service was great, food very tasty. We had the Paella as a main meal and having booked the First Table of the evening - a great discount, which made the occasion even more special - Our 29 Year Anniversary.

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Haves tried quite a few spainish restaurants in Spain and in Auckland. This restaurant have got the best paella.

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Lovely surroundings. Nice food. Good quiet place to chat

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Beautiful location, great food with great service

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