Cuisine: European, Share Plates, Wine Bar
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #9 of 88 restaurants in Christchurch

A modern metropolitan restaurant with an all-day buzz and a local vibe, Earl has brought a unique brand of fine yet casual dining to Christchurch.

The light-filled dining room with high ceilings and a colour palette of soothing neutrals makes it ideal for lingering over seasonal salads, house-made pasta and antipasti.

The food is inspired by coastal European culture. Expect produce-driven dishes geared toward fabulous wine and flowing conversation. Enjoy mouthwatering meat dishes including crumbed pork cutlets, nibbles such as radicchio & blue cheese tartine and fish so fresh it tastes like a kiss from the sea.

A tight, well-considered list of beers, sodas and spirits allows the superb wine cellar to take centre stage. Expect a weekly changing rotation with a global focus.

With the ability to be both intimate and convivial, Earl works as well for dates as it does for big groups.

*Not valid with any other offer, does not include specials or items from the Hors D'oeurves section on the dinner menu
**Tables for evening reservations are reserved until 7:30pm at which time you are welcome to move to the bar area.

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Earl
128-130 Lichfield Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Tuesday 12pm - 10pm
Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
Thursday 12pm - 10pm
Friday 12pm - 10pm
Saturday 12pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 365 1147
Website: www.earl.co.nz

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Ranked: #9 of 88 restaurants in Christchurch 9
Earl
Cuisine: European, Share Plates, Wine Bar
Mains: $25 - $35

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Jess Williams

Food was amazing, and service was exceptional! Will be back

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Anisa Kazemi

WOW! Hands down, the best new place in town! Both food and service were top notch! If calories weren't a thing, I'd be eat Earl's Chocolate Cremeux for every single meal of every single day of my life! Unbelievably yum!

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Meredith Wain

Amazing! This was my first visit to Earl and it certainly won't be my last, from the moment i walked in the door I was impressed with the stylish decor and open plan dining area with a view of the kitchen. The service was top notch and the food absolutely sumptuous!! I had the free-range chicken breast which was so moist and tender and beautifully complimented with spring greens and a wonderful walnut sauce. I can't wait to return and work my way through the rest of the menu.

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Wow and wow ! 5 stars all the way. Can not fault a thing, food, service, the whole lot was amazing !!! Can’t wait to go back!!! Stunning

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Pip Wilson

Earl was amazing!!!! Could not fault a thing. Atmosphere, service, food, wine were all impeccable!!!!! Definitely will be returning!

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Jade Gibson

We really enjoyed our evening at Earl. Lovely atmosphere with friendly service and a good menu selection. Great drinks selection and thoroughly enjoyed tasting some different beverages from throughout NZ. Would highly recommend!

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Excellent food and service.

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Vicky Chandler

Stunning. From the simplistically beautiful restaurant with open kitchen in the heart of the restaurant, to the service and then art/food our experience at Earl was top notch. Lovely upmarket place to have lunch or dinner where you can still get a delicious humble beef burger, perfect! We will definitely be back!

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Sally McRae

Not what we expected - guess we were expecting more of a cafe/bistro but this was fine dining with amazing ingredients, beautifully presented, knowledgable staff and brilliant service. Everyone loved their food and drinks were well thought out as well. Brilliant night thanks.

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Frankie Favero

Great food, ambience and main waiter. The host and other servers were a quite young and would benefit from a bit more training. A very pleasant dining experience overall.

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Gaynor Morgan

Attracted by what we’d read in Style and the ambience, food and service really do all make you feel good.

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Hayley Lilley

Love the ambience, wait staff were great, lovely place and would highly recommend for a special dining experience. Excellent food, everything was delicious.

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Michael Wilson

Lovely food, the stand out being the gnocchi (best I’ve ever had) and the chocolate cremeux. Great service too and we can’t wait to go back.

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Very friendly informative staff.
They change thier wine selection daily and have a really interesting selection, however the wine is overpriced.

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Fantastic lunch at Earl. Delicious, fresh and interesting food with excellent service too. Will be back.

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Fantastic service, friendly staff. The meals were not huge but were quality.

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The food was absolutely delicious!! Couldn't give any negatives about it! The wait staff were very good, there is a great wine selection on offer which is constantly changing! Very knowledgeable on their wines. Would definitely recommend and we will be going back!

Well done Earl!

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Susan Bakker

Fantastic meal, really great service and delicious food!

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Brittany Smith

Cool interior. The girl in the glasses that served us was awesome, super personable and explained the menu well. Food was incredible! Loved all of the sharing plates. Will 100% be dining again. Thanks

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I'm starting to think the team at Earl can do no wrong. I went for the grilled asparagus with salmon this time (as did my dining partner) and it was top notch. There were enough greens on the plate to make me feel healthy for the next few days!

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Excellent venue, very light and modern.

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Fantastic dining experience at Earl. Couldn't fault any part of it - service and atmosphere were great and the food was excellent. We had 4 tasting plates of salmon, ceviche and chicken wings, gnocchi and steak for our mains, a side of house chips and shared the chocolate dessert. All of the dishes were done extremely well - even the complimentary bread. Well priced too and a steal with First Table. Easily one of the best in Christchurch. Can't wait to return!

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Kay McDonald

Amazing with, energetic knowledgeable staff... will be back for sure

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Alister James

Enjoyed the atmosphere of this restaurant, and the service was excellent, good staff. We had complimentary breads with a good selection, our main meals were of a high standard, in particular the fish of the day which was swordfish, and I enjoyed the brick cooked chicken. There were two desserts and a cheese option. We had both desserts at our table, but nothing special about them. But the selection of entrees, sharing plates and mains were VG, and would most certainly recommend this restaurant.

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Luke Koia

The food like everyones been saying is really good! Small portions but so tasty! The service was really good. The people are really helpful. We made the mistake of taking our kids haha. Would definitely go back for a date night

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Tracey Ormsby

The service was fantastic from when we walked through the door. The staff were attentive and knowledgable about both the wine and food. The food was delicious. The only small suggestion we had was that the dessert menu was very small with only a couple of choices (excluding cheese) so we actually went somewhere else for dessert which was a shame. We would go back again

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Karen Mullaly

Great service and overall a good experience but pork cutlet had quite a bit of gristle and was a bit tough to eat.

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Friendly and attentive staff who were well versed with the wine and menu. Explained everything really well and took our orders without needing to write anything down. Enjoyed complimentary bread. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Chocolate creameux was to die for! Very nice atmosphere and decor. Highly recommend

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Lucy Ridley

Amazing, I'm still thinking about the steak and smoked potatoes...

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Earl was an amazing experience from the moment we walked in. It’s clean and fresh decor Equally matched by the fabulous food we ordered.
It’s great to see complimentary bread And this was a great accompaniment with the starters.
We had the antipasto as a starterand this was ample for the four of us. Our mains of fresh snapper served with green beans and salad was beautifully cooked to perfection.
The crumbed pork chop and gnocchi also pretty amazing.
A great place and definitely recommend to all,

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Outstanding service we were made to feel very special. Definitely more of a bistro feel than fine dining and mains were a tad overcooked, but more than made up with it by the exquisite sauces. Def worth a visit for a great dining experience.

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Julie Day

Lovely meal and great service, thank you. Great atmosphere.

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Victoria Radcliffe

Lovely place lovely food would recommend.

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We decided to leave no culinary stone unturned by sharing the bucatini, chicken breast, chef's creation, fish crudo and chocolate cremeux. There wasn't a single weak link to be found, the food was flawless and service was top notch. Two cocktails and one coffee later, there's no doubt we'll be back to add the burger and beef to our 'conquered' list.

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Sarah Chin

Really great food and place but the wait staff were excellent

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Fantastic food fantastic service fantastic evening thank you and we will see you again

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Matt Comins

10/10 will return

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We were very impressed with the food and service and will be back. The food really was delicious and the open clean interior was very welcoming and comfortable. Friendly helpful staff.

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Charles Harsono

My friend and I have come here for my birthday dinner. It is our first time to this wonderful and classy establishment. Once we been seated we been greeted by one of the lovely owner. He was very nice and attentive to our needs. We have a hard time deciding what we want to order because all the items on the dinner menu were so good. Firstly, we have ordered some drinks, they have the most unique cocktail selections and weekly wine list pick by the chef. I highly recommended the Avon punter! They also serve sparking water free of charge! Finally we have decided on sharing everything, so my friend and I could try all the different flavour and variety they have to offer.
he charred vine tomatoes was so tenderly roasted, the fish skewer was a must order dish infuse with Mediterranean flavour, the Antipasti is another must ordered dish that serves well for 2-3 people The variety of salami, breads and pickles has all the element to make a wonderful starter dish. The crumbed pork was tender in the inside yet crunchy on the outside, with the infusion of generous portion of grilled greens, lemon and black garlic aioli. The brick cooked chicken was moist and well-seasoned, and the chicken sausage that came with it is definitely the highlight. The medium rare Butcher steak was by far our group’s favourite. I would put this steak to the same level of perfection as Bessie’s steak. I have to say, this is one of the best restaurant I have tasted in Christchurch so far. I will definitely come again, even without first table. Not only because all the elements on every single dishes are perfectly executed, but the price point for what they offering has far exceeded my expectation. 10/10 for this restaurant!

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Excellent all round experience!

Meals were beautiflly presented, well balanced flavours and service was exceptional.

Staff are knowledgeable on both food and wine and very attentive.

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Gary Barr

Stunning meal and excellent service.
Have had dinner here as well and enjoyed.
One of my new favourites in the city
Well done team Earl

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Love the atmosphere and food. Great experience and friendly staff

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Erin Bradley

excellent service and the food was amazing!

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Sarah Bennett

Earl was AMAZING!!! Beautiful food, friendly & knowledgeable staff and the most delicious wine I have had in a long time. Will 100% be coming back- and recommending to EVERYONE

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Great food and great service. Highly recommend going. We will be back !!

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Becky Maynard

Delicious food and great service! Recommend!

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Erica Locke

Fantastic food (can't rave enough about how good it was), really nice surroundings and great service/ wine recommendations!! I hope to return next time I am visiting Christchurch again (just so I can order that gnocchi again).

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Great food and service! Will be back

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Emma Cummack

If Earl is good enough for Nigella it is good enough for me. The ambience was great, service was excellent and the food out of this world good. So good that we booked again two days later to try out more of their incredible menu. Will definitely be coming back time and time again- best In Christchurch!

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Nick Rhodes

We had great time, the food and experience was fantastic

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