Cuisine: Contemporary, International, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #13 of 95 restaurants in Christchurch

For quality seasonal fare with an innovative twist and killer cocktails, look no further than this sophisticated new local in the heart of historic Christchurch.

Located on New Regent Street, in a turn of the century building, this buzzing hub boasts sleekly modern interiors. Think white tiles, moss green banquets and sculptural statement light fittings, the perfect setting in which to enjoy an intimate dinner.

Owners Shafeeq and Jamie have curated a sleek food and drink offering which reflects their international influences. Tuck into beautifully presented seasonal dishes that taste every bit as good as they look.

Small plates such as crispy cauliflower with curry mayo and Cloudy Bay clams are the perfect way to start your meal, before moving on to market fresh seafood and locally sourced meats. Braised beef short ribs with miso and Asian greens are as satisfying as they come and you can’t go wrong with the Tandoori spiced salmon.

The wine list reads like a roll call of New Zealand’s best independent growers, while the cocktails are as classic as they come.

It's time to start creating your own 'story'...

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Story
8 New Regent Street
Christchurch

Open Hours:
Everyday 5pm - 10pm

Phone: 03 261 9441
Website: storynz.com/our-story

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Ranked: #13 of 95 restaurants in Christchurch 13
Story
Cuisine: Contemporary, International, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

Lisa Hamilton

Story is a tucked away gem with a small, upstairs dining room overlooking New Regent Street. If you are into gin it has an extensive gin list. We were really impressed with the flavours of our dishes which included a shared ribeye, venison and gnocchi. Gnocchi can often be stodgy, rich/ chewy but Story's gnocchi was devine paired with an Indian spinach saag sauce. The service was excellent, friendly and unobtrusive. Thank you Story, we will be back!

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Susannah Gardiner

An absolutely delightful experience. The restaurant is small and intimate, so it isn't noisy and you can hear everything your dining companions have to say. The service was excellent - we let them know that we were dining as vegetarians, and although one of the vegetable dishes was sold out, they made something extra especially for us - which ended up being the dish of the evening. Crispy yams in a spiced sauce. The burrata is a must-have. Recommend 10/10.

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'Story' is absolutely fabulous from the position of the restaurant in New Reagent St, to the superb ambience to the amazing food. Very innovative and cutting edge with all the flavours working perfectly.
Our group of 4 had a fantastic dining experience and I would highly recommend 'Story' to dine at.

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Litia Maclean

A delightful experience we look forward to repeating again soon!
We were greeted warmly and enthusiastically by both wait staff and kitchen.
Absolutely delicious. We had our best First Table meal experience to date. The Yams ‘65 were so good we ordered a second plate. The lamb and venison were cooked perfectly and the sauces that accompanied matched beautifully.
Service was genuine and friendly.
We did run out of time for dessert but we won’t let that happen next time.
Thank you Story for a lovely evening!

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This month our ladies group decided to dine at Story....and we are so pleased we did! The restaurant is located upstairs in the historic New Regent St which afforded lovely views over the street below as we dined creating a fabulous atmosphere. The service was first class, warm, welcoming without the staff being obtrusive but attending to our needs in a timely manner. The food was Devine...nice portion size, tasty and each one of us enjoyed the wonderful flavours created by the chef. All in all the ingredients for a fabulous night was provided by Story. Each and every one of us would highly recommend, not only for the first class food, but the atmosphere created in a small tasteful restaurant. Well done Story!

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Maddy Lloyd

What a lovely experience at Story on New Regent Street. Such a nice ambient setting, and the staff were so kind and accommodating. Exceptional service! Not to mention the food was outstanding... a wide variety of meals to cater for the whole group, every single meal we had was bursting with flavour and cooked perfectly, and all in a great price range. Huge ups to the staff for being so friendly and looking after us so well. Will definitely be back!

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Marita Broadstock

What a find with Story restaurant! Upstairs in New Regent Street, the perfect place to grab a meal before attending the opera at Isaac Theatre Royal. A warm unfussy welcome including a g'day for the chef as we head upstairs. The four of us feasted on shared entrees and mains of Italian-influenced foods which were innovative in their flavours, generously offered, and using ingredients we hadn't tasted before. Everything was so sumptuous I was tempted to scoop up any remaining sale with my finger, "its a compliment" said the cheerful waitress. We received good advice on wine which included some European and regional varieties rather than the tired lists often seen in Chch restaurants. The evening was topped off by an exquisite dessert that was like little puffed donuts of sweet joy flavoured with rosewater set off with tart tamarillo and heavy cream. One of the best meals I have ever. Coming back for sure!

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Such an amazing space! Did not expect the restaurant to be so small and intimate. Service was fantastic - the waiter was always checking on us to make sure everything was perfect and recommended the perfect wines to accompany our mains. The main course was to die for. Everything was perfectly thought out on the plate and the flavours sensational. Only downside is we couldn't order everything on the menu.

The perfect winters dinner - will 100% be returning.

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Noelle Fox

We dined on Sunday evening July 21st and had our 1 year old with us. Unfortunately the restaurant doesn’t have child seats and we hadn’t taken our buggy. We place our food order however it become increasingly clear the baby wasn’t interested in sitting still, so the staff were kind enough to make our order a take away. The food was wonderful and the staff were very nice, we will certainly return minus the baby! It was lovely.

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We enjoyed our evening at Story Restaurant. A very intimate restaurant overlooking New Regent Street. Our starter was a delicious deep fried Cauliflower. The lamb was lovely, followed by dark salted chocolate tart. Overall a gorgeous meal.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Story. A charming little boutique restaurant in New Regent Street. We had three courses and each one was exceptional. Three of us chose the lamb dish, the best I have ever tasted, and one chose the fish which was beautifully cooked, very fresh and generous. The chef is to be congratulated. The chocolate tart for dessert is worth going back for, truly delicious.
We look forward to taking our friends to Story and renewing acquaintance with the friendly efficient staff

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I have heard good things about this place and booked based on those recommendations. The one page menu offered food that was different from the usual fare at places in the $35 - $40 main bracket and we really enjoyed it.
The service was outstanding but the wine list was expensive as seems to be the norm these days.
I recommend this place especially if you can get First Table!

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Frances Hasson

Delicious food presented well! Tasty entrees we all wanted to share!

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Lisa Hamilton

Story is a tucked away gem with a small, upstairs dining room overlooking New Regent Street. If you are into gin it has an extensive gin list. We were really impressed with the flavours of our dishes which included a shared ribeye, venison and gnocchi. Gnocchi can often be stodgy, rich/ chewy but Story's gnocchi was devine paired with an Indian spinach saag sauce. The service was excellent, friendly and unobtrusive. Thank you Story, we will be back!

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Susannah Gardiner

An absolutely delightful experience. The restaurant is small and intimate, so it isn't noisy and you can hear everything your dining companions have to say. The service was excellent - we let them know that we were dining as vegetarians, and although one of the vegetable dishes was sold out, they made something extra especially for us - which ended up being the dish of the evening. Crispy yams in a spiced sauce. The burrata is a must-have. Recommend 10/10.

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'Story' is absolutely fabulous from the position of the restaurant in New Reagent St, to the superb ambience to the amazing food. Very innovative and cutting edge with all the flavours working perfectly.
Our group of 4 had a fantastic dining experience and I would highly recommend 'Story' to dine at.

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Absolutely amazing dinner experience. Food was delicious and would definitely dine again.

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Both the food and service were excellent. Many thanks!

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Litia Maclean

A delightful experience we look forward to repeating again soon!
We were greeted warmly and enthusiastically by both wait staff and kitchen.
Absolutely delicious. We had our best First Table meal experience to date. The Yams ‘65 were so good we ordered a second plate. The lamb and venison were cooked perfectly and the sauces that accompanied matched beautifully.
Service was genuine and friendly.
We did run out of time for dessert but we won’t let that happen next time.
Thank you Story for a lovely evening!

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Alex Nicholls

Wonderful food with beautiful Southern Indian flavours, very friendly attentive service in a cosy intimate space. Would recommend Story to all :)

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Lisa Funnell

Everything about Story is fantastic! The service, atmosphere, staff and especially the food are up there. Only issue we had was what to choose! Will be back for sure!

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This month our ladies group decided to dine at Story....and we are so pleased we did! The restaurant is located upstairs in the historic New Regent St which afforded lovely views over the street below as we dined creating a fabulous atmosphere. The service was first class, warm, welcoming without the staff being obtrusive but attending to our needs in a timely manner. The food was Devine...nice portion size, tasty and each one of us enjoyed the wonderful flavours created by the chef. All in all the ingredients for a fabulous night was provided by Story. Each and every one of us would highly recommend, not only for the first class food, but the atmosphere created in a small tasteful restaurant. Well done Story!

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Grant Beedie

Cool, little place. Good service and tasty food. The only negative was that there was a very cold draught blasting me near the window which made things a bit uncomfortable.

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Claudia Lee

Amazing service, amazing food. Couldn’t recommend more. Perfect for a dinner where it’s more quiet and you can actually hear the person across from you talk.

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Maddy Lloyd

What a lovely experience at Story on New Regent Street. Such a nice ambient setting, and the staff were so kind and accommodating. Exceptional service! Not to mention the food was outstanding... a wide variety of meals to cater for the whole group, every single meal we had was bursting with flavour and cooked perfectly, and all in a great price range. Huge ups to the staff for being so friendly and looking after us so well. Will definitely be back!

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Jo Sanders

Great experience in both service and food.
Nice to see a menu with a bit of difference and great food to back it up.

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Melanie Odlum

Great experience. Food bursting with flavours, lovely atmosphere and personable service without being too much. Will definitely be back!

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Great food

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4 of us enjoyed a fabulous meal. The wild thar was a standout but we enjoyed all 4 entrees which were shared and there was only praise for the mains and dessert. Will definitely be back. Thank you Story chefs!!

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Marita Broadstock

What a find with Story restaurant! Upstairs in New Regent Street, the perfect place to grab a meal before attending the opera at Isaac Theatre Royal. A warm unfussy welcome including a g'day for the chef as we head upstairs. The four of us feasted on shared entrees and mains of Italian-influenced foods which were innovative in their flavours, generously offered, and using ingredients we hadn't tasted before. Everything was so sumptuous I was tempted to scoop up any remaining sale with my finger, "its a compliment" said the cheerful waitress. We received good advice on wine which included some European and regional varieties rather than the tired lists often seen in Chch restaurants. The evening was topped off by an exquisite dessert that was like little puffed donuts of sweet joy flavoured with rosewater set off with tart tamarillo and heavy cream. One of the best meals I have ever. Coming back for sure!

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Two tables downstairs where cooking is done. If booking ask for a window seat. Small limited menu (not the same one on First Table site which was disappointing for the other diner). Change in dessert menu as well. If you are a meat eater eat elsewhere. Overall our fish dishes were good, our roasted duck fat potatoes were not crisp . Would suggest to go elsewhere for dessert. Quite expensive meal we thought in the end.

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Cosy dining area in 2 storey refurbished historic house on Regent street. Lovely wine and delicious roti (entre). My main was fish of the day (Grouper) done perfectly. And my friend 's beef was good sized with done perfectly.
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
Wonderful experience. Will definitely return.

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Food was unbelievable - so flavoursome and exciting. Such a unique menu. Cute little spot on New Regent St with great service. Will definitely be back

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Samantha Warhurst

Delicious dinner and nice quick service before the theatre!

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Halyey Wells

Really cute and trendy wee place. Food was perfect!

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Fantastic food and wines. Small menu but beautifully presented and extremely tasty. Thank you

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Shanti Sheard

Had a lovely experience at Story a quaint wee restaurant. Greeted warmly by the friendly waiter who had sound knowledge of the menu. The cauliflower entree was amazing! Such beautiful flavours. Had the ribs for main, a little meat heavy but still delicious. Finished with the salted chocolate tart, just perfect. Will be back.

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Perfect food, perfect service, perfect night!

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Such an amazing space! Did not expect the restaurant to be so small and intimate. Service was fantastic - the waiter was always checking on us to make sure everything was perfect and recommended the perfect wines to accompany our mains. The main course was to die for. Everything was perfectly thought out on the plate and the flavours sensational. Only downside is we couldn't order everything on the menu.

The perfect winters dinner - will 100% be returning.

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Noelle Fox

We dined on Sunday evening July 21st and had our 1 year old with us. Unfortunately the restaurant doesn’t have child seats and we hadn’t taken our buggy. We place our food order however it become increasingly clear the baby wasn’t interested in sitting still, so the staff were kind enough to make our order a take away. The food was wonderful and the staff were very nice, we will certainly return minus the baby! It was lovely.

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Great

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Maria Bermoy

Cute place, yummy food.

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Esther Ho

Excellent experience! The food is so delicious, I tried the fish and my friends had the beef rib n lamb. They are all first class! The dining area is small but cosy, we had a great time. Thank you

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We had an absolutely wonderful time at Story... spectacular food.. staff and service! Thanks so much Story!!!!!
P.S... we highly recommended men’s the Crispy Cauliflower.. the Burata.. the vegetable Kofta.. the Lamb... and the fish of the day! Absolutely delicious!!!

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Charlotte Burgess

Food was spectacular, rich and vibrant Indian inspired plates. Great evening, looking forward to going back to try dishes which change seasonally.

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We enjoyed our evening at Story Restaurant. A very intimate restaurant overlooking New Regent Street. Our starter was a delicious deep fried Cauliflower. The lamb was lovely, followed by dark salted chocolate tart. Overall a gorgeous meal.

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Elise McLeod

A intimate dining experience with delicious food. We shared three starters (brussel sprouts, burrata, and the cauliflower) and one main (kofta) between three people which was plenty. Who knew brussel sprouts could taste so good!!! The fried broccoli could take fried chicken on a run for it's money. Thank you Story :)

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Lisa Marriott

We dined at this restaurant mid week and it was very busy.The food was unbelievable and having an Asian/Indian style the flavours of the food were exceptional.
We tried the lamb which was spicy, fish of the day which we could have licked the plate and also fish cakes which were a special of the day. All of the food was of a very high standard.
Our only complaint was the restaurant was too cold upstairs. The heat pump was struggling on a cold night.
Lovely restaurant in a great street in Christchurch.

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We enjoyed the atmosphere of a small restaurant allowing conversation to be heard, quick preparation of meal and attentive service.

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Lana Burtenshaw

Superb!!!

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Rowena Paddon

New to Christchurch and first time dining at Story. Went there with 2 friends and wow, what amazing food and fabulous service. Both my friends are vegetarians (and I'm a meat lover) and lots of amazing options for them as well. Would highly recommend and we will be back! Thank you!

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Although the restaurant is a little cramped, the food was spectacular. Particularly enjoyed the crispy cauliflower, the sweet breads & the brussel sprouts.

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Anneka Martin

Small little space but delicious food full of flavour.

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Melissa Ormsby

Simply amazing!! Hands down best meal we’ve all had in a very long time. Highly recommend and we will all certainly be back very very soon! We NEED to taste the rest of the menu

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Lynda Fulton

Beautiful food, excellent staff. Really enjoyed it.

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Janelle Woolridge

Amazing food, flavours and textures!

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great food and great service! lovely little restaurant. will definitely be going back :)

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We absolutely loved the cloudy bay clams, All of our food was great but the clams were amazing. Service was also very good and we enjoyed our special night out.

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Lovely restaurant. Fantastic food, recommend the shared entrees - the cauliflower dish and the brussel sprouts dish were amazing.

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Wow and wow.. that’s was the best meal out I’ve had in a long time! Stag amazing, 3 page gin menu, food unreal ! Only 7 tables ❤️❤️❤️ Can’t give this place enough 5 stars

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Beautiful food, great service, love this place. We will definitely be back.

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