Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Discover the best flavours of Canterbury at this modern eatery…

Straits Cafe is a chic setting for casual wining and dining. Whatever the occasion, their friendly and professional team will ensure you have a fantastic dining experience.

On the menu, enjoy fresh New Zealand cuisine, with a twist of international influences. From grilled sirloin steak to Canterbury lamb, there’s something delicious for everyone to love.

Arrived early? Head to the stylish Junction Bar, and relax with a stunning local wine, or choose from their craft beers, spirits and coffees.

Located within the Rendezvous Hotel, this is central city dining at its best.

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Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel
166 Gloucester Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
Breakfast
Monday to Friday: 6.30am - 10.00am
Weekeds & Public Holidays: 6.30am - 11.00am

Dinner
Open 7 Days: 5.30pm - 10.00pm

Phone: 03 943 3888
Website: www.tfehotels.com/en/hotels/rendezvous-hotels/christchurch/dining/?_ga=2.126586245.964984206.1544553061-208897907.1544553061

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Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Beks Browne

A really lovely restaurant in the centre of town. Great service from lovely team of staff all of whom were welcoming friendly and very helpful. The meal itself was well presented and tasted delicious. I had the Salmon and my Partner had the Pork Belly. We shared the Chocolate Brownie for desert which was divine. We will most definitely be back and have already recommended to friends and family.

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Lisa Brown

Special occassion celebrating with dinner out. Very much enjoyed our experience, attentive staff, but not over the top, beautiful food, two of had the lamb which was beautifully cooked and and one had the pasta. All meals were beautifully presented. The deserts were MasterChef quality which we all ordered one and shared. Overall we felt very happy with our choice of restaurant and meals. Thank you for adding to our special evening.

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Have dined here several times and it is consistently friendly and the food is tasty. A great pre-theatre option.

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Garry Thompson

Our second visit as the first was so enjoyable. Again staff friendly and remembered us from our last visit. Food amazing.

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Very accommodating and we had an enjoyable evening and the food was top notch

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Excellent food perfectly cooked pork
Excellent service poured our drinks, popped our napkin on our laps loved the attention to detail.
It was a birthday dinner and birthday boy received a free desert which I must say was seriously delicious, we definitely would go back again!!

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Gina Coffey

Quick service and perfect place to dine if you’re off to Isaac Theatre Royal after.

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We had steaks and they were cooked perfectly.
Staffs are kind and helpful.
Only thing was a table that wobbled when we cut steaks. Otherwise perfect.

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Great food and service

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Pre-theatre dinner treat at Straits was fantastic. The service was charming and well paced. The polenta chips cooked to perfection. The beef cheek main on chive mash with slow roasted carrots was fabulous. The salmon with risotto and charred cauliflower plus pesto was delicious and very well presented. Thank you for our great evening.

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Food and service was great. Although the soup was a bit pricey! Only criticism would be that the restaurant had no ambience. Great for a quick meal before a show at Theatre Royal

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Malou Villegas-Bautista

My 1st time to use First Table and 1st also to dine at Straits Cafe at Rendezvous Hotel will defenitely dine again and perhaps book a room with my husband. Highly recommend such excellent service and beautifully done steaks.

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Ana Faau

My husband and I had never been to an a la carte restaurant and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. So we were really relieved when the staff were so kind and professional; they made us feel so welcome. The staff continued to attend to our needs all night, without getting under our feet. I felt so relaxed and ready to check out the menu. Hubby is a huge pork belly fan, and I love mashed potatoes. So he ordered the pork belly and I got the beef cheeks with chive mash. In our whānau, we eat big; so we were skeptical when they brought out the small plates. Hubby and I shared a glance as if to say, ‘uh oh, we’re in the wrong place’ but it didn’t take long before we realised we’d be eating our meals and our words too. He reckons it’s the best pork belly he’s ever eaten, and he struggled to finish it. I like to savour the best part of my meal, leaving it til last. It was hard to know which bite to leave for my little ritual: the mash was so fluffy it was like a cloud; and the beef cheeks were so tender and soft they melted in my mouth! We hadn’t been on a date for some time and this dining experience was just what we needed to reconnect and make memories together. We definitely recommend Straits Café at Rendezvous Hotel and we’ll be back again for round two of our favourite meals.

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Steak was perfectly cooked and pasta / mushroom dish very tasty. Tomato starter good but more than both of us could manage.

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Pamela Kittelty

Food well cooked well and presented well.

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Garry Thompson

Excellent parking close by. Service was excellent as was the food. Would recommend to everyone.

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We were very impressed with our dining experience. Nice small restaurant, no loud music and lovely service. Food portions were great, esp the starters and we both had excellently cooked meat for mains- lamb rump and pork belly. A major plus was how comfortable the chairs were! So often the restaurant chairs these days are hard and uncomfortably shaped. These were perfect. Highly recommend a visit

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Celeste Fleming

Amazing only thing can say food was amazing the servive was great 4 of us dinned here saturday for a celebration dinner we enjoyed every moment. The steak was to die for, and those entrees were spot on.. there was basically no wait fast prompt and delicious we will be back

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Jeff Roberts

Great food, generous servings and excellent service :o)

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Paula Jackson

Dined here before going to the theatre. We chose the chose the Chicken and Prawn Latska, which we thought was very tasty and I liked the idea that the chillies came aa a small side dish to add as much or as little as you like. The staff were friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back again

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Enjoyed both food and service. Especially loved the aranci, and pork belly.

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Excellent location allowing early dinner prior to concert. Prompt attentive service. Good range of food choices and beverages. Food was well presented and tasty.

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The food had a good selection and well presented. The service was very attentive

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Excellent delicious menu selection with world class chefs.

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Great experience.Thank you very much

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The service was very friendly and attentive, definitely couldn't fault the staff. We were going to a show at the Isaac theatre and our meal was served in good time.
The wine list was not extensive and our first two choices were not available but the waitress let my husband taste a couple of the others before buying a bottle so that helped that choice. There was a good choice of food and we were all very happy with our meals and they were presented beautifully.
Not necessarily a place you would go for a night out but as part of a night out it's great, would definitely recommend.

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Superb food, wonderful personable service by two female staff who made an enjoyable dining experience.

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Enjoyed our evening . Will be back

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Tracy Richings

Lovely meal, service prompt and helpful. Very handy place for theatre goers

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Great service AAA+++

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Delwyn Lawless

Very friendly and attentive staff. Absolutely beautiful tasty and well presented foods. I will definitely be returning

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Darin Devanny

Fantastic in all respects. Highly tecomended

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We had an evening meal here last night
The resyltaurant is well ser out and nice decor
The food was excellent!
I had a chicken caesar salad. I consider myself an expert on these and this was one of the best! Crisp greens,very generous serve and the paoched egg....perfect!
My husband had the ribeye steak witj veg and fries.
Generous serving and the steak perfectly cooked
Thank you.
We would return and will recommend to others

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Jemma 'Briggs' Rangi

Great service. Tasty food, although dishes had many flavours on one plate. Lovely presented dishes.

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We had a great meal prior to walking across to the Isaac Theatre Royal for a show. The location is excellent for any night out like this. It is good to get in to town and get a park early and have a leisurely tea. The food was very tasty and the staff very attentive and lovely. We will certainly go back again and are very thankful for the opportunity to use table one. It is such a great idea and suits us immensely as we prefer to eat earlier rather than later anyway

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john yates

Could not fault the food and service once again. Impeccable presentation. Full of flavour. This restaurant is our favourite in Christchurch.

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We found everything to be as many other reviewers have before. Food was really good and our waitress was attentive, helpful and efficient. Will definitely return.

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Kaye Souter

Food was delicious. Service attentive but not over the top. Would dine there again

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From the moment we walked in staff were very attentive. The food...so declious. We will go back. Loved it.

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Delicious food and excellent service. We really enjoyed our dinner.

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Sharon Keane

Nice restaurant. Waitress was very friendly and helpful. Food was good, we had the salmon salad to start and then the prime rib eye steak which was very nice.

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Bill Hardie

Great service. Pleasant environment though lacks a bit of soul. Food was good but not outstanding. Steak was a bit dry and stringy (perhaps had been frozen??). Delicious soup.

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Leslie Longster

A wonderful place for a quiet dinner. Great atmosphere, food and staff.

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Nice food, peaceful atmosphere, helpful waitress!

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Friendly staff, good menu to choose from, beautifully cooked and presented

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We wouldn’t have even considered Straits Cafe if not for first table and I tell you what .. it was the best dining experience I’ve had in Christchurch. So many places have let us down in the city but Straits was 10/10. Beautiful food, amazing service, fantastic restaurant setting. Everything was amazing. Can’t speak highly enough of it!

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There was a function going on in the main restaurant so we were off in a side room. There wasn't a lot of ambiance as it was a small room and we were the only diners. But it was still a nice dining experience as we seemed to at times have three staff waiting on us! Food was tasty with nicely sized portions and beautifully presented. Wines were lovely.

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Wong Wiingg

This was the first meal for our trip in South Island. The dishes were well-cooked. They looked awesome and tasted delicious. We also had very nice desserts. Wonderful dinner.

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Great service.

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Kay Faulls

Straits cafe was a great place to celebrate a birthday.
All the food, salmon salad, pork belly & lamb were beautifully presented and delicious. Staff were attentive without being intrusive, will go again.

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