Cuisine: American (Traditional), Mexican, Tex-Mex
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30
Ranked: #10 of 94 restaurants in Christchurch

Welcome to Sun Dog Diner, the best rock n’ roll American diner and dive bar in Christchurch!

Step into this colourful diner, furnished with slick decor, quirky seating and bright wall art, and discover comfort food that never goes out of style. The menu is an entertaining read, featuring the best of American and Mexican mains, with tasty snacks, specials and desserts to try.

By day, dig into hearty breakfasts and Tex-Mex cuisine, from pancakes and eggs benedict to homemade American chili. For dinner, try their world-famous mac n’ cheese or vegan-friendly burrito, or celebrate Taco Tuesday with a hand-pressed corn tortilla and your choice of filling.

Sun Dog Diner is proud to support independent New Zealand suppliers. Their bar serves a selection of stunning local wines, craft beers and ales, as well as premium tequila, spirits and cocktails.

With mouthwatering food, fun vibes and warm hospitality, Sun Dog Diner ticks all the boxes for an entertaining evening out.

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Sun Dog Diner
2 Papanui Road Unit 7
Christchurch 8014

Open Hours:
Tuesday 8am - 9pm
Wednesday 8am - 9pm
Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday 8am - 9pm
Saturday 8am - 9pm
Sunday 8am - 3pm

Phone: 03 260 1166
Website: www.sundogdiner.co.nz

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Ranked: #10 of 94 restaurants in Christchurch 10
Sun Dog Diner
Cuisine: American (Traditional), Mexican, Tex-Mex
Mains: $15 - $30

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Laura Gardener

Love this place! We will definitely be back. Food is great and the service is fantastic!

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Peiyi Keow

The food were tasty, good service and we enjoyed it. Just one note to the angus beef steak patties were a little salty for us. The rest were just perfect.

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Delicious food, great drinks and awesome decor. Sun Dog has quickly become a regular spot for me.

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Ablurton Ton

The food & drinks were so good and they had a vegan option too! Really enjoyed our evening, food was fab & great service. Thanks.

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Rachel Fitzgerald

So looking forward to a date night!
Building a house....money is tight!

Last minute change...sitter not free
Might just be me again making tea:(

Made a call to to the Diner
They couldn’t be finer...

A high chair was sorted....
So had dinner with three!

Awesome meal, great service... they accommodated our 1 year old so well and we had a great night!

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Tasha Gilbert

Fantastic evening. Friendly service, great food. We’ll be back!

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John Watson

Great retro vibe in this place, service is superb and the food even better! 10 year old says it is now his favorite restaurant and loved the mac n cheese

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A fun place with fantastic tasty food.

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Beatrice Holman

Had a really lovely meal! Service was great and the food came out in expected times, will definitely go back!

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Isaac Tull

Great food, staff was extremely helpful with catering to dietary requirements. Also the menu is diverse with something for everybody.

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Jennie Evett

We had a great meal here. The staff were so friendly and welcoming. The food was amazing and so fresh. I highly recommend the Locked & Loaded potato skins!

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Nicola Thompson

Always and without fail, excellent food and excellent service. Our new discovery is very yummy cocktails which set off the food so well. Never disappoints

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Nice meal, big serve. Kids enjoyed Mac n cheese, chicken spicy starter was tasty as were the jalapeño Mac n cheese. Service was fantastic

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Great selection including wide range of V and GF options.
Delicious and generous serving sizes.
Service friendly and helpful.
Would go again.

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OMG AMAZING. Flavour explosion in the mouth and washed it down with a cool margarita. Great range of food to choose from. Would have tried everything if my belly allowed me too!!!My partner hates trying new things but gave this a tick of approval and even enjoyed the cheesecake!!! Great chilled atmosphere and all the staff were very attentive. Definitely would bring my family and friends back ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

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Jess Samy

We dined here on Wednesday night. It was amazing. friendly helpful staffs service was excellent great environment funky decor absolutely loved it will be coming back here again and again. I’ve always wanted to have a local restaurant or cafe to go to ...ThiS Could Be it!

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Emma Cullen

The Sun Dog Diner was everything we hope for in a restaurant experience.

We have two small children (2 and 3) so a formal setting is not very comfortable for us. Our 3 year old knocked his water over accidentally and a waiter was at our table almost instantly with a towel to mop it up with.

The atmosphere was great - lots of 80s music, vinyls on the walls, pop culture references - it was right up our alley.

The food was delicious. I had the Elvis Burrito; it was enormous and it came with a salad too! My husband had the Tacos because it was Taco Tuesday and he loved all the flavours. Mr 2 had Mini Mac (Macaroni Cheese), which they kindly provided tomato sauce for, and Mr 3 had a Jenga Jr (pile of french toast) which looked and tasted great.

Every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful. The meals were great value for money and we'll definitely be going back.

The only issue we had was we were seated in a window booth at 5:30pm on a hot day and the sun got pretty intense. But it was just a small downside of a really enjoyable night.

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Isla Kennedy

Awesome vibe to sundog diner, service was great and the food was awesome! Great vegan and GF options for everyone. Will be back 10/10

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Josh Minchington

The food was amazing! We were lucky enough to go on a Friday night for ‘Sci-Fi Friday’ and had a classic Star Trek movie playing in the background which was just awesome! Waitstaff were amazing and super welcoming. DEFINITELY coming back!

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All staff were amazing and the food was insane!!! Would definitely go back frequently

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Rebecca O'Neill

Awesome food and even better staff!! We will definitely be headed back

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Great food and would defiantly go back for lots of their specials too!!

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Sam Moffatt

DELICIOUS!!! We came for dinner for the first time to sun dog diner. What delicious tasty food. We both had the sandwiches, which were both yummy, and then both had the warm.chocolate chip cookie which was so tasty. Looking forward to returning

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Billie Wells

Loved this place! The decor was fun and a cool vibe. Staff were attentive and super friendly but not too bothersome

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On arrival the staff were really friendly and made you feel welcome. The Diner has a warm feeling and is very clean and tidy with nice decor.

The food was amazing and could not fault it, a good choice of meals on the menu and a variety of drinks available.

Will most certainly be recommending this place to friends and will be visiting this place again.

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We had a great night. Food was tasty and a little different. Staff wete really great.
Nothing was a problem. Plus they have the smoothest golden margarita. Definitely go back

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Great service and yummy food. Apple pie to die for.

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Steve Atwood

I enjoyed Mushroom Blitz which was delicious and well presented. The restaurant itself has beautiful decor with a touch of retro. From the outside it looks like just another diner, so you have to be inquisitive and venture into the establishment. I would highly recommend this restaurant for it's tasty flavoured cuisine, cleanliness and brand new design. To top it off it has a food theme from Tuesday to Saturday with a different cuisine each day. The restaurant is closed Mondays and the staff really deserve the day off for all their effort they put into the rest of the week.

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Victoria Rakhmanova

We dined here on 12 of October. It was our first time at Sun Dog Diner so we were really looking forward to that! Overall impression is good, but not excellent. The place has its own character and very stylish. The food was nice and fresh and portions are very generous. Be aware! Lol... We ordered too much and couldn't finish the food However on our request if we can take leftovers home - we surprisingly received strong No... Which is a bit strange to be honest!

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What a great place for a meal out. Loved the super choices on the menu, our vegetarian friend was also very happy. Service was very friendly and helpful. A special mention of the fruit pie dessert, it was one of the best we have tasted!

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Kirstie Croft

Great service and great food. We were too full for dessert, so we will have to come back another time :)

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Rosemary Collins

Awesome food and service as we've come to expect from Sun Dog. We've been to the Sun Dog many times and thought we would try Burger Night. OMG the chili burger was divine. Thank you Sun Dog for being consistently incredible with your food and delightful service.

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Great service!

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Food was very good Their signature dish mac n cheese had a a lovely garlic hit
The pulled pork sandwhich was excellent served with lovely crispy chips. Both dishes worth checking out but there are several other choices worth considering

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I would highly reccomend! Great food that caters for all would highly recommended!

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Visited on a Thursday night with my hubby and 2 kids (10 and 13). The cool decor provided good conversation among the family and the music was spot on. Chilli Texas Massacre provided a nice warm up to the main event of Ritchie Valens Burritto (spicy!), El Machete (beautiful fresh salsa on top), The Count (bit disappointing, a bit bland), and The Beastmaster. This was the pick of the 4 meals, other 3 people had meal envy and finished off what Mr 10 couldn't fit in. Madly, we had dessert too. 2 cookies, 1 Kahlua cheesecake, and the Pinot Noir cake of the day, which must've been good as it vanished rather quickly! Attentive staff but not constantly hovering, and really friendly. Loved our visit, will be back!

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Really nice food. The cherry pie was wonderful. Lots of choice. Very popular restaurant with family groups. Will go back.

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Chris Crosbie

Great food, best chips in town. Very friendly staff, highly recommend

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Georgia Hanford

Had a fantastic meal at Sun Dog Diner last night. The service was friendly and fast and we didn't have to wait too long for our meals either. We both had the Bob's Burgers special and it was delicious, as was the fried chicken. Can't wait to go back!

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Alister Castillo

Lovely atmosphere and the food was great!

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Anne Gordon

Delicious food an excellent service. Great atmosphere, and very cool decor.

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Love this place!!! The food is amazing, the service is friendly. Wished I lived closer so I could indulge in those cinnamon rolls everyday. Delicious!!

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Angee Robertson

So yummy! Cool menu and drinks- see you again!

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Helen Pickles

Had a great time. Loved the food, service and cosy atmosphere.

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Carolyn Challenger

Fantastic night. We had a vegan friend with us. The wait staff knew about all the food choices and was very helpful. Everyone was friendly and the food and service excellent. We’ll certainly be going back. Thankyou.

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Great food and service. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for some great American diner styled food.

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Peter Gill

Went as a couple with our 3yo. Non of the kids menu items appealed but she enjoyed the small chilli. We shared the cheesy spinach artichoke started which was amazing. I had the Bob's burger special which I enjoyed and the blueberry pie which was amazing, top drawer. Overall experience was great and defiantly will go again.

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Another great dinner. If you have never been you really should!!

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Romane Bstl

Food was amazing and in good quantity , the atmosphere very nice and cosy , lot of stuff to discover and analyse ! Would recommend !

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Kirsten Hurring

It was amazing the food the service just everything!!

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