Sun Dog Diner

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Cuisine: American (Traditional), Mexican, Tex-Mex
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $30

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

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Absolutely delicious! We all enjoyed our meals. They were tasty, fresh and beautifully presented. Extremely pleasant staff that were friendly, engaging and helpful. Can't wait to try more off the menu!

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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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caroline soderberg

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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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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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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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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Very Happy with the dining experience.. cosy little place, not to noisy and really cool theme.. Very fair price with hardly anything over $20 my favourite was the potato skins we had as an entree , very more ish !

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Glad we made it in on a Thursday - little Italy night. What a great idea. The lasagna was the best we've had in NZ. One of us had (love the names) the 'Bomb Diggity' spinach and artichoke dip, and it was really good. We can taste the passion for food that goes into preparation of these dishes. This time I had a taste of the cherry and pecan pies. I may just have to go there for dessert. Also, I cant' seem to leave there without a date with a Cinnamon Girl. Yummy cinnamon roll. They certainly do deserve their Avenues Magazine Best Diner in Christchurch award. Go check it out for yourself.

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Nicki Beveridge

Wow! What an experience. The atmosphere and energy of the place was great. Old school pictures on the walls, lamps made out our comics. Serving bowls out old records.
As for the food...Tasty and unique. Not the run of the mill standard restaurant.
Their sodas are hand made, and the milkshake were mmmmmm good.

Go for the experience and see for yourselves

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Jamie Robinson

We had a fantastic dinner at Sundog Diner - food and drinks were delicious (try the orange and dandelion soda, so tasty!). The atmosphere was great, the whole place was humming - which did mean slightly slower service however the delightful owner picked up on that and made sure our drinks were hustled out to us as soon as she spotted it! Would definitely recommend, and will be back again for the desserts we didn't have room for this time!! Thanks for having us :)

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Why have we never been to this amazing little place?? Two adults two kids and we dined like kings! The staff are so friendly and the food is divine. My 9 year old said it was the best mac cheese he'd ever had! Proper food made with love. We will definitely be going back!

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Absolutely loved the food. We went for the burrito and the taco bowl and they were both tasty, fresh and pretty guilt-free compared with a lot of Mexican places without compromising on flavour, really delicious.
I would also recommend the margarita, it was excellent.
They were very busy when we went but we still felt like we got all the service we needed.
We'll definitely be back!

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Nataša Kolak

We absolutely loved our first time here!

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Absolutely loved it! Amazing food and very friendly staff, will be back very soon!

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If you feel like good hearty comfort food there is certainly a good array on the menu. I had the Dixie Chicken sandwich, would have liked to have seen a lot more chicken in it, the sausage (made in house) for the breakfast was a type of meat pattie. The servings were very large.But the food was disappointing really. Staff were friendly

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Homemade soft corn tortilla tacos - the best in Christchurch. Taco Tuesday is where its at!

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The service & ambiance were amazing, our starter and my partners meal were spectacular.

My meal however, the fried chicken, was very disappointing, the batter was under cooked, and the chicken was overcooked, there was also more batter than chicken, I'd estimate around 100grams or less of chicken was included, not great for a $25 meal. To their credit the chef apologized and they didn't charge us for my meal, but I'm still not sure if I'll dine here again.

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Tried the chicken fried steak was awesome. I’ll be back

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John Quirk

Amazing milkshakes, delicious food

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Kim Francis

Fabulous brekky venue awesome twists on the favourites.

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Great food and excellent service. Staff are very friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you

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Alix Nicholson

Really cool and funky wee place, staff were friendly and helpful, food was delicious.
Best part was the discovery of their "mockamole" which is guac without avo which is perfect for us as my partner has an irrational hatred of avocados (his millennial card has been officially revoked) and it was delicious! I will be trying to recreate this at home and will be back to have Sun Dogs when I ultimately fail. Very glad to have "guac" back in my life!

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Sarah Armstrong

We went on Taco Tuesday. Friendly service and food was fine. Taco shell a bit thick!

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Lisa Haase

Awesome place, food was fantastic and service the same, will definitely go back

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Matt Comins

Interesting TexMex Kai.
Waitstaff were awesome.
Tap beers were hoppy AF.
Kids meals were stunning.
My burrito was superb
And Wifeys Beastmaster definitely tamed her.
Will go back for either Taco Tues or Burger Wed.
Highly recommend

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Ok meal

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Adam Teo

Great food and excellent service from the staff at Sun Dog Diner. Nice place to have a relaxed lunch, would definitely go back!

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This was our Christmas dinner with family we won’t see on Christmas Day. Staff was great, excellent friendly service and the food was so good. Cookie Monster desert very yummy and fun. 100% recommend!

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Great place to eat and enjoy an evening out!

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Good location, ample parking. Portions were large and service was very good. We informed that we wish to share some of the dishes and the extra plates were provided readily. Enjoyed the burger of the day very much.

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tong zhang

Great service and tasty food !!

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Jane Su

My girl friends and I had a great time at Sun Dog last night. The food was delicious and flavorsome. The staff was friendly. A nice place to go to for a chilled out evening.

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Absolutely delicious! We all enjoyed our meals. They were tasty, fresh and beautifully presented. Extremely pleasant staff that were friendly, engaging and helpful. Can't wait to try more off the menu!

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Lovely little place, I like the different themed evenings.. it was sci-fi Friday when we attended. We have the chicken and the brisket sandwich with fries which was lovely. The staff were also super friendly we will definitely return

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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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caroline soderberg

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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Anisa Kazemi

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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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