Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #15 of 91 restaurants in Christchurch

Artsy and cool, offering modern cuisine and stunning presentation, Universo is universally adored.

Its location in the Christchurch Art Gallery says it all. It oozes urban cool as well as offering a retreat from the city. You’ll find yourself surrounded by potted plants and enormous glass walls whilst you relax into their comfy booths, enjoying the sunlight as it drenches the space. Don’t forget to wear your edgiest getup!

For breakfast, tuck into their classic breakfast that has a delicious vegetarian counterpart. If you’re after something truly substantial, go for their pork belly that comes with kimchi and potatoes; you won’t have to worry about lunch!

And for dinner, there are a selection of classic pasta dishes as well as sumptuous salads. For the meat lovers out there, there is a South Island Venison to tuck into or a slow roasted lamb shoulder. Alternatively, the seafood velouté is jam-packed with market fish, clams, mussels, prawns, you name it! A fish lover's paradise to be sure!

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Universo Brasserie & Bar
49 Worcester Blvd
Christchurch 8013

Open Hours:
Sunday - Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 9am - 12am

Phone: +64 3 379 5214
Website: www.universo.co.nz

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Ranked: #15 of 91 restaurants in Christchurch 15
Universo Brasserie & Bar
Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand, Share Plates
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

We tried trust the chef and all 4 of us were very happy with the meal. We had 3 starters , 4 generous protein servings ( the lamb was huge) and 4 vege/salads. All was beautiful. I had read online that there was a desert option which the staff were not aware of but the very nicely agreed to provide this. Once again all choices were lovely. Thoroughly recommend

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A five star restaurant. One of the best First Tables we have ever been to! The selection of food was fantastic and beautifully presented. And so tasty. We loved everything we chose. The service from the staff was great. And you have to check out the facilities! Such attention to detail on every factor.

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Our mains were absolutely delicious! Top quality ingredients artistically combined to create unforgettable taste. The staff was friendly and polite. Highly recommend this place!

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Dion Manson

The number of times we walked passed this cool eatery at the Art Gallery during the early hours of ANZAC dawn parade over the years, and thought to try it out and never got around to it feels like a typical new years resolution. My wife and I finally made it in and so glad that we made it in on a cold drizzly Christchurch morning. The staff member were very welcoming from the start and got us excited for our impromptu breakfast date. My wife had the Pork Belly and I had the Salmon Hash, wow! So much flavor in a breakfast dish, definitely something we both did not expect. We have been to places with great meals but a lack luster coffee, this is definitely not one of them. The little in house made mini meringues gave it a very nice touch to our hot drinks. Universo Brasserie is now off our bucket list to try, but one we have added to the list of must revisit!

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Mark Elliott

Universo is absolutely superb. We had a party of 4 and felt that the service was very good. We had the fish and pork as shared starters and then had a main each. Everything with the food was fantastic. Having used first table now over 20’times, Universo is right at the top of the list. Highly recommended

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Maddy Berquist

Amazing food, fantastic service, and a really intimate atmosphere! First table allowed us to celebrate a really special evening by indulging in gourmet food without the gourmet price tag! First time using First Table and certainly won’t be the last, will definitely be using first table again and again! Thank you so much!

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Jo Sanders

Great staff and food lived up to our expectations. Will definitely be revisiting.

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Excellent food and service. Great place to catchup for breakie

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The food was delicious!!

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We tried trust the chef and all 4 of us were very happy with the meal. We had 3 starters , 4 generous protein servings ( the lamb was huge) and 4 vege/salads. All was beautiful. I had read online that there was a desert option which the staff were not aware of but the very nicely agreed to provide this. Once again all choices were lovely. Thoroughly recommend

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Great food , service and atmosphere. Perfect start to the day!

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Victoria Radcliffe

Food here is devine. Great service our waiter was just amazing. Overall excellent dinning experience and would go again, and again and again.
Thank you

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Beautiful and delicious food. Lovely atmosphere in the centre of Christchurch. Will definitely go again

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Dined here with two friends. Fantastic food and service a great experience all round, highly recommend and the apple tart is a standout.

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Donna Tse

We had a lovely evening with your very attentive staff and the food was absolutely delicious! The drinks was spot on too. We'll be back! Thank you - keep up your good work! Thank you for such a lovely evening

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A five star restaurant. One of the best First Tables we have ever been to! The selection of food was fantastic and beautifully presented. And so tasty. We loved everything we chose. The service from the staff was great. And you have to check out the facilities! Such attention to detail on every factor.

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First time at Universo Brasserie & Bar and it was fabulous! Food could not fault! Service great! Loved the Location. Thanks Universo

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Food was amazing and service was top notch!
Great waiter was very helpful and assisted to all dietary needs.

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Great experience great food would recommend

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Sharon Johns

Excellent food, three of us had three different dishes and each thought the other meal looked just as good as theirs but what we each had was fabulous. Just know when we go back that we can have one of the other dishes and not be disappointed

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David Kermode

Wow! What a great way to start a Sunday morning with breakfast at Universo. The staff were very friendly and obliging. The food was amazing with lots of different choices. We will be back.

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We will definitely be back - great service and exceptional food.

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great food and good service.

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Food was great. Service attentive. A great place overall. The place feels comfortable and has a seductive tone to it.

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Our mains were absolutely delicious! Top quality ingredients artistically combined to create unforgettable taste. The staff was friendly and polite. Highly recommend this place!

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Nick Rhodes

Great breakfast and wonderful location to go an explore the city centre!

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Dion Manson

The number of times we walked passed this cool eatery at the Art Gallery during the early hours of ANZAC dawn parade over the years, and thought to try it out and never got around to it feels like a typical new years resolution. My wife and I finally made it in and so glad that we made it in on a cold drizzly Christchurch morning. The staff member were very welcoming from the start and got us excited for our impromptu breakfast date. My wife had the Pork Belly and I had the Salmon Hash, wow! So much flavor in a breakfast dish, definitely something we both did not expect. We have been to places with great meals but a lack luster coffee, this is definitely not one of them. The little in house made mini meringues gave it a very nice touch to our hot drinks. Universo Brasserie is now off our bucket list to try, but one we have added to the list of must revisit!

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g bennett

Had the pleasure of breakfast at Universo.The food and service were great along with a fantastic view.
Thanks a lot

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Verity Smith

This was my first time dining here and found the food and service amazing!

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Diana Fahey

Excellent food and service thanks.

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Caleb Anderson

Awesome breakfast menu and great spot, the wife loved it

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Maree Carruthers

I can highly recommend Universo Brassiere and Bar. Fantastic food, staff and service. They didn’t even mind that I was 15 minutes late! I was very grateful. A wee glitch with the bill at the end but staff handled it incredibly well when I phoned, and quickly rectified the situation. Thanks for a great dining experience on a very grotty winters evening.

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Holly Stirling

Great food and service, would return again.. might even pay full price :)

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Great location - excellent food and service

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Hi it was the first time my friends and I had dined at Universo. The food was
absolutely delicious and we all really enjoyed it. I had the market fish, one of my friends had the sefood volente, and the other pork belly. The atmosphere and music are great to. One of my friends was pointing and commenting at the lights behind the bar and the waiter thought we needed his assistance so came over straight away. We will definitely be coming back again in the not to distant future. Would love to sit outside in the Summer and watch the world go by, with a few drinks and awesome food.

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Great location at the art gallery, delicious food especially the calamari, I head the chefs special which was amazing, all that thrown in with friendly attentive staff made for a fabulous evening

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Universo is one of the hippest and cozy places to have a brunch in the weekends. Looking outside the city vibe and having a nicely presented warm meal makes a full day. The food and service is both lovely, as usual.

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Meredith Wain

Great, will return

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Food and staff were great. But the restaurant lacks some character to make it worth the full price of the meals.

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Steve Atwood

Enjoyed a beautiful cooked breakfast which included bacon and eggs, and spicy baked beans. The brasserie and bar is very stylish and you can be cosy in the winter or super cool in the summer especially sitting outside. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

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Victoria Radcliffe

Amazing amazing amazing food x

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Thanks to all the staff at Universo for making our evening out so pleasurable. The quality of the food, service and ambiance were outstanding. My friends and I had a great evening and look forward to returning in the future.

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Bryn Ealey

Great food and exceptional service

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Gina Coffey

Delicious food as always. Attentive and friendly staff.

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Had an awesome meal at Universo Brasserie & Bar. For starters we had the pork belly and calamari followed by the duck and fish of the day.
Overall it was presented and cooked to a high standard. Would recommend to others

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g bennett

Great location and decor.The quality of food varied from plate to plate but overall well presented and good quality
.Thankyou and we'll be back

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Julia Burdett-Clark

What a great evening. The food was divine, from entree right through to dessert. The pork bites were delicious, and perfect size to share between 2. The duck was great but the steak - that was amazing. We shared the two person dessert, and it could have fed 4! Again, delicious. We were serviced well. The only slight negative was it was very cold in there. Keep your coat on! Otherwise, a lovely meal.

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We had a lovely dinner prior to going to an event at the art gallery. Our waiter was attentive, noting when we needed things. Food was stunning. Best gnocchi I've had in a long time and my partner was very happy with his pork belly. Also shared some breads and dips, beef croquettes and the roasted cauliflower. All were delicious and the chocolate brownie capped it all off perfectly.

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Exquisite food, exceptional service.

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Rachael Hutchinson

Amazing breakfast, delicious food with a wide range of choices. Service a little slow but that is understandable as they just opened for the day.

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First time dining at Universo and we would definitely return. Great location and the food and service was really good.

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Fi Peterson

Food was great! Service was friendly and attentive!

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Universo is a lovely spot for Breakfast. I would 100% recommend their fried brioche - a french toast style dish with ice cream, caramel drizzle, passionfruit sauce and crushed meringe. Lovely coffees as well and they did a very cute panda stencil on mine. Service both times I've gone has been extremely warm and accommodating.

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Lily Marr

The food was nice but portions were quite small, not sure if it was because they knew we were on first table or not. But really enjoyed the night out all the same

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Mark Somers

Loved the food, service and ambience.The pork was delicious but we all really enjoyed our meals-one of the best meals we have had for a long time.
Definitely will return.

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