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

This cosy, little local provides a quiet, comfortable atmosphere, rich in history.

The Harvard Bar and Café – located at Wigram Base Hotel – is one of Christchurch’s most historic boutique venues.

The original RNZAF Base Wigram Officers Mess was built in 1938, it served officers of Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Wigram for decades. During its time it would see royal visits, dining ins, graduation parties, dinners and events for International delegations.
The Harvard Bar and Café has been renovated and restored with the addition of a covered courtyard and outdoor dinning.

Their menu is focused on delivering a classic style menu with all the old favorites made using local produce, all at a reasonable price.

The bar offers a range of beverages, from fair-trade coffee to craft beers as well as your everyday favorites.

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The Harvard Bar & Café
14 Henry Wigram Drive
Christchurch

Open Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Phone: 03 341 5910

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The Harvard Bar & Café
Location: Wigram
Cuisine: A La Carte, Bistro, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35

Reviews

Vanessa Crisp

3 of us dined for a birthday meal. It was the first time dining there. The food was wonderful and well cooked. My husband said his steak was one of the best he's had. The place was welcoming and we were well looked after, nothing seemed a problem. When one of the desserts was not available they went out of their way to offer a chocolate "fix" alternative. We will be back.

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The food was delicious, and there was plenty of choice on the menu so everyone was happy. Our waiter, who I believe is the manager, was lovely and even let us have a walk around the historic building and taught us some of the history behind it. Will definitely be recommending the restaurant to friends and family

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Kevin Berry

It was our first time here. The food was excellent and the service very friendly. We'll certainly return.

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We went there for my Mum's birthday and it totally exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. The decor was comfortable and stylish without being over the top. I loved all the Christmas decorations, it gave it such a nice feeling. It was a very hot day so the air conditioning was a huge relief, when we got there we were told that if it got too cold then just ask and they would adjust it, it was very considerate to ask. My Mum is a vegetarian so it can be difficult to find places where the food caters for her just as well as us and they did an amazing job, they didn't make her feel like it was anything difficult, they totally listened to what she asked for and gave her exactly that. I know that we will all definitely be returning. Excellent value for money. Would recommend to anyone, especially families with children

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Carol Ryder

It looked like a cool place right from the start,
I wandered in with my two teenagers and immediately greeted by the friendly staff. The food was absolutely wonderful, from the flavour to presentation, very pleasing. Was peaceful and relaxing.
By the end of the meal we were planning our next visit .
We will be back ! Thanks so much♡  

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Very good overall, really great service, food was good and the venue is really nice. Great experience

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Always enjoy it here

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My husband and I had a lovely evening. My husband ordered Blue Cod battered and french fries with coleslaw. He enjoyed that. I ordered the Blue Cod, but pan fried and I asked if I could instead have grilled vegetables with it as a healthy option. The Chef made a special effort and created a new dish, just for me. It was wonderful.

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Great place as able to converse well with so sense of being hurried, a great relaxing sunday

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Helen Smart

great selection of craft beers on tap. Such wonderful people serving us.

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Vanessa Crisp

Once again a lovely meal.

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Great place to go with family. We went there for lunch. Food, Drinks and Service were awesome and we felt more relaxed to be there on a Sunny day. Will definitely go there again some time sooner.

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Garry Thompson

Always a great meal and good to see light wine sold by the glass

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Esther Ho

Great place to catch up with friends

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10 out of 10 great food very good service we will be back

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Rob Harrod

Great lunch at the Harvard Bar and Cafe. Good service and an enjoyable meal in the unique atmosphere of this old air base.

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Ian Gibson

lovely food, the place was clean and tidy, service was great

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Very lovely meal in a nice environment. Service was absolutely superb.

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Nina Perez Izadi

The Harvard Bar & Cafe has a very pleasant outdoor space. The service was excellent and the food was beautiful. We tried the blue cod and the rib eye and both were perfectly cooked and the chips were golden and crispy. We will definitely be back.

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Had a lovely evening with family. The service was outstanding and food delicious! 100% happy with the night.

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Jodie Cobeldick

Great restaurant, lovely food and service and reasonably priced.

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Helen Smart

hospitality and generosity was beyond imagination. Thx you Neil and Chef.and the lovely waitress. .

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Chris Roper

A warm cosy place with good service however the food was not very good.

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A warm welcome on arrival. Great air-con as it was 35 outside!!
Service was timely and the food was of a very good standard. Most enjoyable.

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Disappointed. Had never been before and only chose venue after looking at their menu online, on arrival discovered the menu had changed the month before to a much restricted one with limited appeal. Would have left but as we’d already paid $10 for the table we ordered what turned out to be very average food.
The service was quick and friendly and the removal of Christmas decorations would help the decor.

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Peter Wilkie

Really nice food and good service

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Great basic kind of place. Very quiet and tucked away so not crowded. Food was food and staff very friendly.

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Taff Jones

The Bar and cafe surroundings are magnificent if you like a bit of history of the place itself, the place is warm and inviting with a lovely outdoor setting.

We were made to feel welcome and the staff were friendly, the food we had was lovely and very tasteful. We didn't wait long for the food to be served after we ordered, same as the dessert, lovely.

Will most definitely go back.

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Shaufi Azmi

Very friendly service. For food, it’s alright. Can be better

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Thankyou, excellent dining experience and service.

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Marianne Hansen

Great service and food. Would definitely go back

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Starters were great mains not so great overall not too bad they did deduct steak meal which was largely uneaten

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Diana McKellow

A nice local restaurant, with friendly service and relaxed atmosphere.

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It was a quiet night at the Wigram Bar and restaurant. However, we enjoyed our meals. Jim's blue cod looked great and he enjoyed it. I had the House salad and prawns which was good too. We had dessert each which finished our meals beautifully. Jim enjoyed Cassel's porter beer on tap.

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We had really good dinner and excellent service I would definitely go back .

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Kerry Mannex

Very pleasant atmosphere and food cooked nicely

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The blue cod was out of this world Best that I have had thank you Nice place to have a quiet luncheon

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Simone Templeton

My daughter and I had a wee celebration dinner for my graduation. The resturant was very clean and the table well presented. The server was very friendly and efficient. The food was served fast and was hot. We ate everything, and my daughter had a large ice cream Sunday which I didn't think she would eat all of it. But she did

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Andrea Templeton

We were very well looked after by the one waitress as we were the only 4 people there. Enjoyable meals although my steak was a bit overdone. The blueberry cheesecake and sticky date puddings were delicious.

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All good. Enjoyed our meal.

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Excellent food

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Viv Tasker Valentine

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Harvard. Lovely outdoor seating areas .

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Our first table experience was great, food was great and service was very good and the staff were very helpful. Would definitely go back again.

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Steve Atwood

Enjoyed blue cod with salad and fries. Lovely atmosphere and situated in a very quiet street. A great dining experience.

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Garry Thompson

Friendly staff. Great to see a low alcohol wine available

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We had an excellent birthday celebration dinner. Great food was enjoyed by all in a very relaxing environment. Easy parking. Many thanks.

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Thomas Li

Great food and good value. Very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Wonderful service too, highly recommended.

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Nathalie Spencer

At first sight definitely not my thing, however the nod to Wigram as an air base was a cool vibe. Food simple and very friendly service!!

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

Steak was nice. Chips hot. Service great. Unfortunately asked for vegetables instead of salad but got salad, no vegetables.

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We had a nice dinner there. Kids love the creamy pasta and yummy flat bread. The beef roast and lamb shank are delicious! Excellent service and smile! Thanks

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Os Beetoon

We had a wonderful dinner, great service and lovely meal. We definitely would have dinner here again.

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Clarita Pichon Riviere

REally nice place and people. The food was good too

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Vanessa Crisp

3 of us dined for a birthday meal. It was the first time dining there. The food was wonderful and well cooked. My husband said his steak was one of the best he's had. The place was welcoming and we were well looked after, nothing seemed a problem. When one of the desserts was not available they went out of their way to offer a chocolate "fix" alternative. We will be back.

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Good food, not super flashy but hearty.

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Efficient staff, meals big, filling and tasty

Highly recommend.

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