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
Tue - Thu: 12pm - 7pm
Wed: 12pm - 8pm
Thur: 12pm - 8pm
Fri: 12pm - 9pm
Sat: 11.30am - 9pm
Sun: 11.30am - 8pm

Phone: 03 341 5910
Website: www.wigrambase.co.nz

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

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Food was top notch and staff provided brilliant service.

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Great dining experience. Happy with all our food and service from the waitress.

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Anna Burrowes

It was our first time dining at the Harvard Bar and Cafe and it did not disappoint us. We were a party of four and we all enjoyed our choice of meals. As I am a Coeliac the waitress made sure that all my meal choices were Gluten free . A very quiet and pleasant place to catch up with friends. Highly Recommend.

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Louise Barnett

Nice place for an easy lunch. great choice on the menu

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Valmai Smith

A lovely cafe in gorgeous setting, meal was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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Melanie Vincent

Excellent service in a quiet and cosy atmosphere. The food was great and portion size was just spot on. We have dined her a few times before and will be back in the future!

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Lovely experience

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Karen Breen

Great food, considering they hosted two weddings at the time, the service remained top notch. We will be back and recommend to others.

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Mel Webley

Very nice food and service.

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Sheree Foster

Amazing meal, great atmosphere and fantastic service! Would not hesitate in going for another meal at The Harvard Bar

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Denise Girdler

Friendly place! The service is unpretentious and makes you feel at home. Great air conditioning on a balmy night!
We both enjoyed the food and portions were good. I had grilled fish and my husband had the pork loin. We were both happy!
The Sticky Date pudding, which we shared, was scrumptious!
Well done you guys

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Cherie Roper

We really enjoyed our dining experience the food was delicious and served promptly. . We had to leave unexpectedly before we had finished but the staff were so fantastic and understanding.

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Good food and great service. Lots of options on the menu

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Awesome staff serving amazing food. A really friendly relaxing place to dine, the meal size was perfect and the presentation was great. Four very happy diners, highly recommend trying it out.

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Excellent

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Jeannie Pierson

Fab, fantastic. Literally the best steak I have had in a long time.

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Tejas Sreedhar

Good food and service!

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Great friendly cafe - nice atmosphere to catch up with friends

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Alesha Kenny

Food and service amazing. Great outdoor seating to enjoy the sun. Will be back. Thanks

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Jo Musson

The food was lovely and the service very friendly and attentive.Intersting building art deco in style and a historical spot

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very good meal and service
limited choice but would def return

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Gary and Kate

Good and a pleasant restaurant. Has limitations on hours during the week but a nice place to go. Would go again.

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Very enjoyable evening,Food well presented and staff very friendly and helpful.
We would definately visit again

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Dined here Sat 5th Jan, Friendly fast service.
Large entree, Lovely Loin of pork, & tasty lamb shank, all dishes well presented.
Would recommend

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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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Bronwyn Houghton

Lovely, fast service and staff were very pleasant

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Booked our meal at short notice so just went by the reviews already posted. Most pleasant meal and staff and we would return. The reviews were very accurate.

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Cherie Baddeley

Great local. Friendly staff. Lovely food.

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We arrived and were seated straight away. Service was good and attentive throughout the evening. We got the eye fillet steak, lamb shank and risotto. The meals were delicious and the menu was quite wide which was excellent. The menu exceeded what I expected from the bar/booth feel the place has. I would go back.

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Linda Ellwood

Great to see the place so busy. Do hope more locals use this great facility. Friendly staff and comfy seating. Keep it up Harvard! It was great to be able to hear ourselves, not like a lot of the new venues opening these days.

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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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Wonderful meal and service

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Kevin Crook

Had a very nice meal in nice surroundings .

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Jayden Pattison

Amazing!!!! Food was so good, the portions were very generous. We had the chicken wings and ploughmens platter for entrees. Chicken Caesar salad steak
And chilli prawn

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Julie Gibson

Food was pleasant enough bar food. Took a wee while as it got quite busy unexpectedly but staff did apologise for this.

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Veronica Payne

Good food and great service. Good size portions. Will be back.

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nice atmosphere, friendly staff, a great place for a good meal and quiet drink.

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

Great place, very clean, lovely food, great staff which gave great service. Definitely will go again

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Soraya King

First time here though we live quite close but didn’t really realize just what was on offer. Partner is a wwII airplane buff and loved looking at all the history on the walls. It was a nice and quiet when we went which is always good as he’s quite deaf and struggles to hear in a busy setting so was quite perfect for us. The steak was the best steak I’ve had in quite a few years, delish.

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mike connolly

Great place to dine. Meals and service were fantastic.

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Georgia Church

Awesome food and great service!!
We will be back again

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Scott Mansfield

Food was amazing, my partner had the 200g Eye Filet and said it was the best rare steak she has ever had. I had the Plum & Rosemary Lamb Shank and the meat just fell off the bone. Both were accompanied with potato, vegetables and sauce making for a lovely meal. Dessert was equally as good, we shared the Eton Mess and Sticky Date Pudding. For drinks I had a BR craft beer and my partner red wine. Service was great, very attentive to our needs and very friendly.

The building itself has a lot of history and it worth having a read and look at the photos and a quick wonder around. It was easy to find and get parked.

I only have two suggestions but neither would impact my score. 1. is that as it is also a bar it can get loud at times and difficult to hear. 2. Would be to have more craft beers, perhaps some from the Wigram brewery, which would fit the airbase theme perfectly.

Overall, Excellent.

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Nice & relaxed atmosphere. The waitress was just simply outstanding in her service. I would recommend this restaurant with out hesitation

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Trevor Mollard

An excellent bar meal with an ex RNZAF feel to it.

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Carol Mcmillan

Harvard service was attentive without being intrusive - my lamb shanks were to die for - great selection of vegetables, cooked to perfection, partners steak a tad overdone for medium rare but good. Tucked away in a quiet street - well worth finding!

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My favourite local restaurant! Always great service and delicious food. YUM! Will be back sometime soon.

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Joan Boyer

Great value, food was excellent and service friendly. Definitely recommend

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mike connolly

We had a good time at the Harvard. Meals were a good size the quality was good and it was very prompt.

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Alain Chan

A quiet place for a nice lunch.

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A good place for conversation with friends. Reasonable Food and service.

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