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.

Situated in what was once the No1 Officers' Mess, The Harvard Bar and Café has been renovated and restored with the addition of a covered courtyard.

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: 12pm - 4pm
Tue - Thu: 12pm - 7pm
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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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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Tonia van der Splinter

Was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at this quieter suburban cafe. The fillet steak was one of the best we have had and the desserts were exquisitely presented and delicious. Would recommend!

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Diane Lattimore

Last lunch of 2016 and it was great. Terakihi was beautifully cooked and the smoked fish pie was absolutely delicious. Well worth a visit.

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Sandy Cheung

It was our first time here and we were pleasantly surprised. Portion sizes were very decent, food was good and service was friendly despite our 1 year old having major meltdowns... we will definitely be back, desserts sounded great but we were way too full to eat any! :)

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Malcolm Engler

First time visiting, great food and a good size portion, service was good and good value for money.
Will be back!

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Emma Smith

We had a lovely meal here Christmas Eve, we ordered Gnocchi, Chicken Supreme & a chicken Caesar burger. Our sides of hand cut chips, roasted pearl onions & Kumara. All were delicious & beautifully plated. For desserts we had a cheesecake, crepes & a delicious strawberry treat. Highly recommend dining here. Service from Jacob was excellent.

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I really enjoyed the food, service was a bit slow. Nice atmosphere.

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Debbie Hurst

The staff were fantastic ..knowledgeable on the menu and very helpful.We chose a platter to share and chips ...of course .The lemon hummus was fantastic. On the down side the chips were not as hot as we had hoped for and they had run out of house made ice-cream ...guess we will have to go back! This is the first time I have booked a first table ..fantastic!

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Diane Hickey

Had a nice meal, staff were very attentive and nice relaxed atmosphere. Would definitley eat here again. Thanks to the lovely staff.

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Kate Fraser

Very good experience. Lovely meal really enjoy the Butterfish. Cosy,very helpful staff, bonus live music on Sunday .

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The menu was quite limited. I chose the fish and chips. Fish was good but homemade chips would have made it great!

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Abby Eade

Was very quiet as we were the only diners, but the guy who served us was great and the food was yummy

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Phil Johnston

Had a lunch date with my Mum for her birthday. The food was amazing! The salted Carmel and ginger cheesecake was definitely my favourite! The atmosphere was almost too quiet but clean and comfortable. Would definitely go back.

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Chelsea Bryre

Great service, relaxed environment, food could have been a bit better

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We had the pie and the fish of the day with a side of hand cut fries. Our mains we both delicious! We both don't normally eat desserts, but we indulged in the cheese cake and the strawberry dessert - which were the perfect size to finish our meal. We will be back to try their new brunch menu!!!

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Nadene Winchester

Great food and service provided!

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Roshaan Bentley

Lovely birthday dinner, very quiet spot

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Colleen Pasfield

Excellent food was delicious will go back again.

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Graeme Rowland

Could not fault food or service.

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Lovely meal beautifully presented. Especially loved the pork belly entree and lamb rack main. Well priced and the service was great. Really nice to be able to chat with the Chef too. Could become our "local"

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GlennandJacqui France

This is first time we have ever eaten at this restaurant, in fact we had no idea where it even was as haven't ever seen it.
The food was very nice.

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Gail Watson

The smoky tomato soup with 2 chunky pieces of brown toast which we had as starters was thick and delicious, almost a meal on it's own. The scallops were served with just the right amount of micro greens. The Ploughmans platter was quite large( enough for two I thought) but he managed to consume it all!! A delightfully quiet place to have our lunch with quiet but attentive service. Thank you for the experience.

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Bec Smith

Lovely light lunch- I enjoyed the ploughmans platter and my partner loved the fish and chips. Attentive service. Would go back

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Outstanding venue and superb dining experience. We had perfectly cooked steak and a pasta dish full of flavour. Loved it and will definitely return. Thank you.

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Good night. The chicken meal was a little small but the steak and the pasta were great.

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Kay Smythe

We had a very relaxed time in a lovely atmosphere. Staff heard that it was my daughters birthday and added a candle to her dessert without being asked, which was very much appreciated.

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Karen Haines

We read the reviews on First Table before we made our booking and went prepared for a dining experience that could go either way. We needn't have worried, we had an excellent meal that was well presented and would have been excellent value at full price. We chose to have an entree and main, no chance of fitting a dessert in! Service was excellent without being annoying. Will definitely put the Harvard Bar and Cafe on our must return list.

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Phil Davies

Great food and good service

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