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: 4pm - 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

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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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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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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we ordered Pasta and that was good and one Roast Chicken dish and had to send that meal back as chicken was still raw

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Garry Thompson

A must to experience. Great food choices and great presentation.
Always enjoy a restaurant with a low alcohol wine available.

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Great food in a cosy setting, friendly and attentive staff, will be back.

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Very tasty meal and the service was great. Spoke to our waiter about both our coffee and meals not being hot and he was most apologetic. If this problem was rectified it would be a 5 stars all the way for my guest and I.

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The food was nice, but lacking in desserts. The waiter was attentive and very good. The decor was tired and needing upgrading.

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Kevin Berry

Our second time there. The mains were very good. Only two of the four listed desserts were available, so we skipped that course.

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Garry Thompson

Our second time at this restaurant. Fabulous experience seeing the memorabilia of the past.
Menu was great, and to our liking was a choice of the low alcohol Sav Blanc.
We had an under 5 with us and they looked after all of us perfectly.
Recommend this venue for any evening meal .

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Emily Brice

The service of the lady was really good! She was friendly and had awesome manners. The food was great and a range of wine choices but they only disappointing thing is that they had sold out of banoffee pie!! :-( but overall it was good.

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We had a most enjoyable meal. I think there is a new chef as menu had changed from the sample on First Table. We enjoyed pork belly with prunes and crumbed cauliflower (didn’t really need the extra steamed vegetables ordered) and pan fried gurnard. All good.

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Excellent

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Garry Thompson

Our second time. Another great place to dine.

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Linda Hay

Food was very good, the only comment would be that it could have been a little hotter. Great service.

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Alethea Chai

Lovely food, service a wee bit slow but accommodating around dietary requirements. Erin Mess meringue dessert lovely. Would recommend this tucked out of the way local gem.

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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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Ysrial Clunies-Ross

The Harvard was easy to find and was able to park directly out front. We arrived early and were greeted and seated and allowed to order early as well. It was a little bit cold when we arrived but it soon warmed up. The atmosphere was pretty quiet with no other diners coming in while we ate but the service was excellent. We opted for the platter for entree which was nothing special though the bread was nice. We ordered the steak and the pork for mains which were both cooked excellently with generous portions. Overall it was a good experience with good food but lacking in the wow factor.

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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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lunch meal quiet location top meal we dine regulary here

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Shirley O’Leary

My friend and I had a delightful lunch yesterday. The service was welcoming and fast, and the food great.
Cheers,
Shirley

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Karen Breen

Good food and service

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Mijin Kim

Had a great time with my friends! Nice food and excellent service!

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Angela Connell

The place was warm and clean. We were the only people there but still we waited about 25 minutes for our entrees. The bread was really dry and the dumplings were quite cold. The mains came out and the mixed grill was luke warm and the sausages barely cooked. Won't be going back again

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A great meal

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Good honest food, value for money. Sirloin cooked beautifully. Friendly staff. Thanks again Harvard Bar & Cafe.

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5 stars as always . Nice service and nice home style food.
Love the outside setting too in the summer.

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Mollie Constable

Was a clean, presentable venue however food was underwhelming at best. Asked for medium rare steak and it was basically still mooing. Other than that the staff were friendly. Probably wouldn’t go back

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Jo Musson

Garlic bread wasn't very warm or nice but the lime chicken,pork belly and burger were delicious.Great value and service.

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Steve Atwood

The atmosphere at the Harvard Bar and Cafe is cosy and pleasant with an historic airforce memorabilia theme which is very retro and Art Deco. The service is excellent and the food is superb. During the summer months you are able to dine outside. I will certainly return.

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Very enjoyable experience , food was excellent and the service was superb, will return soon

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Pamela Scott

Good night live the place

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Scott Mansfield

Great food, the sirloin is always a winner. Staff are excellent and one of the reasons we love coming here, its a shame they are leaving. Its very cool looking around the old barracks and seeing the history of the place, very interesting. Would recommend.

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Joan Boyer

All excellent, superb service, accommodated special requests,, food excellent, even allowed us to have kids dessert when we were too full for menu ones. We’ll be back

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Kate Fraser

Warm and cosy ,meals very enjoyable ,friendly staff enjoyable dining .

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What a wee gem!
Will be back

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Tori Guyton

First table is so cool! Will definitely be doing it again

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Kim Radcliffe-Price

Very good service and great food. We felt well looked after. The food was delicious with perfect poached eggs.

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Enjoyed our experience! The food and service was absolutely fine.. Definitely a laid back low key place to go and great menu for children! Hubby and I would like to go back in Summer time,outdoor area looks great.

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Win McDonald

Fantastic welcome and knowledgeable staff. Relaxed, comfortable dining area, that we could talk in! We shared 2 platters for entree and the variety and quality was excellent! Meals (all day menu) were well presented, good variety and excellent quality, wine and beer prices good, we'll definitely be back soon, thanks for a lovely evening.

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very small size of the restaurant only few tables but, quiet and cozy.
Not all of menu was available but the meal we ordered are awesome.
Staff? service? was awesome!
We all enjoyed.

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Yejin Lee

The pork was overcooked. Could not eat a bite.

Lamb salad was okay..

They did not get our reservation through first table.

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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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