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

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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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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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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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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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