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4 star rating
15 reviews

Cuisine: Italian

174 St Asaph Street
Christchurch Central
Christchurch City
03 260 2600


  • Mon – Sun 11:30am – late
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Live Music
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
  • Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Pay & Display
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: No
  • Takeaways: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

With a nod to our past, that being Cartel, and inspired by our love of 1930′s Italian Bars, we are excited to bring you our next project, Baretta.

Its the sophisticated balance of influences that defines Baretta and sets it apart as a truly unique bar and restaurant. Stop by for a couple of relaxed drinks or settle in for the perfect culinary experience.

Baretta Bar & Restaurant offer a truly exquisite bar and restaurant, with cool music, great sharing plates and platters, Peroni on tap, delectable cocktails, Moet and good times…. A long time coming!

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15 Reviews for Baretta

Lee L.


15th May 2014
5 star rating
What a lovely evening at Baretta! Our waiter James was friendly, helpful and took great care of us. The food was divine, the atmosphere buzzy but relaxed and of course the decor very cool!
The deal voucher we bought excellent value and gave us the excuse to eat and drink twice as much as we would have! We could not fault any aspect of the food or service, how often does that happen!
Earlier in the week we had a completely different experience at a similarly priced and cold, noisy restaurant with staff who didn’t seem to care and excessively large meals with far too much, far too sweet sauces.
Thanks Baretta, we’ll be back!
Ps and the toilets smell good!!!!

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Rich T.


29th April 2014
3 star rating
I’m upgrading Baretta to “average” because I DO like the d├ęcor. I like the vibe on several of the times I’ve been there, I just dislike the staff.

It’s hard not to feel that there’s a “we’re too cool for school” attitude from certain of the people serving, despite a lack of attention to order of serving and poor expression of courtesy or politeness.

The music is great, the food passable and the alcohol fitting in nicely with what is a beautiful fit-out.

Pity the only time I’ve been treated like a valued customer was when I wore a tux to a ball and popped in looking more affluent than the norm.

Visited January 2014

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7th April 2014
3 star rating
Great wine list but staff were very rude, before we even sat down they demanded a credit card off us, when asked why the excuse was basically they couldn’t trust that we wouldn’t do a dine N dash… Very very rude, then when we went to pay they couldn’t find my card that I handed over and had to flip through the book 3 or 4 times to find it.. Further to that just about every time I had a sip of water a waitress would come and refill it, really felt like she was just bored. If the glass was empty a refill would be great but she was just excessive. – Would only go back because they have my favourite wine that I cannot find anywhere else.

Visited February 2014

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18th March 2014
5 star rating
Went to Baretta for dinner on the 18th March and it was exceptional. This is my third time to Baretta and it has been outstanding every time.

Our waiter was excellent, very friendly and efficient.

The food was amazing! I had the Beef and it was perfectly cooked. I also loved the pea and panchetta side, absolutely delicious.

The only con was that there was no Baked Alaska on the menu anymore and it was delicious, however, I had the coconut chocolate pudding and it was equally delicious.

I will be recommending Baretta to all my friends and family and will definitely be back.

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6th February 2014
5 star rating
We had a beautiful evening at Baretta on the 6th Feb. The food was outstanding and the service was absolutely amazing. It is a credit to the owners. Well done and it is lovely to see a restaurant of this quality coming back to the city. I highly recommend a visit if you enjoy good food and great service set in lovely surroundings.

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14th January 2014
5 star rating
Baretta Bar & Restaurant exceeded expectations. Our group of 9 went to celebrate my birthday. There have been some negative reviews but I can honestly say that the service and the food was exceptional on this occasion. We all enjoyed ourselves and the meals were great. A credit to the staff who were very pleasant and welcoming. Nothing was a bother and congratulations also to the chef who did an amazing job with the meals. Well done guys and a great time was had by all. We look forward to coming back in the future.

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1st December 2013
3 star rating
We arrived to an almost empty restaurant and were told there were no sit down tables available. So we went to leave and after much confusion and awkwardness we were
given a table. The waiter was kindly and tried hard but interrupted and adjusted napkins, water etc about 25 times in 45 minutes. The waitress made us feel like an inconvenience. The food was rather bland. When we left almost all the tables were still vacant. Struggle to return.

Visited November 2013

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9th November 2013
4 star rating
Went for a quick lunch, and started with an excellent cappuccino. The two linguines were well presented, with good flavour. I might just suggest that fresh peas would be greatly preferable to frozen peas with the beef/lamb linguine, and the addition of some fresh mint on top would be nice. It would also be nice to have 1 or 2 more pasta options, such as puttanesca, and a slow-cooked bolognese/ragu.
There was an unusual dish on the specials menu featuring both salmon and gurnard. Not sure how well those 2 fish would work together.
This is a great addition to the dining scene in Christchurch.

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22nd September 2013
3 star rating
I had lunch here on Sunday and the service was terrible. we had been there for 1/2 before we got water and a drinks order taken and after one hour we had still not received any food. the food was OK not fantastic.
they need to improve the service as there were 9 of us and we had entrees we shared and a main, with wine, and it was well over two hours. the restaurant was not that busy and there seemed to be a lot of staff on.

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21st September 2013
5 star rating
Outstanding service and food, by far the nicest restaurant we’ve been to in Christchurch for a long time.

The food was delicious, cooked perfectly and for a very well-presented restaurant, priced very reasonably. Our waiter was attentive, polite and prompt despite clearly being busy with other tables.

Would recommend going earlier in the night as it got louder due to the bar filling up (Saturday evening, you’ll get that!), but not uncomfortably so.

Absolutely recommended, we’ll definitely be going back.

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10th September 2013
4 star rating
We (my partner, our 6month old bub and myself) went to Baretta for dinner on fathers day. We had a great young guy as our waiter he was very prompt, we ordered the fillet and chicken and they were GREAT! We were regularly checked on and well looked after. Then at the end our bill was less than $100! I was very happy and will be going back for sure!

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7th August 2013
2 star rating
I went to Baretta bar with some mates on a Thursday night for drinks and we thought it was really cool so went back for dinner on Saturday. However we got there and had to wait for about 5 minutes for someone to talk to us, they told us to take a seat in the restaurant and someone would be over. We sat there for 20 minutes and got no acknowledgement despite having 2 wait staff just cleaning/resetting tables and talking. Was very excited to try the food but left instead and went elsewhere.

Visited July 2013

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22nd July 2013
4 star rating
Have been to Baretta several times, but had dinner there last Sat night and the new menu was great – the steak was perfectly cooked and that is coming from a fussy diner.

Particularly love relaxing at Baretta on a Sunday afternoon with friends as they offer a great selection of wine, live music and food to share (try the cheeseboard). The staff that hv served us have all been fantastic – love the place!!!

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20th July 2013
2 star rating
Very disappointing. The decor is beautiful, the toilets spotless, but oh dear, that was about all the good points we found when we dined there for lunch today. Our Waitress was probably the most unhelpful we have encountered. We inquired as to whether or not it was her first day there and we’re told she doesn’t usually waitress, just does “odd jobs” there. We would suggest they put her back in the odd jobs cos a waitress she aint! People skills are very important in the hospitality industry, and a smile goes a long way, a grunt does not! We ordered an entree to share, and a light meal each to follow…… all arrived together, and we found it all rather bland and tasteless. We were the only customers there and can fully understand why. We will not be returning.

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Lee C.


3rd July 2013
3 star rating
Pros; Good Food, and cool inside

Cons: Service was very lame,. We went for dinner at 7pm and the music was far too loud for diners. We found that the maitre d’ wasn’t exactly friendly, and made a fuss when we arrived about our booking. Never got to the bottom of that one.

I wouldn’t go back for Dinner, as there are far better places out there for quality dining, but would go back for some beers with mates.

Visited June 2013

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