Christchurch City 03 348 1436
- Mon – Fri 7:00am – 10pm
- Sat – Sun 9am – 10pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 98 inside and 100 outside
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Proud to be awarded Restaurant of the Year, New or Returning Establishment of the Year, and People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Christchurch Hospitality Awards.
Dux Dine is a reflection of the past but a move into the future. A contemporary feeling, with fresh local seafood and vegetarian delights, Dux Dine has plenty to offer. Our delicious New Zealand wines and Dux craft beers are certainly a crowd pleaser.
Dux Dine is situated in a historic turn-of-the-century Villa that was originally the Station Masters House for the Riccarton Railway.
The villa has been extensively but sympathetically reworked to provide a variety of spaces to be enjoyed whether it be dinner for two to 14, a large group celebration at one of the huge Kauri tables, grabbing a morning coffee at the breakfast bar, enjoying
Dux Dine has many reminiscences of the iconic Dux de Lux yet new and fresh while remaining comfortably familiar. Many of the old favourites can be seen on the menu as well as exciting fresh new foods and ideas.
Dux Dine offers many setting options, from relaxing in a lounge, formal table setting to sitting in our sun drenched court yard. Whether it be a small group, business breakfast, special lunch or dinner, corporate event, product launch or company celebration we can cater for your needs.
As a company we are passionate about supporting the local businesses around us. The seafood served in the restaurant is frequently sourced from Akaroa, Stuart Island and the West and East Coast.
With the ever changing environment, Dux Dine is pleased to say that we are environmentally friendly. Coffee cups, take away containers, and menus are all recyclable/compostable.
27 Reviews for Dux Dine
Fish is uniformly excellent. Not the cheapest, but fish is fresh. Good option of ordering 250ml wine when your table can’t decide on a bottle to share. Better value than 150ml wine.
Recommend what we had. We had the fried squid to start and seafood pasta main. Cost for two with wine was $100. ($71 food and $29 for 2 x 250ml wine). Filling, fresh and tasty.
Service on arrival was friendly and polite. However all soups chosen as entrees arrived in cold plates and were tasty but only lukewarm. Drinks orders were fine. Major problem occurred with main course; one person ordered halloumi fritters and two of us ordered the fish special. Only one fish arrived. After a few minutes we queried this and were told the meal was definitely on its way. Then two minutes later we were told there had been a mistake; only one fish special had actually been placed and the missing meal would be delivered as soon as possible. At this point a second drinks order was requested. In the meantime the food (on cold plates) was getting even colder so two of us dined while the Birthday Person watched us eat. His meal was delivered fifteen minutes later, (again on a cold plate) by a different waitperson, after we had finished eating. The second drinks order never turned up at all. When it was time to pay, the cashier initially wanted to charge for the drink that was not provided. She had been informed of the problem with the main courses, and a casual apology was offered, but the impression left was one of indifference. While the meals were enjoyable, the service we experienced appeared disjointed and not customer-focused. Overall, a disappointing evening’s dining.
The only down size was the food envy that we had….. the salmon, pea fritters and filo parcels were all beautiful….. we will have to head back again!
Service started off really good. Drinks and meals ordered and delivered quickly. Checked on to make sure food was good.
We finished our meals and waited as we wanted dessert. Howerver the plates were not cleared and dessert menu or further drinks not offered. Tried to get our waitresses attention but without success so we left.
The Dux I remember had a stong Vegetarian theme with some Seafood, but can now see the definite seafood theme.
It was good, and I wouldn’t say no to going back, however it wouldn’t be my first choice of places to go.
Visited December 2013
Prepared with order and wine….. No one came… We went….. An interesting 30/40 minute experience. …
Things that wern’t so good….. Floury tasting coating on calamari, general lack of seasoning in just about everything, grotty truck stop salt and pepper shakers, dirty beer glasses, staff in dirty shirts and aprons and iodised salt instead of some nice flaked sea salt.
In summary the experience was disappointing and could have been a lot better with a little attention to detail. The new Dux Dine has the potential to be a great dining location and as we get more choices in Christchurch places that don’t hit the mark won’t survive. I hope that with the history that Dux has it doesn’t become one of those places that we used to go to.
While the waiters took a while to take our orders after handing over the menu, the entree was worth the wait. Recommend the flat breads and spreads – soooo good! Loved the option of a small or large glass of wine.
We both ordered fish dishes as mains and the were FANTASTIC!!
No complaints about the meals, but they did takes ages to come out …1.5hrs after we sat down. Bit annoying, but the meals were so good we forgot about the wait straight away. Meals looked small, but were deceiving! We shared one dessert – the chocolate mousse cake was fab, and the raspberry sorbet great!! Yum.
Very clean premises. I watched the waiter clean a table while I sat there and he did a brilliant job – sounds stupid but so many times I see a half arsed attempt, and it’s no wonder everything ends up grubby. Kitchen very clean too.
Very good service. Nice young bloke was very good. Nice to be served correctly, and new napkins after each course. Very good.
Lovely atmosphere. Lovely meal. Thoroughly recommend. (And I usually complain about everything!!)
Lovely coffee and lovely beer, but overpriced and underwhelming meals. Lovely atmosphere
My wife phoned to discuss the next day and politely pointed out the shortcomings. We were urged to visit again and they would send a voucher we are still waiting…………..
Visited January 2013
Hostess and staff friendly and helpful.
On the down side, I felt that their policy on having to get your own water and take your orders up -if dinning outside, was odd. Half of the veranda area was included in the dine in area and 1/2 the outside! We felt that the outside area was close enough to be serviced. It makes no difference to the number of patrons for staff to take orders from outside. as guests will leave an empty table in side. Maybe they need to increase staff levels? However there appeared to be plenty. (I have worked in this industry for many years on the floor & management)
My seafood chowder was nice but had been sitting prior to being brought out to the table. The soup had a skin on and was just hot! Yes I could have sent it back and next time I will.
These are just little things that can be easily fixed and hope you think about our comments, with a positive approach. I would give the Dux Dine another go – if joining others but won’t rush on my own accord.
The wait staff were very polite and attentive, mains took about 25 minutes to arrive despite a large party already being there before we arrived.
I had the massaman curry. I’m not a huge fan of tofu but it was cooked nice and crispy, the rest of the dish was quite flavoursome and perfectly seasoned. Quite a large meal as well, we all left feeling well satisfied.
Overall, we were very impressed. The food is delicious, the staff above average and all at a reasonable price as well.
Will definitely be returning.
Will not be returning in a hurry.
Paid too much for food which was bland and disappointing. Eg, Flat bread was 18 dollars, for that price you would expect more than what was presented as a pizza base with some butter, garlic and a few dips in ramekins.
Table service non-existent, except if you are sitting at the staff table. Who were enjoying fantastic service while the rest of us went to the bar to order.
We won’t be going back, and recommend staying away until they get some good management.
Was really looking forward to my dining experience at the ‘new’ Dux Dine – it did not disappoint!
From the fabulous decor which I can only describe as a breath of fresh air, to the amazing food.
First time I have ever eaten mushrooms in a croquet form and really enjoyed it. The fish dish was wonderful and enjoyed by at least 6 in our party of 12.
Once a local of Christchurch and now living in Auckland I would say that the Dux Dine would certainly give a lot of Auckland restaurants a run for their money.
Keep up the good work guys – I will be back with friends
This beautiful old house now holds one of Christchurch’s iconic restaurants, every room is beautifully decorated and the garden would make many a gardener envious.
The group I was with ordered Oysters, bread and dips, polenta chips and a range of salads and everything was washed down with the Dux beers and everything was amazing!
The Dux now do table service and the menus have beautiful old Christchurch on them, many a tourist will be slipping it into there bags to take home I think.
Well done team Dux you must be very proud .
Visited November 2012
Whilst waiting for the rest of our party to arrive, we were not offered a seat or drinks for a good 35 minutes.
When we were finally seated, they missed taking a drinks order.
Not only did we have to ask 3 different people for our water, they got “confused” about whether the shoestring fries one of us ordered was a main or an entrée.
The customer service was generally appalling with the exception of 1 male waiter.
The food was quite bland.
We will not be back, we will not recommend to anyone and one of our party’s work function booking in a few weeks will now be cancelled.