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Saggio di vino

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Carlton Butchery Building | 179 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-379 4006
17:00 - 23:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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155 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We haven't been here for some time and can say that our expectations were for a better experience than we received. The service was poor with at times having to wait 15 minutes to get drinks. The water was slow in being filled up. The meals were very meager and for $37 to $42 for just the main course very... More 

Thank JannienadKev
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic experience, we have eaten here a few times over the past years, this time however was with the new owners, what a great occasion. A total treat for the tastebuds, so good it's actually hard to find the words to describe the evening! So all I can say is, 'a must do dining experience!'

Thank Tim O
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dined here back on the 18th September 2016 for our anniversary dinner. My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed the 5-course experience and it was memorable, hence I decided to write a review... It was a bit awkward when we entered the restaurant as the waiters didn't greet us straight away and water wasn't provided when we sat down at... More 

Thank Sonya H
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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380 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let's start with the positive: our food, ingredients, cooking and presentation, was out of the top drawer. Sadly, what we had hoped to be a wonderful evening out was ruined by atrocious service. We were greeted warmly on arrival, and then left for several minutes, during which time we decided to order Italian aperitifs, a Campari and a glass of... More 

Thank 654GregP654
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited three times in the last month, finding surprises with all three occasions. Staff were very attentive and never intrusive, waiters' wine knowledge were impressive and most wines can purchase by glass and fairly priced too - great place to have wine tastings without traveling across globe really. One time I only had wines and cheeseboard and boy those cheese... More 

1 Thank RichardEvan
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an expensive restaurant and I am reviewing it against that standard. All in all I was quite disappointed and think it has slipped back under the new ownership. The drinks service was sloppy and slow and the range of beer was extremely poor, we were not offered water, drinks were not kept topped up, when drinks ran out... More 

Thank NeilChallenger
Saggiodivino, Owner at Saggio di vino, responded to this review

Hi Neil Challenger Thanks for your feedback I'm the chef you met with at the end of your meal, and discussed your feedback with you while you were at the bar. 1) Saggio Di Vino is a wine focused restaurant and always has been for 25 years. I have 11 beers on the menu. 6 more beers than the previous... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

We dined at Saggio's on 27.12.16, it was our 25th Wedding Anniversary. The service was appalling. The waiter tried to rip us off with a $190 bottle of wine we didn't order and then proceeded to try and charge us for it!! The waitress stood behind the bar most of the night drinking from a water bottle. They were not... More 

Thank Loisanne63
Victoria, Australia
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261 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

What a good restaurant. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar where we chatted with David, the owner. Excellent cooking, plus professional and friendly service in a spacious modern setting. David also recommended a couple of really excellent wines, so do take his advice. If you are visiting Christchurch don't miss this great restaurant.

Thank Darlene3501
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Realy disappointed with the service and it spoilt the experience. Waiter very abrupt and not at all happy we ordered wine by the glass. Things did improve the busier it got as he moved to another table but certainly not a welcoming feeling. Not sure we will go back although the food was outstanding.

Thank Angiewilliams2001
Isle of Man
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

A short menu but quality ingredients and cooking. Lamb fillet was well presented and cooked as was the fish of the day. Long list of good wines by the glass.

Thank Simon & Carolin... J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 24 - US$ 56
European, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carlton Butchery Building | 179 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-379 4006
For more than two decades, the charming neighbourhood restaurant and bar welcomes devoted locals and international travellers and holds up its status as the quintessential dining destination with foodies, wine enthusiasts and reviewers alike.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?