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Cafe Rock

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22A Esplanade, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 5358
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good17%
  • Average26%
  • Poor23%
  • Terrible23%
2 Feb 2017
“A quality dining experience at Cafe Rock”
26 Jan 2017
“Pizza by the beach.”
Closes in 24 min
8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Cafe, New Zealand
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
22A Esplanade, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
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Reviews (17)
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

We booked a table at Cafe Rock during our recent trip to Christchurch NZ. Along with our friends we had a very enjoyable evening with excellent food, efficient and friendly service and stunning views of the beach and ocean. Highly recommended.

Thank HappyHoppys
Reviewed 27 January 2017

We enjoyed the pizza, wedges and cold drinks. Nice spot in the sun in Sumner. Pleasant and friendly staff.

Thank NZfour
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Visiting family from U.K. we called in for lunch and it was an awful experience. Firstly there were no smaller options for children which was very surprising given it is right by a beach. The manager (I am assume he was) just told us abruptly...More

Thank ClairePB315
Reviewed 18 September 2016

My partner and I decided to take a walk into the village for some lunch. It was a lovely day and there were lots of full restaurants so we decided to try this place - mistake. Menu was quite boring and some things were really...More

Thank Alice1865
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Hi There Alice, Thank you for your honest review. Very recently (and I mean very recently) our kitchen and management team has gone through a complete overhaul. I would have to agree that our past standards have not been acceptable. We are hoping to turn...More

Reviewed 17 August 2016

Wow, would've expected this place to be at least good, given its location but due to poor management obviously, this place was not only filthy but there was only one staff member trying to do everything while "the manager" hid behind his coffee machine making...More

Thank honeydew1135
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2016

Hi there Honeydew, I'm sorry you've had such an unpleasant experience at our cafe. I have very recently taken over management and we've had a complete overhaul. I hope you won't disregard us for future visits to the beach, if you do choose to come...More

Reviewed 1 August 2016

As a Sumner resident it pains me to write a bad review of a local restaurant. A re-launch as a pizza restaurant prompted a visit to The Rock. With a wonderful location on The Esplanade this place should be a winner. However execution lets it...More

Thank Seismicscot
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

Hi there Seismicscot, Thank you for your review, I would agree that our previous standards have been absolutely unacceptable. Recently we've had a complete staff turnover, including management in both kitchen and front of house. I would love to see you back, we have made...More

Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful location, but hasn't much else going for it. The only person serving ignored us for quite a while, the beer (their 'own' label) was very average and the whole cafe was quite grubby. I'm sure Sumner has much better on offer.

Thank Sue B
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

Thanks for your review Sue. Recently we have had a total staff and service overhaul. I hope you'll consider coming for a second visit to see all of the recent improvements. :) Cheers, Evelyn

Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Over an hour for just a bowl of wedges. 2 or three people got their food before us ordered after us. Two of the groups got 3 rounds of drinks before the group infront of us got one. Then after an hour and a half,...More

Thank Shae S
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

Hi Shae, Thanks for your review. Recently we've been working to improve our standards all round. With new service and kitchen staff we seem to be on the right track, I hope you'll choose to visit again in the future! Cheers, Evelyn

Reviewed 1 June 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this cafe. I had beautifully cooked bacon and eggs - the bacon was particularly delicious. It's a great location right by the sea.

1  Thank Hawean
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2016

Hi Hawean, Thanks for your review, it's always great to hear about pleasant experiences. We would love to see you here again! Cheers, Evelyn

Reviewed 1 April 2016

Meeting a friend at this cafe we arrived early to have lunch and my daughter and I chose the chicken burger. When it eventually arrived the presentation was nice and came with alll the trimmings but the chicken breast itself while not pink was difficult...More

Thank Ian T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 18
Cafe, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22A Esplanade, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-326 5358
A beachside cafe with an Italian twist. Serving authentic pizza, peroni and great coffee in an al fresco beachside environment.
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