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The Option Bistro and Wines

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158 Hussey Road | Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand (Formerly Jagz of Styx Mill)
+64 3-323 5455
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon 08:00 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 08:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely meal with faultless friendly service. Recommended a great new beer which we will drink again. We had chicken liver pate for entree and they provided more crackers so none was wasted, followed by fish and steak, all beautifully cooked and presented. We were too full for dessert but will be back.

Thank Kiwi_SW
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great friendly service and our lunch was awesome. We were treated very well and we will definitely be back.

Thank Paul G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

following as advertorial to try free tapas with wine purchases we booked a table for 5 and headed to see the changes from a previous haunt. Not disappointed with the new purple décor and friendly greeting from Sabine the owner. White tablecloths ( I do like) we studied the wine list & arrived @ 4 different wines + beer. the... More 

Thank jaymaybee
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Thank you for coming at our European platters night and for your nice words! We look forward to having you back! Kind regards, Sabina Toader More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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194 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been here many times under the old branding but the refresh has worked really well. The food was Devine. We started with the liver pate which was simply Devine. We shared with my wife having gluten-free bread and myself regular bread. The mains were also great. Rib eye and pork belly.

Thank Graeme M
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Hi Graeme M, thank you for your nice words! Looking forward to having you back! Kind regards Sabina Antoniu, The Option Bistro & Wines Owner More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Once again a pleasure to dine here. Whether it's a drink in the sun or a meal out, you could not wish for better service, such an incredible selection of wines and delicious food. Today fresh oysters and a glass of Prosseco.. yum!! The pork belly salad is also simply amazing. We will be back!

Thank michelle-i-t-sharp
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Rebranded and redecorated, The Option is the new face of the restaurant previously called Jagz. I maintain all my positive comments from the review I wrote on my first visit here. And I maintain my initial top rating. This is simply the best place to have a nice meal around, you'd have to drive for miles, into Christchurch City, to... More 

Thank aplescan
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

As we walked inside to escape the rain, we were greeted with a welcoming "hi" and told to just gab a seat anywhere we wanted. We opted to sit in the annex/verandah, which is opened up on milder days but which was closed down today, affording shelter from a rain-laden wind. Almost immediately we were offered menus and asked if... More 

Thank realnamenotused
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time in writing this review! We are glad you enjoy your time with us and hope you will be back. Kind regards, Sabina More 

Bucharest, Romania
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I still dream at the liver pate! :P...the salads and the fish, yummy! I had a local fish I don't remember the name, which was really good! The service was also very good and I appreciated their care for helping us with our daughter special meal request. The atmosphere is bright and colorful, perfect for drinking a good wine.. and... More 

Thank DeeaToma
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped off here for a wine today, service was perfect and the choice of wines impressed me. We will defiantly be telling our friends. Plan to go back soon for a spot of dinner :)

Thank Gemma K
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice words, Gemma! Looking forward to having you back! Sabina More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Jagz has been a favourite of ours for years. We recently tried The Option. The decor is completely at odds with the colour schemes of Northwood. The bright colours do not encourage relaxation and I seriously thought of donning sunglasses inside. We had a very poor coffee and decided against staying any longer for food. Previously.we.had a breakfast there and... More 

1 Thank ChildersS
Sabina A, Owner at The Option Bistro and Wines, responded to this review

Dear ChildersS, We owe you not only our thanks for your time and energy in writing your comment, but our gratitude for being such a predictable customer. Before started the renovation project, we discussed with one of our professional designers about extreme reactions and we totally anticipated your kind of comment. We knew that our work won't let anyone without... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$24
International, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Hussey Road | Northwood, Christchurch 8051, New Zealand (Formerly Jagz of Styx Mill)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-323 5455
The Option Bistro & Wines (formerly Jagz of Styx Mill) is an upmarket Bistro / Restaurant located in a great spot in Styx Mill area, Christchurch. They offer a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a whole range of cabinet food throughout the day. The Options' European owners have added some international tasting platters with famous European fare like snails, tzatziki, fish roe and anchovy tarts. The Option Bistro & Wines food is complemented by one of the best international wine lists in town with whites and reds from famous wineries in New Zealand, Italy, France, Lebanon, South Africa and Chile just to name a few.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?