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Cafe Rock

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22A Esplanade, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 5358
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Tue 08:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 there was just what was on menu. So we had to work around it. I... More 

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Thank ClairePB315
Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 expensive - nearly $5 for a 250ml coke?! Having waited about 50 minutes for our... More 

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Thank Alice1865
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this review

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 things around with brand new staff for both front of house and kitchen, and would... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 2 drinks in 20minutes! Sadly due to this the staff were overworked which affected the... More 

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Thank honeydew1135
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this review

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 again we'll be sure to provide the best experience possible. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 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 down badly. On a Tuesday evening there were only three other diners in addition to... More 

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Thank Seismicscot
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this review

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 (and are still making) vast improvements to food quality and in particular our service standards.... More 

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83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Sue B
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this review

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 More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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, the waiter came to our table with just a ordinary bowl of fries and said... More 

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Thank Shae S
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this review

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 More 

Geraldine, New Zealand
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118 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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1 Thank Hawean
TheRockSumner, General Manager at Cafe Rock, responded to this review

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 More 

Somerset, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 to cut and rubbery an chewy to eat. We persevered for a while but eventually... More 

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Thank Ian T
Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

I was here with my two children over summer. The lady was very nice however I wouldn't go back. It was expensive, overpriced for what it was, the coffee was really bad, food wasn't even nice. Worst of all though was right in the middle of the seating, a group were smoking. Yes we were outside but they were right... More 

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Thank Amy L
Christchurch, New Zealand
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657 reviews
335 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

Lovely spot and nice ice creams but they shouldn't cost more than a gelato in Italy. A really interesting place to people watch on any day of the year.

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Thank David T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Cuisine
Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 17:00
Monday
08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 21:00
Saturday
08:00 - 21:00
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
Description
A beachside cafe with an Italian twist. Serving authentic pizza, peroni and great coffee in an al fresco beachside environment.

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