Open from 7am Monday to Friday and from 9am on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays
Proud to be awarded Restaurant of the Year, New or Returning Establishment of the Year, and The Press - People's Choice Award at the Christchurch Hospitality Awards 2014.
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 an intimate candlelit dinner for two, a large group celebration at one of the huge Kauri tables, grabbing a morning coffee to go or at the breakfast bar. 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, 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 recycled or recyclable.
It was a baking hot lunchtime and we were hungry and thirsty. After popping in the front door we waited for someone to notice us. After several minutes we were greeted and given menus and pointed to the outdoors to find a table. There is a huge outdoor area with lots of covered tables, but it was busy so we ended up sitting in the sun. Water was delivered and we checked the menus. After about 15 minutes we moved to a recently vacated table in the shade, migrating their dirty plates to our sunny table and settling in to their vacant shady spot. And then we waited, and waited. Waitresses were going to and fro, delivering water and food and menus, and having been seated for almost half an hour we finally got our order taken by grabbing a passing waitress. Phew.
I ordered the beetroot pizza, which came with huge and tasty chunks of beetroot on it. I would only suggest that the chunks be made slightly smaller in future, otherwise it was a tasty, and different pizza. My companion had the calamari and a side of fries. Side? It was huge, enough to feed an army!
We finished our food and I noticed that the table we had moved the previous occupants dishes to was still stacked with those same dishes. In fact, during our lunch I saw about 4 tables leave and none were cleaned before we finished our food.
When our food had arrived we also ordered another drink, which was delivered, but wasn't the drink we ordered. Too hot to care we drank it anyway. Close but no banana.
We paid and left with the sun still burning down, and the inside and outside still packed with patrons. A popular place, but service needs serious some attention.
I dined here just recently with others. This is the second time I’ve dined at Dux Dine, however last time was an evening meal and this time it was for lunch.
Parking can be an issue, they do have a car park however its normally full. But they do offer off-street parking and a lot of restaurants don’t, so I shouldn’t complain.
It was pleasant weather and we were able to sit outside at a table with large umbrellas. The shade was good for awhile however we must’ve looked rather silly as we kept moving out away from the table because underneath it was quite cold, it would’ve been quite good if we could’ve closed the umbrella or something.
I was the only one at the table not drinking wine and felt a bit forgotten drinks-wise. I waited for quite some time after ordering my second drink and was finally told the waitress had forgotten about my order. It was a large celebration and I was over-indulging but after my third glass of Jack Daniels I was advised that they had run out (but then they did find enough for one more glass). This close to Christmas I thought they would’ve been better stocked. The wine drinkers were fine because they could pour their own drinks as several bottles of wine were at the table, however there was always quite a wait to get the attention of wait staff to order a drink for myself and then for it to arrive.
Food was excellent; I had the pumpkin arancini balls for entree, spanakopita for main and lemon tart for dessert. The wait staff were very accommodating to my request of slight changes to the main and dessert. Everyone else at the table was also very pleased with their meals.
All and all not a bad experience. The staff are friendly and polite, the outdoor area was a lovely place to sit (excluding the issue with the umbrellas). The gardens are well kept and all areas appeared to be clean and tidy.