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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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The food was excellent. They had a quite extensive list of local wines. They had even some cocktails although the restaurant, as the name indicates, has reputation for good wines. I had fish (my favorite food) and my husband had duck (his favorite food).

Thank nelylee
Auckland, New Zealand
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115 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

Everything here was OK, there was nothing that jumped out at me and made me say "hell I'll be back again". It anything I thought meh, I probably won't rush back. Having made a booking a week or so in advance we were placed at a table right beside the door, so that every time someone came or went we... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

We dined here on 18/11/16, a Friday nite, with 2 overseas guests and two couples. This is not the first time at this restaurant but the first since the ownership has changed and it is a very nice place for a treat. The food was very very good, great flavor and presentation. However, there were two things that took the... More 

Thank mckiwi2016
Saggiodivino, Owner at Saggio di vino, responded to this review

Hi mckiwi2016 Thanks for the review! Your feedback is much appreciated. I Will pass your comments about service on to my staff. Agree the coffee should be served after the desserts but this is entirely up to you guys! But nobody wants cold coffee right?! We do hope we can make it up to you next time! Regards, David Napier... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We came for dinner at 8 pm, 4 or 5 couples. Some didn't have starters, only the mains. The mains came at 10:15 pm. It explains it all - our annoyance, disappointment, etc. The service is too slow for such a high price of meals and drinks. Vines are too dear. Mine smallest portion of usually cheap Riesling was $18.... More 

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

Hi Anchousik I appreciate you taking the time to write a review! Thanks for describing your table to me ,now I can put together an appropriate response. Judging by my records, I'm aware your group of 12 walked in without making a booking on a busy Saturday night, We of course did our best to accommodate you but I must... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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62 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Felt like Italian food so went to this restaurant which was the first one I saw driving from the hotel. It has got a nice setting but much more expensive than I thought. The menu is not rich and definitely not up to Italian standard. At the end we ordered a beef fillet as it is the same price as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Food is good... in fact much better than what you expect when you're choosing which dish to order, particularly as we initially struggled to choose a dish for our main. There are only 2 things that could be better: 1. I had a glass of champagne for my aperitif. It's not good value for money. I don't like places that... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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124 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Saggio has the reputation of being one of the best restaurants in Christchurch. There was 11 of us dining. It took over 2 hours to bring out the mains. The food was impeccable. The waiting time not so... was disappointed with service. And would probably not come again in a hurry.

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

Hi Gem B Thank you for taking the time to write a ** review Half of your table ordered our 5 course wine matched menu meaning the rest of your table who ordered only entree's and mains had to wait between the other courses. In the future please do listen to the wait staffs advice on dining options as this... More 

Amberley, New Zealand
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404 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We chose the restaurant for a celebration dinner. It was planned in advance to spend the night in town so as to benefit from the paired wines with a degustation menu, thereby benefiting from the whole culinary experience...needless to say it did not disappoint. The food was spectacular. Each course was sublime with the wine being most appropriate with each... More 

Thank DavidGA986
Saggiodivino, Owner at Saggio di vino, responded to this review

DavidGA986 Thank you for celebrating your night with us at Saggio's We pride ourselves on wine matching each course and with 60 wines available by the glass there is plenty to go through to find that perfect match! We look forward to seeing you here again! David Napier l Chef Patron S A G G I O D I V... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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45 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

It took my wife and some NZ friends to this restaurant and we were all amazed by the food both presentation and taste. We are from Oz and can honestly say this restaurant is way up with any restaurant we have enjoyed at home. It you want to take some to a special restaurant then this is the place. Now... More 

Thank OB1ONE
Saggiodivino, Owner at Saggio di vino, responded to this review

Hi OB1ONE This is what I want to hear! I'm pleased to learn our little neighborhood restaurant can compete with your ozzy standards! My team appreciates the positive review. David Napier l Chef Patron S A G G I O D I V I N O More 

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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We have always enjoyed Saggio di vino.....and the change in ownership had not diminished our view. I had the 5 course tasting menu with wine. Wow, the food was amazing & the waiter was very knowledgeable both about the food & wine. A really enjoyable evening.

Thank Y2699AYjuliam
Saggiodivino, Owner at Saggio di vino, responded to this review

Hi Y2699AYjuliam Thank you celebrating your anniversary with us and we appreciate your positive review since the change of ownership! I'm glad the food and service matched up to your previous experience here. Hope to see you both here again. David Napier l Chef Patron S A G G I O D I V I N O More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 24 - USD 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
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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