Top 10 restaurants in Timaru, New Zealand

July 29, 2017 Claudia Navarrete

Timaru (English: /ˈtɪməˌruː/; Māori: Te Tihi-o-Maru) is a port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 157 kilometres southwest of Christchurch and about 196 kilometres northeast of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. The Timaru urban area is home to 29,000 people, and is the largest urban area in South Canterbury, and the second largest in the Canterbury Region overall, after Christchurch. The city is the seat of the Timaru District, which includes the surrounding rural area and the towns of Geraldine, Pleasant Point and Temuka, which combined has a total population of 47,100.
Things to do in Timaru

1. Old Bank Cafe & Bar

232 Stafford Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, Bar, Pub, European Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$173 +64 3-684 4392
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Old Bank Cafe & Bar

Reviewed By Elizabeth M

Old bank always has had the same menu which I love. It's a great place for lunch or tea and has great value for money. Definitely the best pub food in Timaru. Would recommend this to anyone.

2. Speights Ale House

2 George Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Takeout, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$71 - HK$196 +64 3-686 6030
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 326 reviews

Speights Ale House

Enjoy the award winning Speight's Ale House in Timaru. We have an the immense outdoor courtyard, great southern food and hospitality. Try some of local cuisine, from small/shared plates to larger meals. Private dining rooms available. Come and experience the best in Timaru!

Reviewed By Pocock1

Pleasant location and building in the town centre. Really good selection if beers. I followed the barmans recommendation and they all hit the spot.
Plenty of Seating outside.
The menu looked good with huge portions though not particularly pubby, more full on dinner. Also you would struggle as a vegetarian unless you like fish.
I liked it.

3. Bennys Again

312 Otipua Road, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$220 +64 3-686 9000
Excellent
47%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 119 reviews

Bennys Again

Reviewed By Ezra710 - Christchurch, New Zealand

This looked interesting from the outside, but I was disappointed by the food, which lacked in taste. A reasonable range of options but somehow lacking the x factor. Service was friendly but not energetic. Not crossed off my list but will likely explore others before returning.

4. Custom Steak House

Strathallan Street, Timaru, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining Steakhouse, New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +64 3-684 5528
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 114 reviews

Custom Steak House

Reviewed By chrisanddon2016 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Yum Yum Yum. We all enjoyed our steaks and we also had a selection of side dishes. I highly recommend the duck fat chips. Pretty good value - the most expensive thing on the menu was about $35 and was a huge steak with a side plus veges. Really cute old house with an open fire and high ceilings. Lots of character. The waiter was extremely friendly and efficient. Would definitely eat here again.

5. Fusion Restaurant Cafe & Bar

64 The Bay Hill | Timaru Central, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$157 - HK$196 +64 3-688 8550
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 354 reviews

Fusion Restaurant Cafe & Bar

We are a casual dining restaurant producing seasonal menus of New Zealand produce with international flavours.

Reviewed By harvard1078 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

What a wonderful meal and absolutely great staff. We ordered the Duck leg, well I enjoy duck but the way they prepared and served this meal deserves a mention. From other friends that visited the restaurant who didn't have the duck also enjoyed the meals (they got there too late as the duck had sold out). The staff were friendly and helpful, so well done to the Fusion restaurant.

6. Zest

4A Elizabeth Place, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$86 - HK$181 +64 3-688 8313
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

Zest

Reviewed By Renee K

Zest has been a regular hotspot and dinner destination for my family and friends over the years! Fantastic service, great food and friendly atmosphere. You can never go wrong with the pizza options and there is plenty of variety throughout the rest of the menu. Cannot recommend Zest more!

7. TGB Bar & Restaurant

Beswick Street | Cains Terrace, Timaru 7901, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Gastropub, European, Healthy, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner HK$24 - HK$181 +64 3-687 9190
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

TGB Bar & Restaurant

TGB (Gastropub) is located in historical building with dramatic high ceilings, nostalgic exposed brick and modern touches. It's been operating since 1875 for obvious reasons: southern hospitality with exceptional food and drinks. Our food grub is no-nonsense yummy and generous. Come on down, and chow down with the food. You'd be so glad you did!!

Reviewed By YVONNE L - Christchurch, New Zealand

We had dinner and ordered the basic roast followed by ice cream sundaes. Would have to say they were very average. Service was just okay staff seemed to spend time chatting to each other rather than serving customers so I don't think it is a place I would reccommend

8. Punjab Indian Tandoori Restaurant

44 Stafford Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery Indian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +64 3-684 8434
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Authentic Indian Food. There is another branch at 159 Victoria Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Reviewed By NZMidds - Wellington, New Zealand

Arriving late in Timaru meant little in the way of choice. So Punjab was chosen because it was open. The entree we had was the platter, it was great. The onion relish was especially good. The mains were less impressive. The butter chicken was decidedly average and the Tikka was equally mediocre. The garlic naan was good. Service was okay, not very enthusiastic, which is odd given we were the only people in the place. So it was okay, would I go again- no probably not....unless it was the only place open.

9. Purple Lizard Cafe

332 Stafford Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
29%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Purple Lizard Cafe

Reviewed By SUEMARK2017 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Early morning on our way to Christchurch from Moeraki, we took advice from TA and stopped at Purple Lizard for breakfast. The menu looked like pretty standard fare but on ordering and tasting, we were delighted that the 'standard fare' well exceeded our expectations. The coffee was Excellent ! We like to always thank our hosts; it was our pleasure to pass on our praise for a hearty breakfast from beginning to end.
Running a cafe can be a thankless task; hard work and even harder when you seldom receive thanks. We will definitely be recommending your cafe to other travellers should they pass your way. Best advertisement there is when you leave a cafe feeling well fed.
Ka kite ano !

10. Bay Hill Brewery Bar

54 The Bay Hill, Timaru 7910, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Brew Pub, Grill, Bar, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +64 3-688 4367
Excellent
34%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 221 reviews

Bay Hill Brewery Bar

Reviewed By Katharine E - Vienna, Austria

Top marks for service here, which couldn't have been nicer. On a sunny day, the view over Caroline's Bay from the Terrace is stunning and was a lovely place to sit over breakfast.
Tasty coffee and a decent choice of breakfast dishes (we had the pancakes and an omelette) and extras (hashbrowns etc.). Portions are good, as is the value for money.
Definitely a top pick for Timaru, whether you are staying there or just passing through!

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