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Argentinian Dining Experience

The Polo Bar is the perfect setting for breakfast or afternoon aperitifs

Being a laid-back sanctuary it is a great venue to relax or catch up with friends. Sit by the fire & enjoy Argentinian cuisine or a wood-fired pizza in the sun drenched courtyard.

Christchurch City's only Inner-City Argentinian Restaurant

From Garden to Table - extraordinary food with the lightest of global footprints.


We take garden to table seriously - from our rooftop beehives, with 60,000 wonderful bees producing honey used throughout our hand-crafted dishes, to our passion for serving quality produce from within our region and nationally. Some of our produce and suppliers include Amuri Truffiere, North Canterbury,  Meyer Vintage Gouda from Hamilton, Ora King Salmon from Nelson, Te Mana Lamb from Canterbury, Akarua Wines in Cromwell, to name just a few of the hundreds of local providers we source and proudly work with. We are unique in our city, offering Argentinian fare with distinct and authentic flavours.



A recent article and review sums our offering up well:

"Walking into The Polo Bar feels like stepping into polo clubrooms or a Ralph Lauren photo shoot.  The bar, located downstairs in plush Hotel Montreal, has a table laden with trophies, and a collection of mallets.  Polo ponies feature heavily on the walls, and the staff uniforms are distinctively polo preppy, with Hotel Montreal silk neckties, capri pants, and jumpers casually draped.  The Polo Bar takes its name seriously.

The feel is casual and effortless elegance as if you're lazing on a hacienda.  Perch on an over-sized and vivid blue leather couch in front of the indoor fire, or head outdoors to the leafy garden bar.  Relax on the grass, or if you're feeling active, play games on the manicured croquet lawn.  There's an outdoor fire, a pizza oven, and sometimes even a barbecue roasting chicken.  Craft breweries that feature on the drinks menu include Panhead Brewery and Moa.

The Polo Bar's culinary team is impressive.  Chef Jay Refugia has created a menu inspired by Argentinian cuisine.  The menu is full of delicious morsels for sharing, and everything is beautifully presented on wooden boards.  Enjoy meats (smoked or grilled), tapas, or picada (antipasto)."

Come and relax with us for a while, enjoy our extraordinary culinary delights in a wonderful space.

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Open 7-days for breakfast, lunch, coffee (take out or enjoy in) pre and post-theatre dining, dinner.  Polo Bar & Restaurant's menu is inspired by Argentinian cuisine, delivered in a sophisticated yet social atmosphere including a spacious al fresco dining area in Christchurch. 

Contact us today for your restaurant booking or to check availability by phone (03) 943 8555 or Contact Us.


Offering a menu of various sharing plates of selected meats smoked and chargrilled for a unique flavour. Delicious vegetarian dishes are also on the menu. The menu changes regularly to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients to create our mouth-watering dishes.

Contact us today for your restaurant booking or to check availability by phone (03) 943 8555 or Contact Us


Special Occasions


Do you have a special occasion coming up? Perhaps a birthday, anniversary or a proposal? 

Please let us know when you book if we can help, or if you would like a cake, a special dessert or some other personalised service to mark the occasion.

Contact us on (03) 943 8555 or for more information email us..


Group bookings 


We accommodate group bookings in the Polo Bar & Restaurant, and in the outdoor courtyard area.  

Whether it's a social club get together, a group of friends meeting for brunch or the company Christmas party in the courtyard.  Bookings essential.

Contact us on (03) 943 8555 or for more info email us.


Courtyard Dining 


The ideal summer spot for social get togethers with friends and colleagues.  Perfect for celebrating Christmas. 

Enjoy tapas, pizzas or full a la carte, play a round of croquet, or simply relax under the umbrellas and enjoy your favourite tipple.  

Contact us on (03) 943 8555 or email here for more information.

The Polo Bar

The Polo Bar & Restaurant in Christchurch is the ideal dining venue for all occasions, be it for a special event, social get together, pre-theatre dining, a client lunch, function or simply a takeaway coffee. The Polo Bar & Restaurant has everything you need.

What our patrons say

Fantastic service, food was amazing. Will be back for a tray of tapas again. We dined with 2 friends who had never been to polo club and they absolutely loved it also. Warm friendly and attentive service.

We had a fantastic stay, the staff were super friendly and accommodating, the family suite was perfect for our family of 4, food was lovely and location was great for exploring the CBD. Happy to recommend to anybody!

This is a special spot to stay close in to what Christchurch has to offer as it re-emerges from the devastating earthquakes. Having stayed in Central Christchurch many times to attend functions or theatre, this is a haven that has re captured what has always been part of the Christchurch experience .....a bit of a class act with some Canterbury flair !!!!!

The location was perfect for walking around Christchurch. The rooms were light, airy and extremely comfortable. The staff were always exceedingly helpful. It was the best hotel I stayed at in New Zealand.