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Awards top

Aitkens New or Returning Establishment of the Year

GrabOne Restaurant of the Year

The Press People's Choice Award

Our Venue top

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 at the breakfast bar, enjoying a drink in the Lounge room, meeting friends for lunch in the sun drenched verandah or enjoying a platter in the sheltered verdant courtyard.
The original homeliness of the villa has been maintained making Dux Dine welcoming and very comfortable but with many fun and quirky elements to be discovered and revealed over subsequent visits. Come and enjoy our famous Dux hospitality and discover your favourite spot to be.

"The group was very impressed with the great atmosphere, great service and mentioned that everything was well presented and also that the group was handled well on short notice.
I don’t often get asked to pass on comments to the establishments, so Dux Dine must have made a really great impression on the group."
- Selina Roberts, Horncastle Homes
"I wanted to drop you a line to say a big thank you, and what a great restaurant you have. I was part of a fairly large sized group for a leaving doo last night, and we had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic, and our waitress was very friendly. I unfortunately don't know her name, though I know that she has a 18 month daughter and that her husband is a chef. Please pass on to her that she has a lovely manner and we enjoyed her looking after us. The only criticism about our night as one lady said, is that the meal had to end" - Katherine Best
"Wow! What a fantastic experience! Congratulations on a beautiful venue with stunning decor, wonderful staff who made you feel special, and absolutely delicious food. You would not be aware, but we ended up eating at your restaurant numerous times - breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is nothing like your restaurant in Perth - please come across and create your magic over here. We have been telling all of our friends."
- Rex & Lyn McCarthy, Perth
"What an excellent night out. I'm not from Christchurch so rely on reviews to find places to eat. I found this one on Neat Places. It was so busy they didn't have room to seat us inside but put us underneath heaters and provided blankets. This was the first time ever I've enjoyed an oyster! Service was fantastic and so was all the food. Highly recommend!"
- Posted on by Sophie Rose

Our Food top

Our menus reflect our desire to serve customers meals to nourish, sustain, and excite with food that enriches our bodies, minds and souls.
The Dux is proud of it's strong relationships with local suppliers, growers and artisan producers, many forged over more than 30 years of Dux de Lux history.
Our seafood is of the highest quality and is caught locally in the cold waters off the coast of the South Island with an ever changing variety of species delivered daily to the kitchen door. Favourite staples are groper, gurnard, crayfish, terikihi, complemented with seasonally available species such as scallops, oysters and whitebait.
The vegetarian dishes reflect the very best of what is seasonally available, some of which is grown in our very own organic garden.
Beers and wines are carefully selected to represent the best of New Zealands bountiful offerings. We batch brew our own award wining beers by traditional methods to exacting standards. On offer are the famous Dux Lager, Nor'wester lager, Ginger Tom, Blue Duck, and seasonal varieties. These are complemented by other choice NZ beers, and wines that are predominantly NZ made.

Our History top

Dux Dine is a partial successor to the famous Dux de Lux which was damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Dux de Lux began life in 1978 as a collaborative effort between a group of people who had the desire to bring vegetarian food into mainstream dining. It was sited in 'The Arts Centre'- a group of beautiful stone Gothic Revival buildings that were previously the University of Canterbury, in an historic home built in the Arts and Crafts style and known as the 'Students Union' building.The restaurant proved very successful and in 1980 opened for lunch and dinner seven days a week. With the addition of a bar in 1983 'The Dux' became a very popular meeting and socialising place with it's indoor and outdoor settings, landscaped courtyard and large shade trees.
The Dux team were very interested in the local music scene and promoting touring NZ bands and this also became an integral part of the Dux de Lux culture. It added much to the diversity of the Dux experience and attracted another section of the community who might not have desired vegetarian food but loved the atmosphere, music and varied international beer selection.
The business grew and as other tenancies in the building became available the Dux took on more space and in late 1989 was able to open it's own craft brewery on site, along with a large 'Brew Bar' and an even larger courtyard. A tapas bar featuring seafood was included in the Brew Bar and a new chapter in dining at the Dux began, complementing it's famous salads and delicious vegetarian fare.
The Dux de Lux had fully come of age and was now the place to be, eat and meet. This tradition of fresh vegetarian and seafood cuisine, accompanied by fine beers, and sparked by great music continued very successfully until the fateful day in February 2011 when the earth shook. Dux de Lux was a hospitality venue of many parts and difficult to replace as a whole therefore some 'Duxlings' have been created. Dux Dine is the recreation of the restaurant arm. Dux Live is the music venue and bar located at 363 Lincoln Road, and watch out for Dux Brew coming soon!

Our Menus top

Breakfast – Portobello Mushroom Dish Image

Our menus change regularly - The version available here is offered as a guide and may differ from the menu available at the time of your visit

Brunch – Mainland Crab Dish Image

Our menus change regularly - The version available here is offered as a guide and may differ from the menu available at the time of your visit

Lunch – Pea & Halloumi Fritters Dish Image

Our menus change regularly - The version available here is offered as a guide and may differ from the menu available at the time of your visit

Platter – Daily Smoke Platter Image

Our menus change regularly - The version available here is offered as a guide and may differ from the menu available at the time of your visit

Dinner – Line Caught Groper Dish Image

Our menus change regularly - The version available here is offered as a guide and may differ from the menu available at the time of your visit

Wine & Beer – Dux Brewed Beers on Tap Image

Functions top

Fancy a function to impress?
Whether it be a small group, special lunch or dinner, corporate event, product launch or company celebration we can cater for your needs. Our restaurant has a variety of areas to suit differing needs whether it be inside, on the covered and enclosed veranda or in the sheltered courtyard. We will do our utmost to accommodate your event and make it a special time to remember.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at and we’ll ensure yours is the best function or event possible.

Contact Us top

If you are unable to make a reservation due to availability please phone 03 348 1436 to speak to one of our staff.

Map – Location Map Image

Dux Dine
28 Riccarton Road,

Phone: 03 348 1436
Open from 7am Monday to Friday and from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

Dux Dine; casual dining, special occasions, small functions or general inquiries.
Gareth Thomas, Restaurant Manager
Please allow 24 hours for a reply via email. To book a table today, please call or use our online booking system
+64 3 348 1436

Dux Central; band bookings, venue hire, corporate events.
Ross Herrick
+64 3 366 6919