The Church Bistro – Hahei, NZ

A quality dining experience…

The Church Bistro is a family run restaurant where father and son Souza from Brazil combine their talent and experience behind the stove!

Come and enjoy Chef Guto and Chef Gabriel in their craziness, loudness but most of all, their culinary uniqueness!

They bring over 50 years international experience to the stove, showing of the skills and taste combinations they have picked up on their travels.

Their plates are infused with flavors from their childhood in Brazil, experiences in Portugal, India, the Netherlands and now New Zealand.

We are available for birthday celebrations, business functions and boutique style weddings. We are happy to talk with you about your requests and to discuss menu options.

…steeped in history

The Church Bistro is situated in Hahei and conveniently placed in and around some of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand including Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

The Church Bistro is housed in the original church building from the early 1900’s, and relocated from its original home, Taumarunui. The exposed kauri beams, classical joinery and original floor add to its charm and character.

The Church Bistro Hahei NZ


  • $ 18
    Couvert (2ppl); freshly baked bread & dips
  • $ 19
    Beetroot carpaccio, goat cheese and macadamia nuts
  • $ 22
    Brazilian crab gratin
  • $ 25
    Seared tuna with sesame seeds, Asian salad, wasabi mayo and  green pea puree
  • $ 22
    Pork belly with pineapple tartare, black rice & chorizo croquette, coconut yoghurt & mint sauce
  • $ 23
    “Picanha de Sol” (Brazilian style cured beef), farofa, carrot mousseline and clarified butter
The Church Bistro Hahei NZ


  • $ 32
    The Church salad; green salad with hummus, quinoa, falafel & halloumi cheese
  • $ 28 / $38
    Fresh pasta in a Provençal style sauce & parmesan $28.00

    (tomato base sauce with herbs, olives & capers)

    Add Prawns $38.00

  • $ 42
    Grilled fish fillet Mediterranean style with basil sauce, sundried tomato & squid ink arancini and ratatouille
  • $ 48
    Duo of Duck; grilled duck breast & confit in steamed bun, broccoli puree, Spanish croquette and red grape sauce
  • $ 46
    Your choice of NZ Eye fillet steak OR NZ Lamb rump, chimichurri sauce, Portuguese style roasted potato and courgette hummus


  • $ 16
    Passion fruit bombe with almond crumble
  • $ 8 each
    Mini tartelette (single, duo or trio)

    . Lemon curd & mascarpone

    . Chocolate mousse & nuts

    . Cheesecake & berries

  • $ 16
    Sorbet duo
  • $ 8
    Vanilla ice cream

Children’s Menu

(twelve years and under)

  • $ 20
    Fish and chips
  • $ 20
    Beef Schnitzel & chips
  • $ 20
    Pasta in a Provençal style red sauce & parmesan

    (tomato base sauce with herbs, olives & capers)


For reservations or general enquiries

Please book here through our online system.
For groups of 8 or more, or for late notice bookings, please contact the restaurant
07 866 3797 or send an email to:


Opening hours:

Dinner Menu: Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm.

Closed on Mondays


Looking forward to seeing you then.

Find us at 87 Hahei Beach Rd, Hahei, NZ | get directions

Please do not leave a reservation on here if you require a booking within 24 hours, this is our peak season and we can’t always guarantee you a table. Please call one of the above numbers to check for same day bookings.

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