The Bicycle Thief originally opened in late 2005 out of a once covered carpark in Latimer Square, Christchurch City. The carpark previously housed a dozen or so cars but was converted into a low-light, Italian restaurant as a means for the owners to support their young family (ages 3,6 & 9 at the time.) 

The inner city Bicycle Thief survived the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes with minor damage but was forced into closure by compulsory acquisition, due to the politics and doctrine of the CBD rebuild. 

In early 2016 The Bicycle Thief re-established, leaving the city for the bucolic Canterbury countryside between Halswell and Tai Tapu. The space looks a bit different but it feels just like it used to and this time - the daughters are old enough to work.




To request a table please use the reservation form below. Booking online reserves you any one of our indoor tables but does not promise a booth or outdoor seat. All special requests can be discussed over the phone.  

Brunch menu is available on the weekend 9:30am- 3pm.

You may also bring your own cake to celebrate, please note we charge $2.50pp if it is in lieu of a full dessert course.

For all function enquiries please contact Lily - bicyclethief.functions@gmail.com

For all other enquiries: bookings@thebicyclethief.co.nz




Monday closed 

Tuesday closed

Wednesday 11.30am – until close 

Thursday 11.30am – until close

Friday 11.30am – until close

Saturday 9.30am – until close

Sunday 9.30am – until close



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Please use this form for general enquiries or for function requests.