Starz restaurant Timaru


Ara hospitality students in Timaru put their customer service and cooking skills to the test by running a restaurant and bar on campus that caters to paying customers.

Starz Restaurant is open to the public at certain times of the year (see below) and also hosts one-off functions, demonstrations, themed nights and chef’s table dining experiences.

The restaurant prepares students by giving them confidence in a real-world environment and adds to the comprehensive nature of their hospitality education. Menus are developed to support our students’ learning and to offer a selection to tempt the palate of our diners. They include vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free options and may change depending on the season and teaching requirements.


Our menus are developed to support our students learning and to offer a selection to tempt the palate of our diners. Menus may change throughout the year based on seasons and teaching requirements.

We offer a range of dishes including vegetarian options and you can accompany this with a drink from our substantial wine and beverage list.

If you are hosting a function, we can work with you to design a menu specifically for your event.

  • Dinner menu
  • Wine menu
  • Starz dates for 2019

    The bar opens at 5pm and the restaurant at 6pm, with the last bookings at 7.30pm.

    • Tuesday 28 May*
    • Wednesday 29 May *
    • Tuesday 5 June*
    • Wednesday 6 June*
    • Wednesday 30 October
    • Thursday 31 October
    • Tuesday 5 November
    • Wednesday 6 November

    Meals prepared and served by Level 4 Certificate Cookery students. Spaces are limited to 25 guests each night. 

    * Themed Restaurant evenings (see below for details)

    Game of Thrones

    Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May

    Three course meal – $40 per person. The bar opens at 5pm, reservations taken for dinner bookings between 6pm and 7.30pm.

    Pub Food & Quiz

    Wednesday 5 June (Thursday 6 June is already sold out)

    Includes a three course meal and a quick-fire quiz for non-quizzers. $30 per person. Teams can be 2-5 people.

    The bar opens at 5pm, dinner is at 6pm. Quiz starts at 6.30pm.

    Market day

    Tuesday 5 November 2019, 11.30am - 12.30pm.

    To make a reservation email: or phone 0800 24 24 76.


    Special acknowledgments and our appreciation to the companies supporting our students through Starz:

    • Hancocks
    • C4 Coffee
    • Southern Hospitality
    • Moffat Ltd
    • Akaroa Salmon