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

    Tuesday 28 May*

    Wednesday 29 May *

    Tuesday 5 June*

    Wednesday 6 June*

    Tuesday 29 October

    Wednesday 30 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. Style is family service - meals are placed at the centre of the table for diners to serve themselves (vegetarian option available if requested when booking). 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. There are four quiz categories: general knowledge; food; beverages and one more (to be decided) plus prizes up for grabs. Teams can be 2-5 people.

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

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

    Market day

      Tuesday 5 November 2019, 11.30am - 12.30pm.


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

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