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Leinster Rd. Bistro

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158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 42
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  • 34
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  • 6
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delightful atmosphere, food, presentation, and service, and unusual dishes.

We came here because it was close to our hotel, and boy, what a treat. We all tried something different. Meals came in large bowls, and everyone was pleased. I see most other reviews were excellent, so just add my vote

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We came here because it was close to our hotel, and boy, what a treat. We all tried something different. Meals came in large bowls, and everyone was pleased. I see most other reviews were excellent, so just add my vote

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was looking forward to a celebratory lunch with friends, but came away feeling a little let down. It's a comfortable, attractive setting, especially if you like large, brilliantly painted pictures on the wall, and while the staff gave a warm welcome and the menu looked interesting and comprehensive, the meal itself was a little disappointing. Several of us ordered... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We were staying in Merivale so decided to wander down to Leinster Rd Bistro. We had no expectations but were delightfully surprised. I had the duck parfait, then the venison and brulee to finish. Everything was absolutely delicious. The venison was so tender I just about didn't have to chew. When next in Christchurch we will definitely be returning.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Had two courses entrée was crispy squid, well I have had a lot of squid before it is a favourite of mine, saying that I have never had anything like this I really don't know if they tried hard to achieve this dish I would have thought it would be easy to replicate this at home this is how I... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Good - service friendly and efficient, comfy seats, booths that seat up to 5-6, meat beautifully cooked, good choice on menu with separate list of specials. Average - lack of veges/salad that come with main - had to order side of salad(which was more a coleslaw) and bowl of chips being the only potato option Didn't like parts of décor... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The seating restaurant is well spaced and the environment relaxed. It is not too noisy and so is a good place for an evening with friends to be able to talk. The service was excellent with attentive staff. The food was good and presented well. I will return.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

You can always find a seat here & thought a perfect stop for a quick eat before attending a meeting. Wait staff very attentive. Ordered the bacon & corn soup - fast & light for a long evening ahead of tedium. The bacon was not cooked!! chopped up and was obviously cooked when the soup was heating. You had the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

One of the best meals I've had. Hidden gem in Merivale. Everything that was brought out to eat was great and being a BYO is a bonus

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New Zealand
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109 reviews 109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

There is something lacking in the atmosphere of this place. Definitely more bistro than restaurant - trouble is they're charging restaurant prices. I had a beef salad which was tasty enough - consisted of thin slices of beef laid in a circle with a bundle of salad leaves dropped in the middle. At $18 I'd feel it was value. At... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Great service and great atmosphere, but this place is really let down by the food and their pricing. On first glance the menu sounds great. However, paying upwards of $35 was a bit of a sting for what was really a pretty plain meal. Don't get me wrong- the food is nice but for what I paid I expected more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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