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Leinster Rd. Bistro

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158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
03 355 3055
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 47
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  • 42
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  • 9
    Average
  • 3
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  • 1
    Terrible
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
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Had a fantastic time dining at the Leinster last night...all five of us had different mains and each was delicious, we shared starters...also delicious...and the desserts divine!!! The waiting staff were all lovely without being overbearing, attentive and friendly. Great winelist...would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2016
tisme_leanne
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Amberley, New Zealand
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The duck pate was delicious! My friends had the soup and said it was delicious! I ordered a blue steak and it came as a medium rare! I sent it back and it came back rare! I did ask could they do a blue steak and they said they could! But not for me on this occasion! My friends ordered... More 

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Thank Anj03
Amberley, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Had a fantastic time dining at the Leinster last night...all five of us had different mains and each was delicious, we shared starters...also delicious...and the desserts divine!!! The waiting staff were all lovely without being overbearing, attentive and friendly. Great winelist...would thoroughly recommend...and did I mention the delicious food,

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Thank tisme_leanne
Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I dined here last night and it was fantastic. The meals were delicious, the service attentive and the décor lovely, esp the Henri Rousseau paintings. I can't wait to try out their brunch menu next time I return.

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Thank LoveDining77
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

This is one of our regular haunts and never disappoints! Our girls night out needs to be somewhere we can talk easily, must have good food that represents value for money and have a comfortable ambience. We all agreed this scored highly on all three. Two of our party had the Venison Osso Buco which was declared excellent, another the... More 

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Thank SallyandPeter
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Had family luncheon here on Sunday, as my mother and I have often lunched here in the past. The food, sadly, was very mediocre ie, overcooked steak, small portion of fish. Our waitress was foreign, and made absolutely no effort to help us in choosing wine. She blankly stared at us as we tried to order champagne, and in fact... More 

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Thank Rowan R
Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had a delightful meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were treated to a splendid meal and fantastic service from a delightful Argentinian waitress. Can highly recommend this restaurant.

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1 Thank L80n
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We were served by a fabulous foreign girl (fleur i believe her name was), which was the only redeeming part of our visit. The mocktails were over priced and underwhelming. The man behing the bar (i assume the owner) was strutting around with his coffee cup full of wine, bothering diner. Lose the attitude mate....you're in merivale NOT New York.... More 

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2 Thank Dana B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Service was good but the pea and bacon risotto was dry and not the texture it should be. Pork belly was great and good wine selection. Won't be in a hurry to go back.

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Thank NZFoodie02
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We booked Leinster Road for my husband's birthday and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The restaurant doesn't look much from the outside but the inside is spacious, understated and well appointed. We had an excellent meal. My venison backstrap on a parsnip puree with beetroot was outstanding and I don't say that lightly! The service was attentive but not over the... More 

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Thank Gilian2014
Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Met two friends here for lunch. The atmosphere and seating are very pleasant. However, the meals were very underwhelming. The risotto was like a stodgy pile of uninteresting rice. The fish and chips were very basic and the chicken salad had barely any chicken and lacked size and imagination. The parking is an absolute nightmare and requires a walk of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 03 355 3055

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

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