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The Little Bistro

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 19 restaurants in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $33
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: "...a bistro is a small restaurant serving hearty meals and wine in an unpretentious setting..." Rustic-European inspired, locally sourced food cooked and served with love, plus a winelist to die for....
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92% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great hearty meals, some courses were better than others so choose wisely and perhaps enquire with the waiter about recommendations. We had a lovely three course meal with wine and the atmosphere made it feel like a very special night out. Will go back next time I'm in Akaroa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Lovely feel, great atmosphere, exceptional food and service. The lamb rump was amazing and we had a wonderful night. Highly recommend.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We had the pleasure of dining at The Little Bistro last weekend and what a true delight that was. I had pre booked a table and we were welcomed into this delightful restaurant. The menu had a delicious offering of entree's, mains and desserts. I had the most heavenly Seafood Chowder followed by the Risotto and my partner had the... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Oh dear! I really am going against the grain with this review. However, I must continue. We were recommended to go to The Little Bistro. We booked in the afternoon for 6.30pm and were greeted and shown our table. As with all bistro places, they are somewhat cramped and noisy, so we were not disappointed. However, the tables were too... More

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Queenstown, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I spent a lovely 3 days in Akaroa had spent my first evening in town dining at The Little Bistro. It was the best meal I had all weekend and the service was unbeatable. As a solo diner, they made me feel so welcomed and at home! The house sauvignon blanc was perfect as well :)

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We visited this bistro during a month long visit to the South Island of NZ in April. It was definitely the best meal we had, and the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. We hadn't booked, but they still managed to squeeze us in (even though this involved changing tables in between courses, which we were happy to do). Be... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Delicious food in a cute old house. From the foot path you can see the chef's in their tiny kitchen out the back. The food was excellent. The place was packed and it's pretty cramped and noisy when full so not really ideal for an intimate dinner unless on a quiet night. Not good for large groups.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Amazing dining experience. Food was excellent and the service matched. The waited even made me a cup of lemon tea as she noticed I was having some trouble coughing. Highly recommend.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

My husband and I had a fantastic meal here. Service was great and food was amazing. So refreshing to go to a restaurant that serves quality meals and in the right portion sizes too. My husband had the seafood chowder as entree, which was delicious. I had the field mushrooms with welsh rarebit - which were to die for...yum! For... More

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Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

On our trip we arrived in Akaroa at around 8 pm. Only few restaurants were open, many very expensive and some unwelcoming. So we finally chose The Little Bistro because it seemed nice. However unplanned our visit was, we were overwhelmed by the friendly French waitress, the coureous owner and the delicious meals served. Although we had a student budget... More

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