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The Little Bistro

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French, European, New Zealand
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33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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Today
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: "...a bistro is a small restaurant serving hearty meals and wine in an...
"...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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 286
    Excellent
  • 77
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Food.. Cool Space

Very cool small restaurant.. Like eating with friends.. Good choice and excellent food. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the relaxed feeling. Staff were great.. Attentive without being intrusive.. A tough balance to find these days. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Mike G
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Perth, Australia
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
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English first
Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very cool small restaurant.. Like eating with friends.. Good choice and excellent food. Enjoyed the atmosphere and the relaxed feeling. Staff were great.. Attentive without being intrusive.. A tough balance to find these days. Highly recommended.

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Canberra
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We ate at Little Bistro twice during our five days in Akaroa and could not fault it. The food was superb - particularly the risotto and the salmon - and we enjoyed the desserts too. The two waiting staff were very friendly (a pate starter to acknowledge us as return diners was very much appreciated) and the room was always... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

This little place was a big surprise...all of the dishes were very tasty and styled beautifully! I loved the dessert

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Fined here over Easter long weekend. Amazing service and spectacular food particularly the beef. Service, price and atmosphere 10 out of 10

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We loved this cozy bistro. The service, food and atmosphere were great. The seafood chowder is very unique and the best I've had in New Zealand. My husband's lamb was amazing as was my vegetarian dish. Very creative with their preparations. We recommend this restaurant highly.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Since 1 April 2015 the place has been under new management, but the food was still very good when we dined there on 4 April; at least as good as before. All the food was beautifully cooked. The service was also fine, which is commendable after only four days of operation. In fact, there is now a genuine French patronne... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The restaurant was crowded with loud european students. Probably wouldn't have gone here as we were looking forward to fine romantic dining. Instead it was loud and proud students , surely a heads up from the staff when we made the booking would of been a no brainer! must all be about filling seats not creating that special ambience we... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lovely menu, difficult to get reservation and food was good. However it was cramped felt sitting at other peoples table. It was busy and service slowed.

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Mainz, Germany
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great place for great food and very friendly service. Because of the size of the little Bistro you better have a reservation

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is such a memorable experience. The food was to die for, the service amazing the the atmosphere in this tiny little restaurant was so warm and homely! You wont be disappointed with this top quality food made with the freshest ingredients and clearly made with love!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-304 7314

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 32
  • Cuisine: French, European, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

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....
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?