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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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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
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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Visitor rating
  • 289
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 22
    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
Excellent food in a cosy setting

We dined here 2 nights during a one week stay in Akaroa. The restaurant has just changed hands in April and the staff were outstanding , making this an intimate dining experience with excellent food. The menu reflects the chefs' desire to only use locally sourced ingredients. The servings are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
countrygirl8050
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Manyana, Australia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Manyana, Australia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We dined here 2 nights during a one week stay in Akaroa. The restaurant has just changed hands in April and the staff were outstanding , making this an intimate dining experience with excellent food. The menu reflects the chefs' desire to only use locally sourced ingredients. The servings are generous . The bistro is also open for coffee and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very friendly people & nice food. Unfortunately the coffee was well below par. It was weak & a big disappointment. With decent coffee, it would be a great place.

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Auckland
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Had a memorable dinner here. Its only a small restaurant- excellent food, good wine list, great service. You need to book.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I had a lovely meal however felt very rushed by the staff. The seafood chowder was delicious and our mains of beef and pork belly were great too. I had tried to book for 730 but was asked to make it 8pm and when we arrived the restaurant was only half full so wondering what that was... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Here for evening meal - it ticked off the trio of places I wanted to visit. Had read cuisine review so expected small but perhaps didn't realise how small to packed in there with the other customers. No room to move and customers had to move sideways through other punters. Going to the toilet would have been a major mission... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is certainly one of the BEST meals I have enjoyed out in a long time. The food was simply fantastic especially my choice which was the seafood chowder and risotto and it was a pleasure to enjoy a delicious, by the glass, Chardon & Brut French bubbles. My husband and I enjoyed sharing the yummy Lemon Mess dessert and... More 

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Maui, Hawaii
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The food was delicious but the restaurant too small to relax. We were first going to be seated next to the toilet, we asked to be moved. Two other couples arrived and the staff tried to put them at the

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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 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

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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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 - 31
  • Cuisine: French, European, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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