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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
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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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  • 306
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  • 82
    Very good
  • 25
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  • 7
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Total package

We dined this evening as part of a quiet weekend away from Christchurch. We had 3 courses including a shared dessert. We are very pleased to say that we enjoyed the food, the wine, the service, and the ambiance. We rate this as a top dining experience and will certainly recommend to friends. Top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Chris S
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We dined this evening as part of a quiet weekend away from Christchurch. We had 3 courses including a shared dessert. We are very pleased to say that we enjoyed the food, the wine, the service, and the ambiance. We rate this as a top dining experience and will certainly recommend to friends. Top effort Little Bistro. Fantastic.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Delicious food for an amazing price! Service is good and waiters/waitresses were really friendly:). Nice and cosy atmosphere!

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Fairlie, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our three course meal, delicious food and we enjoyed every mouthful. Quaint wee restaurant, our table and chairs were a bit wobbly and a tight fit but the food made up for it. Great service and meals were quick to come. Ensure you book but well worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Met the owner as we walk by earlier in the day, talked wine food, was told if we wanted to eat there we would need to book a table, Friday nights are busy, hard to believe when there wasn't a car on the street. Took the 6 pm sitting, drinks pre-ordered and ready to go, service was excellent and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

My wife and I ate here whilst on a relaxing trip to Akaroa, whilst there was nothing necessarily wrong with anything, the food just didn't hit the mark. It seemed unbalanced and honestly wasn't up to the price range. If main course dishes were $25-$30 this restaurant would be just right for a good friendly meal, but as the were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My husband and I had the most beautiful meal here. All three courses were stunning! Staff were helpful and friendly and the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Highly recommended for a special evening.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My husband and I have been to this restaurant twice now and each time it just gets better. The quality of the food is wonderful, the staff attentive and the atmosphere very relaxing. The new owner Richard has taken a good restaurant and made it great. I would highly recommend his establishment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Had a wonderful diner with my family at the Little Bistro. Version ribs, beef short ribs and scollops are so delicious. The recommended matching wine is perfect. A enjoyable dinning experience in Akaroa. Must try.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We had the most amazing experience. First impression is just how small this place is, just 10 or so tables. While the tables are close together, it wasn't uncomfortable. Complementary house baked breads, while looking over the menu. Glass of Moet each, very reasonably priced. The menu itself isn't huge, with a half dozen options for each course but seemed... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A lovely little bistro (very apt name!) - gorgeous food and wine, good atmosphere and great service. Toasty warm on a cold night!

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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 6 - 27
  • Cuisine: French, European, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?