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Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

57 Beach Rd, Akaroa 8161, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7533
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Ranked #9 of 19 restaurants in Akaroa
Price range: $8 - $38
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, International, New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar, Akaroa's Premier Dinning Spot. Open year round, seven days for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or just a casual drink or coffee in the sun. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour whilst you dine from any number of our indoor or outdoor dining areas. Sheltered garden area with childrens play area also. Specialising in comtempory New Zealand cuisine using fresh local produce with a mix of traditional and modern flavours. An extensive menu with alarge selection of seafood including freshly shucked oysters. Innovative and award winning cuisine all at prices to suit any budget. To compliment our dining menu we carry the" Monteiths" range of craft beers on tap and by the bottle along side an all embracing wine list and non alcoholic beverage menu.
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74% Recommend
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We have gone to Akaroa several times and often eat here. It is open even in the winter when most places are closed. We have always have good service. There menu is very diverse, with a number of fish and seafood dishes, but also meats, salads and asian style dishes. On our most recent visit my husband had the red... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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77 reviews 77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

On a cold wet day a hot hearty breakfast was the order of the day. Huge breakfast with homemade baked beans, kumara and corn cakes, eggs, spinach etc. too big for me but hubby loved however there will be no lunch today for sure. Menu is comprehensive and there is defintely something for everyone! Fantastic service from the staff, great... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Breakfast for four on our last morning in Akaroa. Servings were HUGE and good quality although I think the toast could be slimmed down. Coffee was good and hot. Free wi fi available

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had to stop here and taste the soup. We had a wonderful seafood chowder-not my favouritekind- but this was delicious. THe views were good from the seating and the beer went down well a treat. Certainly worth it and we went back again for the soup etc.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Recommended from the hotel we stayed at (Akaroa Criterion) we gave Bully Hayes a shot and were not let down. I had the omelette and my wife ordered the Poached Eggs. Each of our plates were cooked perfectly and all the accompaniments were perfectly suited to our mains. My compliments to the service. We managed to sit at a table... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Very nice chowder! Everyone enjoyed their meals on a cold and wet Wednesday evening. My brother loved the muscles and father really enjoyed the pork belly.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Options on a Monday night in the winter are few. There were perhaps four restaurants in town which were open. We booked a reservation a few hours ahead of time, which was when we got the first sign of things to come. The person on the phone seemed annoyed and a bit put off that we'd called. When we got... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you enjoy great cooking with flare and a twist, this is the place for you. The artistically presented and moorish date scone was enhanced by a homemade mixed berry jam - which had been infused with star anise. The courteous and knowledgeable young staff were attentive and friendly. A sublime experience. Highly recommended.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Evening was clear, cold & windy. This made the warmth of the venue even more appealing. Food quality and service were very good. The menu was both expansive and inviting.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had one day in Akaroa and it was dreadful weatherwise. Many shops and restaurants were not even open, but Bully Hayes was there for lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner. At lunchtime our service was reasonable and the food quite satisfactory; at coffeetime it was very impersonal, and at dinnertime we had a lovely friendly waitress who made the experience... More

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