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The Trading Rooms Restaurant

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French, Dessert, British, Contemporary
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71 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7656
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Exciting modern cooking, fine wine selection, beautiful sunset harbour...
Exciting modern cooking, fine wine selection, beautiful sunset harbour views from the terrace. The Trading Rooms is a timeless historic venue, perfect for your special occasion.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 202
    Excellent
  • 67
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fine dining, food and service

Warm welcome in a tastefully decorated victorian dining room. I had the entrée consisting of Bluff oysters prepared three ways, followed by beautiful piece of fresh Groper on a bed of durum wheat salad, accompanied with clams and mussels. The clams were in the shell and had been only cooked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Kiwi_Maurice
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Temuka, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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315 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Temuka, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Warm welcome in a tastefully decorated victorian dining room. I had the entrée consisting of Bluff oysters prepared three ways, followed by beautiful piece of fresh Groper on a bed of durum wheat salad, accompanied with clams and mussels. The clams were in the shell and had been only cooked enough to open them so they retained their full flavour.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We've been to several restaurants in Akaroa this week, all were overpriced with poor service. The Trading Rooms was a similar price to other resturants in the area, but the first to finally meet expectations in regards to food and service. We had an excellent meal, the staff were extremely friendly and provided great service. I highly recommend.

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Dallas, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were staying in an Akaroa B&B and were told that this restaurant had good food. We made a reservation and found on the night we went (Sunday) that most of the tourists had left for the weekend and there wasn't much of a crowd. My wife ordered the lamb and I ordered the pork belly. I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a delightful dinner at the Trading Rooms, it is a quaint older styled building and the decor is old fashioned, but in keeping. It was impressive that on a week night it was full and we observed the staff turning away people. I suggest that you book, if you don't want to be disappointed. My husband's entree was... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The staff is very impolite. This was the worst restaurant in NewZealand so far. So I highly recommend not to go to this restaurant.

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We had a very nice dinner at this restaurant on Akaroa harbour, the veal and salmon were amazing and very well presented, the wine was perfect. Highly recommended!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Turned away at 8.10 this evening as the place wasn't busy enough and was closing! Really? Down the road 3 doors away was packed! This is not how you stay at number 2 in the review stakes...Wednesday night, for the record.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

We had a great, fine-dining meal here. The plates of food were the prettiest I have seen. The amuse bouche was a nice touch, the Akaroa salmon and duck dishes were both tasty, the portions just right. Thanks Kathryn.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The Trading Room is a nice place to dine ,we had dinner there last night ,the whole experience was very good. From good food very friendly staff & nice surroundings & location. Top marks all round Thank you. This also a nice place anytime of the day for simply a coffee or muffin ,a wine or beer inside or out... More 

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11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We love mussels- and have had them all over the world- these could be the best ever- plump, tender, juicy and very, very tasty-served along with great fries. We had them both with bacon and spinach and Meniere and both were prepared perfectly- with fresh mussels from Marlborough Sound. We felt that the price ($25) for a full plate of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-304 7656

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, Dessert, British, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions

Description

Exciting modern cooking, fine wine selection, beautiful sunset harbour views from the terrace. The Trading Rooms is a timeless historic venue, perfect for your special occasion.

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