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The Little Bistro

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. A little piece of France in NZ
"The staff are friendly and helpful. The food was excellent! "
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2. Great vibe, great food!
"This was such a cute spot for a reasonably priced dinner."
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3. Making Love to Chocolate
" I found myself getting intimately involved "
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1 - 10 of 765 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here to celebrate my partner's 30th birthday after reading amazing reviews. The food was just as we expected, splendid and so was the service. Our waiter for the night, which I also believe was the duty manager, was Arnaud and he was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Michaela F
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Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

Every course we had was 5* clams in sauce delicious. .whole sole yummm..bread the wine ...superb. ..friendly staff ....only downside was the hike back up the hill to van park...full of beautiful food and wine ...make sure u stop there

Thank Candy C
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2017

Hi Candy C Thank you for your kind words. Its a hard hike back up the hill, but im glad it was worth it. regards richard

Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was impecable, very attentive but unobtrusive. Great range of food , well cooked and presented, atmosphere awesome, tables a little small and for some maybe too cramped. Will definitely be returning!

Thank Inspire813624
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dinner menu is excellent and the food, wine and service all top drawer. Really enjoyed our night but wish they wouldn't charge extra for cc payments, build this into the cost of your food.

2  Thank agbsullivan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a rather cold nasty night when we came here for dinner, but the restaurant is small and cosy with attentive service. The olives and bread we started with were both delicious, but our mains of beef and skate didn’t really impress, nor the...More

2  Thank z1bby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Little Bistro was delightful. Great food, locally sourced, with pleasant, knowledgeable staff. I had salmon and venison, and my husband ate oysters and beef. Both of us enjoyed every bite. It was a great place to finish off our New Zealand holiday. Highly recommended.

Thank Cyclonic4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very small inside but ok,service was great as was food,i had 3 boys larger was'nt that great,they need to sell speights.

Thank grubandslim
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Despite being their only guests for the evening, the waitress was polite and attentive with out being in your face. The food was rather good, with my steak cooked to my liking and my wife’s skate cooked well (new fish eating experience). Pudding was different...More

1  Thank Regs0985
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Hi Regs0985, Thank you very much for your lovely review. We were pleasure to having you on the quiet night. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! Regards, Mai

Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

A Shame... Come from France and after a long road at night time we've been refused the entrance because my son is nine... Children are forbidden under ten... Just crazy.... Dogs are better treated... FORGET THIS PLACE WITH YOUR FAMILY

12  Thank Companion790204
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Hi Jeremie, thanks for taking the time to review a restaurant you didnt dine in, you're awesome! Out of respect for other diners we dont except reservations with children under 10 years old, This is something which is pretty well documented, regards Richard

Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Dinning at the little bistro was a delight . The staff were so helpful with description of the dishes We had a power cut and the staff sprang into action to light more candles to make an Incredible atmosphere. The food was outstanding and was...More

1  Thank jmpt21
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Questions & Answers
September 13, 2017|
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Response from TLB_Akaroa | Property representative |
Hi Katers_gunna_kate out of respect for other diners the little bistro doesn't except reservations with children under the age of 10 years
December 3, 2016|
Response from Riffi_O | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I am not the restaurant. You probably can find out on their web site or by sending an email.
October 25, 2016|
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Response from TLB_Akaroa | Property representative |
Hi Carla0911, Sorry, but the little bistro will be closed from 25th to 27th December inclusive for our staff Christmas break.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $25
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-304 7314
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The Little Bistro focuses on providing sustainable, local and seasonal bistro cuisine, which highlights our connection to Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. Focusing on locally grown, organic produce.
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