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The Little Bistro

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French, European, New Zealand
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33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its small and intimate - so book. Wait staff were superb - attentive and friendly. Our wine was decanted and poured for us. The menu is limited but varied and ...oh....the food ...it's exceptional! It's a special place to go to - not really for children. Highly recommend it.

Thank globe2015
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dined as a couple. Very small eating space which adds to the atmosphere of your dinner. Quite expensive but the food was to die for!

Thank tomarps30
Akaroa, New Zealand
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179 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I reviewed this restaurant a year ago, not long after the new owners took over. I have dined here regularly during the year and want to say they are still maintaining an excellence in food preparations and tastes, wine selection and professional friendly wait staff. But wait ... there's more ... Test Kitchen on a Thursday evening ... a 3... More 

Thank Margy M
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58 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was in a word AWESOME The food, the wine, the service, even the bread! We had gnocchi & beef Bourgogne, then the Sticky Date. Nothing can be said wasn't flawless. Pricy wine list, but worth the effort Enjoy

Thank Michael M
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of our favorite restaurants to visit. My wife being French is very apprehensive when a restaurant claims to be French. But this little bistro really hits the mark. Traditional French dishes with modern creative twists, most of the produce is sourced locally. We walked past twice during the day on both occasions locals were dropping in produce to the... More 

Thank smokingbear
Fremantle, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the quaint little restaurant on their Tasting Night (Thurs). This is a three course set menu where the chef tries out different combinations of food and ideas. It was sensational. All the food is locally sourced and fresh. Bookings are essential as it is a tiny bistro

Thank Dockerlyn
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner in this cute and cosy restaurant. From first course to dessert we went from surprise to surprise, the cuisine being original yet very fine. As a Frenchman I felt a little at home and on the other hand I enjoyed a totally new experience, like only exceptional restaurants can offer. Service was also very kind.

Thank benjzh
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130 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Pretty looking little place, with great reviews, but we were distinctly underwhelmed. We booked ages in advance, but got the most cramped table you've ever seen, with wonky legs (or maybe it was the floor that was wonky - either way it was irritating) and was absolutely freezing every time the door opened. The service was rapid, but oh dear,... More 

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We shared a delicious entree of clams and bread and both ordered lamb for our main. This is a fantastic restaurant. Our waitress Tuesday was attentive and sweet. The food was excellent quality and the restaurant itself has a lovely cosy ambience. It is gourmet food with no pretence! We would happily visit again!

Thank breeerica
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Overview: Brilliant food, fantastic service, attentive waitstaff, good atmosphere. Dined here on a weekend visit to Akoroa. Couldn't have been more impressed. Food: The food came out quickly, all 3 courses were delicious (snails, venison crepes, lamb, pumpkin gnocchi and the lemon posset for dessert) and cooked to perfection. The portions arent huge but the emphasis is on quality over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $30
French, European, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 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
"...a bistro is a small restaurant serving hearty meals and wine in an unpretentious setting..." European inspired, locally sourced food cooked and served with love, plus a winelist to die for....

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?