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The Little Bistro

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33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is at the edge of town, looking across the cricket pitch to the sea. Tables are rather close, so don't expect to have a private conversation. Online booking is easy, ask for a window seat. Just two staff were waiting the packed tables, but they were brilliant - friendly, efficient and attentive. The food was excellent and beautifully... More 

Thank Jacntone
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very lovely little restaurant...very small and quaint. Definitely book in advance, as it gets very busy. Food was delicious!

Thank Amandeeplehal
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a fabulous meal with friends at Little Bistro, great food, service & ambience. We'll definitely be back!

Thank Neil P
Saint Louis, Missouri
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant definitely feels French, in keeping with the history of lovely Akaroa. The food was good but maybe not great. I would say the charm of the place makes up for it. Recommend.

Thank Riffi_O
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this restaurant in anticipation of a wonderful meal from what we had read on this review site and from experience from family members. What we found was a small, cramped restaurant with wait staff that were nice but clearly inexperienced and a menu with prices through the roof and food that could not be changed. My partner... More 

1 Thank olihazell21
Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you olihazell21, for taking the time to review our little bistro. Its disappointing that you didnt actually stay to enjoy our fine fare, im not quite sure how you came to the conclusion that our food is overpriced considering you didn't dine. Our front of house team have been with us for over 18 months, what they lack in... More 

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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a splendid restaurant and a great find in Akaroa. You do need to book as it gets very busy but the quality of the food and the service are of a standard that goes way beyond what you would expect in such a small town. Prices are not extravagant given the quality, and there is a good selection... More 

Thank Aldridgewatcher
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best lamb I've ever eaten!!! Tender and flavourful!!! :) The salmon was very fresh but honestly lacking a bit of flavour (perhaps compared to the exquisite lamb and potato terrine which made my tastebuds flip for joy) I would go back just for the lamb! I also really enjoyed the creme brulee, very creamy and beautifully presented. We had an... More 

Thank SAgurl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiny little restaurant with great service, food from the various regions in NZ. Recommend booking if you can because it is so small. Food was great, I had the seafood which was lovely and fresh. My husband had the lamb which was also yummy.

Thank D_R_SydneyAU
Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us and because of its size you have to book. Makes room for only 10 tables and really tight fit. Would be far more enjoyable with far less tables and more room for diners. Menu had changed and disappointed us. Felt too crammed in and didn't enjoy our dinner. Better options elsewhere in Akaroa.

2 Thank Wally O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A cosy restaurant, with great local ingredients and a terrific wine list. Great food and good service.

Thank Aussiegirl22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $28
French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
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
"...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?