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Leinster Rd. Bistro

€€ - €€€, European,
158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-355 3055
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“risotto” (8 reviews)
“pork belly” (7 reviews)
“steak” (7 reviews)
Closed Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Looking for a restaurant to take our visitors for dinner we were very happy with our choice. The restaurant was not full and we appreciated the quiet, relaxed atmosphere in their pleasant surroundings. Great to be able to talk without having to raise your voice...More

Thank Barry5252
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time I fly to Christchurch I catch up with a very dear friend of mine. She always ensures that we visit a different restaurant. This month was the Leinster Rd Bistro. What lovely ambience and the staff are very receptive to you arriving early....More

Thank Christine B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a nice lunch here with friends, it wasn't busy and the atmosphere was pleasant. The food was good, but not exceptional. Average prices for ChCh. I would visit again.

Thank philippagoile
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Came here or a family dinner too celebrate a Birthday. First impressions are excellent. Quietly understated setting and somewhere you can have a conversation and the background noise is subdued and unobtrusive. I was very happy with my meal - pork belly and dessert. My...More

Thank chchgecko
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

4 sisters & partners attended dinner here and have to say it was pretty ordinary. The pork belly was fatty to extreme and whilst tender was not tasty. The winter salad looked colourful and reported tasty. The steaks looked good although it was clear that...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a restaurant with a more mature clientele, in our twenties and thirties we were the youngest there by quiet a stretch. Started with the olives, which were very bizarre, some were hot and some cold, like they had been badly microwaved. I...More

Thank e_maccars
Reviewed 25 March 2017

My neighbours took us here for dinner, so I rang up and pre-warned them I was a vegan, and on the night they asked my tastes. They made this absolutely delicious Morrocan style ragout, as I said I liked seriously hot and dry. Next time...More

Thank Fiona D
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We have being going to the restaurant for years.... we know that it is either hit or miss. Unfortunately tonight it was a major miss. The fish smelt very old and extra "fishy". They were quite rude when we told them reluctantly the for food...More

Thank Holly J
Management response:Responded 14 March 2017

I remember the table, the customer with the fish had dairy free requirements. This being the case the groper was cooked in oil, as opposed to butter. This would be the cause of the fish being oily and strongly flavored. The fish was fresh groper...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were hoping for a really great time here. Our last night on the South Island. The bistro was recommended by our hosts so we felt it would be great. Just about everything except our server was average. Again there was calamari on the menu...More

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Visit quite regularly for either coffee or lunch. Good for a conversation as tables/booths are well spaced apart.

Thank Sunshine77UC
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:30
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-355 3055
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