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Leinster Rd. Bistro

€€ - €€€
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-355 3055
08:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 15:30
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Spokane, Washington
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418 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 so I had to try it. Sautéed with chorizo, I was expecting a nice snap... More 

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank SharonDH25
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone enjoyed their food, which was beautifully prepared and presented. Service was good, and there was an interesting varied selection on the menu. It was rather expensive, and limited opening hours mean we won't be able to return as often as we would like, but we will return.

Thank lesleyk72
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Walked into a relaxing, quiet and spacious restaurant. Sat in a large and comfortable booth. We had an assortment of entrees to share and they were amazing. The croquettes were divine. There was also some delicious tarts and dumplings. The kumara chips were light, tasty and crunchy. For my main, I had the salmon with feta ravioli and beetroot. The... More 

Thank coopsyBarmera
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Would have to be one of the best restaurants I have been to in a while. Excellent service, quiet atmosphere and absolutely superb food. Do yourself a favour ( and your taste buds ) and go!

Thank Erica H
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

A. Dry good night, the service, waitress from France was very good, she was there when required, helpful as well. The food was excellent, I had squid as entree, main was the fish of the day, so nice and prices were good.

Thank David Q
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We had a family dinner here - 17 of us ranging from 8 to 80. Everyone enjoyed their evening . The service was excellent, staff friendly & the food delicious. Definitely be back.

Thank Y2699AYjuliam
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Lovely ambiance, could talk without lots of background noise and the food was delicious. Wine selection had one of my favourite wines (at a good price). The Groper was superb.

Thank kerryh164
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Nice casual dining experience. Large sunny windows and lovely painted decor on the walls. I went for a light lunch of soup, coffee and dessert. All were very well prepared, especially the creme brulee'. The waitresses checked on me frequently and were prompt to attend to my requests. They also filled in for each other when one was busy. There... More 

Thank Robin D
Christchurch, New Zealand
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113 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Were invited to lunch and found service and food wanting. I had the Bacon Bagel and it was tough like it was last weeks. The bacon was hard and over cooked and overall very disappointing. The meals only saving grace was the bowl of fries which were hot and well cooked. No more lunches for me there.

Thank Steve M

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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
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?