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The Little Bistro

€€€€French, European,
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
French, European, New Zealand, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
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LOCATION
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 698 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

I needed a special place to celebrate a very important event and The Little Bistro was just perfect. We decided to try the oysters which turned out to be so good we ordered 3 dozen in fact the chef prepared them just how we like...More

Thank Jamie S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Looked to be popular with the locals. Service was quite slow as I imagine the kitchen has a small staff. Local littleneck clams served with saffron cream which was different. Also tried the olives, the roast chicken and the green salad with blue cheese and...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you don’t like being close to others not the place to go a nice meal staff freindly fast service food good

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 6 days ago

How much pleasure can one woman get from eating dinner alone. A lot apparently! This was my second time dining at The Little Bistro, tonight though was a treat for my birthday which I decided to treat myself to a dinner for one. This evening...More

Thank Elizabeth G
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your Kind words Elizabeth G. Josh is the man behind the scenes and rarely gets the recognition he deserves. Welcome to the village, and we hope to see you again soon. regards richard

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had wondered how to visit this restaurant as they are normally open for dinner only, but while in Akaroa for the 'French Fest', we found the doors open at lunchtime and were lucky enough to get a table. Starters looked so intriguing we opted...More

Thank Ceridwen888
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us for lunch over Frenchfest weekend. This was our "dry-run" for lunches in January, the first time for us. And judging by your review the dishes were a great success. regards richard

Reviewed 1 week ago

My girfriend and I ate here in winter of 2017. The town was very quiet, but the restaurant was booked solid, so that's always an encouraging sign. Looking at the menu, I was a bit disappointed as I couldn't find anything to tickle my fancy....More

Thank Andrew M
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Andrew M Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro. Were so glad to read that you enjoyed your winters evening with us, the beef bourguignon has now left the menu, due to its popularity it will be back next year....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleased to score a table by the window. Dining early meant we finished as the restaurant started to fill - it has been well stated that tables are close together. Our chosen mains were the venison and the chicken dishes, both tastefully presented,...More

1  Thank Gavin6114
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Gavin6114 Thank you for taking the time to review our bistro. Were so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. The chicken main course is one of our favorites, i think it will be staying on the menu for quite sometime. The mood lighting...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal, a couple of firsts for us 1. Soufflé light and cheesey with a beautiful sauce 2. Kale who knew I'd actually enjoy it, combined with the tasty venison and sauce magnificent. Service was great. Highly recommended this restaurant.

Thank 313ranat
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi 313ranat Happy Anniversary, and thank you for taking time to review our little bistro. Were so glad you enjoyed your evening, even the Kale. regards richard

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful meal, cosy setting, excellent service. We both had the sole - beautifully done. Service was excellent and the setting was warm and intimate. Menu was interesting and varied. Recommended.

Thank David W
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi David W Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro. You cant really go wrong with frsh whole sole.. regards richard

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

The Little Bistro is amazing! The Chef knows what types of food compliments each other and always has a delicious menu! I think some diners do not understand the Little Bistro and how the menu works. You can't change the menu and take this off...More

Thank Kerry M
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Hi Kerry M, It was great to see you on Saturday, were so glad you managed to get a night away from the rugrats. One of the hardest challenges we face to trying to explain to customers that our produce is locally grown, and were...More

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Katers_gunna_kate
13 September 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
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FallonA85
3 December 2016|
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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.
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Carla0911
26 October 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6 - US$27
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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