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The Little Bistro

) #1 of 25 Restaurants in Akaroa €€€€ French, European,
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“scallops” (41 reviews)
“sole” (21 reviews)
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French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 683 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is one of the best in Canterbury and worth a visit from Christchurch. Beautiful wine and food match. Love it!

Thank kayteedee50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want exceptional food, wine and an adult only dining experience this is the place! The food is so exceptional and the wine list extensive. When in akaroa we already make sure to pop in for dinner

Thank Tania870
Reviewed 25 May 2017

We were recommended the Little Bistro restaurant by our B and B hosts and we were lucky to be able to get a table without a reservation. It is a small restaurant with only 26 places on the main street of Akaroa and the tables...More

1  Thank Sheilambutcher
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Fine dining at its best in a relaxed setting.I would recommend the scallops, beef and creme brûlée. A must if visiting Akaora and I would book ahead as the restaurant is small.

Thank OliviaJarvispug
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

A mid week visit to this tiny bistro, we were told by the chatty chef that we were brave not having a reservation, which at the time seamed odd as it was nearly empty, how wrong we were, within 15 minutes the place was packed,...More

1  Thank smokingbear
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

A wonderful dining experience! Loved the child-free atmosphere and it was the perfect environment for a dinner and drink with extended family. The food was so gourmet, the selection of wine was to my taste. I'll note that the food was a bit pricey because...More

1  Thank Cathryn L
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

We had selected this restaurant for our first dinner in New Zealand. After many hours in the airplane, we were looking forward to having dinner in a restaurant... For the first time in our life, the chief refuse us because child is not authorised to...More

7  Thank Ranygentes
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Hi Ranygentes Thank you for taking the time to review the little bistro, aka little place for adults. Out of respect for other dinners we dont except reservations with children under the age of 10 years. Your arrogance in demanding to speak to the owner,...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

The little bistro is tiny inside so you do need to book in advance to get ensure you get a table. It is well worth the effort as all aspects of the menu are an outstanding example of local meat and produce lovingly prepared and...More

Thank BringOnTheFun
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

We booked this restaurant for the last night of our 3 week holiday in NZ & were not disappointed. I had the venison because I had seen a lot of marketing about NZ venison. It was well cooked, medium rare & the truffle crepes were...More

Thank Mei Lin F
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Not wanting a great deal to eat we both had ham hock terrine followed, in my case by pork cutlet which was cooked to my taste. My wife had a second starter goats cheese with walnuts. We enjoyed both the food and the service. Cloudy...More

Thank Fisbis12
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Questions & Answers
3 December 2016|
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.
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.
6 September 2016|
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Response from TLB_Akaroa | Property representative |
hi bsuchai, i think everyone has already answered the question for you. We always recommend making a booking. you can book directly on our website regards richard uttley the little bistro
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$29
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
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
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"...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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