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Hilltop Tavern

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New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
+64 3-325 1005
Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Baston, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great oven fired pizzas that's what we chose . Friendly services great atmosphere locals and travellers . Good magazines , wonderful views and we didn't have to book . Great history to the place !

Thank Mark R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend a stop for a drink (cold or hot) to enjoy the view alone. With sheep sitting along the fence line was great to keep children amused, along with a swing set too. Nice deck or grass area out the back overlooking the bay below, or tables inside (nothing flash). Food was nothing special, although not sure about the... More 

Thank Peta B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ordered a coffee and a toast, was told 20 minute wait for food, no problem. The coffee was a bit bitter for my taste and not hot enough. 30 minutes later no food and people in after me had received their food. I went to check on my order was told I was next and it would be one minute,... More 

Thank Antemo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the hilltop yesterday with family from the uk, when we went inside it seemed nice chilled out vibe reggae music and cool furniture, the service was very slow, they told us it would be a 30 min wait which was fine, but after 45mins and still no food my husband queried it as everyone around us had eaten... More 

Thank Annika j
Christchurch, New Zealand
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely lunch outside looking at the fab views of the peninsula. We asked if we could take our greyhound in with us and they were happy to accommodate him. Staff were friendly and helpful. Have the fish and chips, definitely the best of the meals we ordered.

Thank Adriandcass
Akaroa, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was worried when Hilltop changed hands but was willing to give it a go. The barman had absolutely no idea what he was doing and couldn't work the till, but he was also rude and unhelpful. We wanted bar snacks or some sort of food (it was 3pm) and he offered crisps. He was surly, cold and resentful. He... More 

Thank Maryfield142
Limassol, Cyprus
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I was so excited to take my mom to hilltop tavern as I have had many great experiences there, today they seem to have had an off day, the service was average, the margarita pizza (of which the first ingredient on the board is "fresh basil") was served sans basil and when it came back with the basil it was... More 

Thank Hibiscuscat
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266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Situated at the top of the hill before you reach Akaroa, they provide a lookout where you can get a panoramic view of the area. Wasn't able to try the food but the lookout point would make it handy for those heading to and from Akaroa.

Thank acineto
Surprise, Arizona
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303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

unbelievable views of the bay below. had pizza and a beer. pizza was very good, included chili flakes, this should be put on by the customer, way too hot. my wife had a veggie pizza which was very good. crowed but server did his best to serve us. beer was very good. also offer local wines by the glass and... More 

Thank michaelbkolsky
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Lovely stop for a drink and or a pizza, friendly staff and lovely views. Must stop on the way to Akaroa

Thank Debbie G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-325 1005
The Hilltop is perched on the pass overlooking the beautiful Akaroa Harbour. Its a classic 1930s pub building with a nice front lawn to enjoy the view. We serve freshly caught fish, wood-fired pizza, steaks, slow-cooked meats, soup and a range of tapas. We also have homemade pies, sweets & pastries for those looking for a quick bite. Great fair-trade coffee & loose leaf tea. Craft beer and local, sustainable wines. Check out our websites for upcoming live music. (Open later than 9.30-pm on gig nights and weekends, depending on busyness) Please note, the Hilltop has seasonal hours: 7 days 10-late: Christmas- Easter Thur- Sun 10-late: Easter to the end of July Closed for the month of August Wed-Sun 10-late Sept-Christmas

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?