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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
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Sun 10:00 - 15:30
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

Went to this Bistro for my birthday with my husband and two adult children and had the most enjoyable night with family. I total new experience for my son who is use to the overloaded plates of carbs at the Lone Star and he was a little frieghten that he was not going to be full after he saw his... More 

Thank 16Tania16
Brisbane, Australia
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Opposite St George's Hospital and adjacent to Merivale Mall this Bistro is easy to find for first time city visitors like us. The decor was pleasant and lovely bright paintings added to the bistro atmosphere as did the comfortable seating which encouraged you to linger. Four of us ate a variety of food from the menu - entrees of oysters... More 

Thank patmary68
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Certainly pleasant but not a top spot or a surprise. Steak was over-cooked and fatty, venison was great as were chips. Wine was a bit over-priced for its quality.

Thank PeterNewfarm
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193 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

We came here because it was close to our hotel, and boy, what a treat. We all tried something different. Meals came in large bowls, and everyone was pleased. I see most other reviews were excellent, so just add my vote

Thank FloridaFelix
Christchurch, New Zealand
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99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2015

I was looking forward to a celebratory lunch with friends, but came away feeling a little let down. It's a comfortable, attractive setting, especially if you like large, brilliantly painted pictures on the wall, and while the staff gave a warm welcome and the menu looked interesting and comprehensive, the meal itself was a little disappointing. Several of us ordered... More 

Thank Murray L
Wellington, New Zealand
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

We were staying in Merivale so decided to wander down to Leinster Rd Bistro. We had no expectations but were delightfully surprised. I had the duck parfait, then the venison and brulee to finish. Everything was absolutely delicious. The venison was so tender I just about didn't have to chew. When next in Christchurch we will definitely be returning.

Thank Nurse1955
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2015

Had two courses entrée was crispy squid, well I have had a lot of squid before it is a favourite of mine, saying that I have never had anything like this I really don't know if they tried hard to achieve this dish I would have thought it would be easy to replicate this at home this is how I... More 

Thank Chris L
Christchurch, New Zealand
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59 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

Good - service friendly and efficient, comfy seats, booths that seat up to 5-6, meat beautifully cooked, good choice on menu with separate list of specials. Average - lack of veges/salad that come with main - had to order side of salad(which was more a coleslaw) and bowl of chips being the only potato option Didn't like parts of décor... More 

Thank kiwigreenman
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

The seating restaurant is well spaced and the environment relaxed. It is not too noisy and so is a good place for an evening with friends to be able to talk. The service was excellent with attentive staff. The food was good and presented well. I will return.

Thank ChChtravellvr
Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2014

You can always find a seat here & thought a perfect stop for a quick eat before attending a meeting. Wait staff very attentive. Ordered the bacon & corn soup - fast & light for a long evening ahead of tedium. The bacon was not cooked!! chopped up and was obviously cooked when the soup was heating. You had the... More 

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