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The Little Bistro

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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Overview
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (59 reviews)
“scallops” (46 reviews)
“sole” (26 reviews)
Closed
Hours
CUISINES
French, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Little Bistro
1. A little piece of France in NZ
"The staff are friendly and helpful. The food was excellent! "
andyrabey
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2. Great vibe, great food!
"This was such a cute spot for a reasonably priced dinner."
Lpackman18
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3. Making Love to Chocolate
" I found myself getting intimately involved "
Elizabeth G
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1 - 10 of 754 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a last-minute weekend to Akaroa when our flights to the North Island for Waitangi Weekend were cancelled, and we did not regret it! There were a number of exciting activities and cafes/restaurants on offer in Akaroa, and we had a fantastic and relaxing...More

Thank TeamBagpipe
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi TeamBagpipe, Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review! We are glad to know that you had a delightful time here in Akaroa and we were the part of your enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you again...More

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Every course we had was 5* clams in sauce delicious. .whole sole yummm..bread the wine ...superb. ..friendly staff ....only downside was the hike back up the hill to van park...full of beautiful food and wine ...make sure u stop there

Thank Candy C
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Hi Candy C Thank you for your kind words. Its a hard hike back up the hill, but im glad it was worth it. regards richard

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our fav small restaurant in the South Is. No children policy most welcome. Wine list very impressive; food even more so.

1  Thank Kiwiteacher
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Kiwiteacher, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your supportive comment on our child free policy. Look forward to seeing you again! Regards, Mai

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfection all around. Service, food and ambience was superb. I have recommended this restaurant to so many people. It is not a restaurant to take children and nor should it be. We will be back on our next trip.

Thank janinew263
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi janinew263, Thank you for your kind words, janinew263! and we greatly appreciate that you recommended us to other people! We certainly look forward to seeing you again. Regards, Mai

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you only visit one restaurant while on the South Island make it this one! I assume during the summer booking is advised but as it was a Friday in May so luckily the restaurant had a table free. I had the scallops to start,...More

Thank Julian H
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julian H, Thank you for choosing us to dine on your South Island trip, Julian H. We are glad you enjoyed our locally produced food. We hope to see you again in the future! Regards, Mai

Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

The place was packed, so not much room, but the food was superb and service even better. A little pricey but worth it.

Thank Prue B
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

Hi Prue B, Thank you for your lovely review. We are very glad you enjoyed our food and service! We look forward to seeing you again. Regards, Mai

Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Our only night in Akaroa and we chose this delightful restaurant for our evening meal. Although a little cramped, the meal was outstanding and service superb. The location on the roadside was great for people watching and had a lovely view over the common and...More

Thank Dancca2011
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Hi Dancca2011, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are glad you had a wonderful time at our wee bistro. We hope to see you again when you come back to Akaroa! Regards, Mai

Reviewed 2 April 2018

Booked for Saturday night dinner, we received 2 emails and 2 phone calls to remind us of our booking. The wait staff all wore bright, differently coloured polyester sports tops which we thought odd as this is supposed to be a finer dinning place. Wine...More

8  Thank MissYummy
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi MissYummy Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro. Normally i get quite offended and upset by low scoring reviews, but as a 3 star is one of your highest scoring reviews, ill take it as a complement. regards richard, the...More

Reviewed 20 March 2018

Very good food and a nice atmosphere. The bistro is small but a nice atmosphere and the staff were friendly. Booking probably necessary, especially at peak times.

Thank SnowGremlin
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Hi SnowGremlin, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are glad you enjoyed our food and friendly service. I hope you had a wonderful time in Akaroa. Regards, Mai

Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely dinner on arrival to Akaroa. Small friendly restaurant with quick service and nice good. On the pricier end of the spectrum.

Thank Mary D
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi Mary D, Thank you for taking time to review our wee bistro. I hope you enjoyed staying Akaroa. We look forward to seeing you again.. Regards, Mai

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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$26
Meals
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
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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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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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