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The Little Bistro

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (57 reviews)
“scallops” (40 reviews)
“sole” (22 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, European, New Zealand, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 708 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice intimate atmosphere, loud yet cosy. Rabbit pate, bread and cob loaf delish. Not sure about 3 scallops for $22, they were very tasty though. 2005 Pegasus Bay Cab Sav very nice.

Thank GR8Dane2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small and intimate we were warmly welcomed. There were only 2 tables free making me think we had booked the right place. First up, oysters. A little on the small size but very tasty. Rabbit terrine was just right. The pork rack was perfectly cooked....More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here during the recent Labour weekend and both the quality of food and wine and the service were exceptional. We had eaten (or in some cases tried to eat) at other restaurants in Akaroa and this one stands out a country mile...More

Thank AucklandStephen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a happy experience Plenty of other nice places in Akaroa to spend my money Totally overrated won't be coming back here

4  Thank fabtobe50
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi fabtobe50 You put alot of effort into writing that review, well done. regards richard

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Akaroa from Australia for the French Festival and had heard about this place. Unfortunately they were fully booked for dinner, but we were able to have coffee and dessert there after the Cabaret. The interior is very small and crowded with diners,...More

Thank FAF10
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks FAF10, glad you enjoyed frenchfest and a=our desserts. regards richard

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

When I stay in Akaroa, I always have fabulous dinner at The Little Bistro. Always same service & food quality. Definitely come back and number 1 recommendation in Akaroa.More

Thank dreamnz1210
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your kind words dreamnz1210, Seven years the bistro has now sat at number 1 on Tripadvisor. Which at times has been a challenge to maintain a good level of food and service, and we havent always been able to please everyone. We stick...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is very chic and warm. Ambience is great and makes people feel close. We ordered slow roasted chicken for the 3rd course and devoured everything in 5 mins!!

Thank mzh602
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

hi mzh602 5 minutes to get through the chicken main course? at 400g of chicken, thats quite impressive. regards richard

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tried this restaurant after reading reviews. However was a little disappointed had clams & scopes as a entree they were cold but tasty, Chicken for main OK and Sakmon for main a but dry but OK

3  Thank Robert-Diane H
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Robert-Diane H Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro. cold and ok food are not words we hear very often, prehaps if you had said something on the evening we could have done something about it. regards richard

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Akaroa is small and its dining choices limited. The Little Bistro stands out as a charming little restaurant that offers a warm welcome and serves good food with a French accent. We enjoyed our dinner here and were very pleased to discover the place, which...More

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi SanFranciscoGuy634 Thank you for your kind words. We are pretty hard to miss, with our giant signs. Were glad to read you enjoyed your evening, enjoy your new zealand travels. regards richard

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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
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
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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