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The Little Bistro

) #1 of 25 Restaurants in Akaroa $$$$ French, European,
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scallops” (41 reviews)
“veal” (8 reviews)
“sole” (21 reviews)
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CUISINES
French, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Service
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Value
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LOCATION
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 681 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 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 30 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
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

So my husband and I ate here last night. We had been here before so knew the food was good..but, I had the Beetroot soup with horseradish. With the only flavour being the horseradish and the consistency being gloop it was a big no from...More

5  Thank teddybear2009
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

Hi teddybear2009 Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro, again. Usually when reviews write "we will never return" we dont expect them to return. Anyway, we look forward to disapointing you again next Easter. Regards Richard

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The mains would have benefited from some veg; there weren't even and sides on offer on the menu. My sole had a huge serving of average roasted potatoes but no other veg. Bit disappointed after the reviews I'd read. Having said that, the tomato soup...More

6  Thank sandier1965
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FallonA85
Hi there are you open on January 1st to 3rd? Thanks..
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
Hello Little Bistro, just wanted to check if you are open on Christmas Day? Thanks, Carla
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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bsuchai
Hi, I am planning to visit around mid December. Is it necessary to make a reservation for dinner? or I can just simply walk-in? Thanks
7 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$7 - US$28
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
"...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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