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The Trading Rooms Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
French, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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71 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7656
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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom
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300 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An excellent restaurant serving great food in lovely position in Akaroa. It has reasonably comfortable seating, and service is generally good, but can be on the leisurely side when it is busy. There is a good wine list, but the drinks are on the expensive side, as is the restaurant generally. For some reason they do not let you have... More 

Thank M G
Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On our second night in the Akaroa areawe visited the Trading Rooms. It reminded me of a film set in the Old West. The dinner was fine. Nothing to "knock your socks off" but good, large portions, friendly service and nice ambience.

Thank nal54
Buderim, Australia
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534 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have enjoyed lunch at the Trading Rooms on our last visit to Akaroa and so headed there for lunch on our recent day trip there. The green lipped mussels served in a creamy sauce were lovely and the grain bread accompanied very good. The service friendly and welcoming - a lovely place to stop to eat outside on a... More 

Thank marigoldKent
TheTradingRooms, TTRP Team at The Trading Rooms Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi marigoldKent, Thank you so much for your comment. It's always been our pleasure to give our customers a good meal and customer service experience. See you again next time! Cheers. The Trading Rooms Team More 

Vienna, Virginia
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a tour of Banks Peninsula, we stopped at Akaroa for a cruise of the harbor and needed lunch before the cruise left. After walking the waterfront, we settled on Trading Rooms Restaurant. We weren't expecting much but were quite pleased with the quality of the food.

Thank Silverstreak46
TheTradingRooms, General Manager at The Trading Rooms Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Silverstreak46, Thank you for your comment and for having us as part of your Akaroa experience. Hope to see you again next time. Kind regards More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Akaroa again after 2 years. Our last visited included a dinner at Trading Rooms. We were excited to return... Unfortunately our starters of green lipped mussels and the seafood chowder both disappointed. My wife's seafood chowder contained a rubbery fish - possibly octopus and her prawns were barely cooked at all. The green lipped mussels despite being served in... More 

Thank krispa_eighty
TheTradingRooms, General Manager at The Trading Rooms Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear krispa_eighty,

 Your comment is indeed very derogatory and very exaggerated.

 Firstly, we sincerely apologise about your experience. But we are not here to poison any of our customers at all, so your accusation and or suspicion in your comment subject is quite too mean and not fair specially that our wait staff have checked on your table and you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in after getting off our cruise ship to plan our day. The flat white served in a bowl was very good and the blueberry muffin was fresh and fantastic. A perfect start to our visit of Akaroa.

Thank Dan H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A family meet up in Akaroa for a holiday. Went to the Trading Rooms for dinner. The staff were not at all friendly, and our meal order was wrong! Food was okay, a long wait, very pricey and not much of it! A beautiful restaurant and outside seating, but the food let it down.

Thank robertmansfield
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In general, one of our pet peeves of eating anywhere in New Zealand (not cheap, take away type joints, or fish and chip stores, but sit-in restaurants) is that, at least in Christchurch and all over South Island, the food is exorbitantly priced when yo consider how small they offer by way of portion sizes. As a result, almost in... More 

Thank Arin B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived towards the end of service and agreed to dine from a limited menu of either choice of burgers or fish of the day. We placed our order for drinks and food. The drinks order was misunderstood by the wait person - she didn't make the connection between our order and the number of people dining, so some of... More 

Thank plum_persey
Durham, United Kingdom
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have visited this place a few times now and really enjoyed this. The view is great and the service good. It is a good place for a drink, coffee or food.

Thank debbie d

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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
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
French, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-304 7656
Exciting modern cooking, fine wine selection, beautiful sunset harbour views from the terrace. The Trading Rooms is a timeless historic venue, perfect for your special occasion.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?