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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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My neighbours took us here for dinner, so I rang up and pre-warned them I was a vegan, and on the night they asked my tastes. They made this absolutely delicious Morrocan style ragout, as I said I liked seriously hot and dry. Next time I will ask for much hotter, but it was still lovely. They looked after my... More 

Thank Fiona D
London, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have being going to the restaurant for years.... we know that it is either hit or miss. Unfortunately tonight it was a major miss. The fish smelt very old and extra "fishy". They were quite rude when we told them reluctantly the for food was uneatable. They brought out a leaf salad and still charged us for both. If... More 

Thank Holly J
Management response:

I remember the table, the customer with the fish had dairy free requirements. This being the case the groper was cooked in oil, as opposed to butter. This would be the cause of the fish being oily and strongly flavored. The fish was fresh groper which we have been selling plenty. We provided a garden salad free of charge. we... More 

Spokane, Washington
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438 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were hoping for a really great time here. Our last night on the South Island. The bistro was recommended by our hosts so we felt it would be great. Just about everything except our server was average. Again there was calamari on the menu so I had to try it. Sautéed with chorizo, I was expecting a nice snap... More 

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Visit quite regularly for either coffee or lunch. Good for a conversation as tables/booths are well spaced apart.

Thank SharonDH25
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Everyone enjoyed their food, which was beautifully prepared and presented. Service was good, and there was an interesting varied selection on the menu. It was rather expensive, and limited opening hours mean we won't be able to return as often as we would like, but we will return.

Thank lesleyk72
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Walked into a relaxing, quiet and spacious restaurant. Sat in a large and comfortable booth. We had an assortment of entrees to share and they were amazing. The croquettes were divine. There was also some delicious tarts and dumplings. The kumara chips were light, tasty and crunchy. For my main, I had the salmon with feta ravioli and beetroot. The... More 

Thank coopsyBarmera
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Would have to be one of the best restaurants I have been to in a while. Excellent service, quiet atmosphere and absolutely superb food. Do yourself a favour ( and your taste buds ) and go!

Thank Erica H
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

A. Dry good night, the service, waitress from France was very good, she was there when required, helpful as well. The food was excellent, I had squid as entree, main was the fish of the day, so nice and prices were good.

Thank David Q
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We had a family dinner here - 17 of us ranging from 8 to 80. Everyone enjoyed their evening . The service was excellent, staff friendly & the food delicious. Definitely be back.

Thank Y2699AYjuliam
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Lovely ambiance, could talk without lots of background noise and the food was delicious. Wine selection had one of my favourite wines (at a good price). The Groper was superb.

Thank kerryh164

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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
Groups, Child-friendly
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?