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The Little Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
French, European, New Zealand
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33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Small and friendly, real french atmosphere and an excellent meal. The staff were knowledgeable. and the food neuvoux style but not so small.

Thank Wally Z
Nyack, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A really fantastic meal. Not cheep but if you can afford it, and you like food, than it is a must! To quote the BFG "scumdidlyumpthois"

Thank a e
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely cosy restaurant. Good food and wine and excellent service. Highly recommended are the oysters and the local Riesling.

Thank GerlaB
Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Three couples away for a weekend in Akaroa and we were lucky to secure a late table into the Little Bistro. The dinner wine and the company was exceptional and thoroughly enjoyed by us all. Only issue was, when we arrived a table of 6 ladies were eating and all were talking at once which made it extremely difficult to... More 

Thank PMcCrea
Tauranga, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful food and wine presented in a most professional way in a very small and intimate setting . Fish dishes superb .

Thank TandC111
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Important to note the word 'little' in the restaurant name is literal as this restaurant is tiny. Was a squeeze between tables to even get to the toilet (nowhere to even put a handbag, not even a hook behind the door). I am pleased to see online that there has been some adjustments to the menu since we were there... More 

1 Thank odette858
Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Hi odette858, Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate all customer feedback. Your right we don't have tomato ketchup and after the 4th time of demanding it, surprisingly we still don't. Were not to everyones tastes, having sold over 2000 sole in the last 12 weeks, and not one complaint, ill take your review with a... More 

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family of four (both kids 10+ which is required) enjoyed a delicious meal in this small but impressive restaurant. Snails and scallops for entrees, Beef, Lamb and Salmon for mains. All were well cooked with beautiful flavours. We didn't need desert but managed to share two between the four of us. I recommend the TLB Mess!

Thank streettravellers
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small old building with character and space for only twenty-six diners. Children are not permitted. The floors are bare, the furniture simple, the flavour very Parisian. Perhaps because of the ban on children, the noise level was not bothersome. There was an extensive list of excellent wines. For the entrée, we had scallops and black pudding. This... More 

1 Thank RobDavisCanterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small and popular restaurant, make sure you book in advance. We had bread and olives for starters (we couldn't eat them all as we needed room for the other courses). Both were tasty and generous in size. I had the salmon main and my partner had the lamb. Both meals were excellent. We had creme brulee for... More 

Thank michellehE7104PB
Durham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were late arriving at Akaroa and by chance found this charming Bistro. The food was of good quality and the service excellent. Would love to visit again and would recommend.

1 Thank joho1234

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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$28
French, European, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
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
"...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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?