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The Little Bistro

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33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
17:30 - 21:00
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Vlissingen, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Value for the money, very good place for the meal, smal card but definitely always something for everybody. Pity that you can't sit outside and we were lucky that we could come without reservation

Thank Magda-en-Jan
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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381 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The restaurant is quite little, as the name suggests so it will pay to make a reservation. The warm bread was slighty disappointing, too crumbly and dry, along with the butter being too hard to spread. I had the sole for my main which was lovely. The only odd addition was squid tentacles as a small garnish I assume. The... More 

Thank Lee S
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice wine selection, mains pretty good overall, service ok, but nothing to suggest Akaroa's top restaurant. Squid too chewy to eat, Clevdon oysters were tiny and had an off smell but edible (usually beautiful when purchased from source ). Bread was rather dry. Ho hum experience unfortunately as we had booked a while back due to popularity.

5 Thank DHC2-Man
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Hi DHC2-Man Thanks for taking the time to review our little bistro. Its a shame you didnt enjoy your experience with us. Our oysters are coming in a little bit small at the moment, and the issue has been raised with our supplier. As for there freshness, they are delivered fresh 3 times a week, from source. As for our... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were fortunate to find a reservation at this little gem, and were rewarded with a wonderful dinner. Sue had the local salmon, and I had a whole sole, perfectly cooked and ready for me to debone. It was a wonderful dinner!

Thank Traverse_Indigo
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

hi Traverse_Indigo Thank you for taking the time to review our bistro. we so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. Were pretty lucky to have such wonderful seafood in our new zealand waters. regards richard More 

Caineville, Utah
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a tiny place, 27 seats. And the food menu is quite selective in its offerings. But the service is attentive and good, and the food is excellent. We had a table at the front window, which is a nice place to sit if you have any choice. Reservations are essential every night during the summer, and book early--the... More 

Thank Judy P
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

hi Judy P Thank you for taking the time to review our wee bistro. you did well getting a window table. they are in pretty high demand. regards richard More 

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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Superb locally sourced food, presented beautifully. Service was excellent and it lived up to its name...little French bistro. Seating is tight but that's to be excused when the food is so good. Actually creates the atmosphere.

Thank janelizabeth211252
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro. Its great to read you enjoyed your experience with us. regards richard More 

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101 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fortunately we had booked a table in advance, the restaurant was full & atmosphere lively. The service was friendly & helpful & the food absolutely delicious (the "citrus pud " was wonderful!), there was an extensive, interesting wine list. We enjoyed a chat afterwards with the very welcoming proprietor. Definitely a good place to eat.

Thank Sedateskier
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Sedateskier Booking a table is always good advice. Our lemon parfait has been a huge sucess this summer, im sure it will return to our menu again soon. regards richard More 

Philadelphia, PA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely setting for a great dinner. As we are winding down our trip we decide to spend time in Akaroa. We chose dinner here and were not disappointed. It is indeed a little bistro with great ambience, good food and in keeping witty our NZ experience huge portions. It was the perfect reward after driving from Little River... More 

Thank nal54
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Hi nal54, thank you for your kind words. we hope you have alittle less eventfully drive back to christchurch. regards richard More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love eating at this restaurant, the relaxed atmosphere, the friendly helpful staff, the great wine list but at the top of the list is the wonderful food. We have eaten here many times and are never disappointed, in fact we recommend it to everyone we know. Relax, enjoy the atmosphere, talk to the people at the next table, make new... More 

Thank MrsMHawkesBay
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

thanks MrsMHawkesBay, for your kind words, its always nice to read reviews from regulars. Im sure josh and myself will cook you up a strom on your next visit. regards richard More 

Kaikoura, New Zealand
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This came well recommended. As we walked up the chefs were sitting out side smoking roll ups, the sign on the door proudly announcing they no longer took reservations for children. Once inside I could see why the tables so close together that you had to be mindful not to knock your neighbour. The menu interesting but not that impressive.... More 

7 Thank hiraethcardiff
TLB_Akaroa, Manager at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we truly apologize for your bad experience. As you mentioned, even we are not a fine dining restaurant, we believe that the service is very important and we do try our best. However, it is also quite hard to be always perfect even we are trying to do so.... More 

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?