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The Little Bistro

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French, European, New Zealand
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33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Sydney
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Aware of this restaurant's reputation, we made our reservation in November 2016 for dinner during our stay in January 2017. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were taken to a table at the very back of the cramped dining area, only centimeters from the toilet door. When we asked to move to a vacant table closer to the front,... More 

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

Hi David M Thank you for taking the time to hate our little bistro so much, the curse of the notorious toilet table strikes again. Making a reservation 7 weeks out is good planning, but there are those who are well ahead of you, some up to 6 months in advanced. Casual staff, children (over the age of 10 years),... More 

Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Coming from Sydney, we found much of the food in NZ expensive and some of it overpriced. Definitely not so here! Beautiful French inspired food with local produce, plenty of choice, perfect portion size, good wine list and great service. A view of the harbour if you're lucky enough to have a table by the window. Booking required and well... More 

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Thank Catherine M
Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

thanks for your kind works, were very lucky to have such amazing produce on our door step. Hopefully you can make the hop over the ditch again soon. regards richard More 

Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful food, reasonable wine list and good service. Pricey, as is everything in Akaroa, but worthy of the dining experience. Advise to book ahead.

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

hi ToHappyTravellers, thanks for the kind words, were glad you enjoyed your time with us. regards richard More 

Wellington, Somerset
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103 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very friendly and accommodating, yes it is small but when we were there it did not feel crowded. Excellent food complemented by the wines. Lovely views, too.

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank Wally Z
Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

hi Wally Z Thank you for taking the time to review our wee bistro. regards richard More 

Nyack, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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"

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Thank a e
Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

hi a e We think your we the best customers on the south island. Glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. regards richard More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

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

Hi GerlaB thank you for your kind review. Meniscus riesling is a pretty awesome wine, were so lucky to have such great producers on our doorstep. regards richard More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Hi PMcCrea It was great to meet you all. Its great to much such a lovely bunch of people who are as passionate about local produce as we are. regards richard More 

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 1 week ago

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

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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2 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 28
Cuisine
French, European, New Zealand
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?