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The Little Bistro

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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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Yorkshire
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89 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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Philadelphia, PA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 

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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 5 days ago NEW

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 

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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3 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 

London
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Despite being highly recommended, our dining experience at The Little Bistro was disappointing, mostly because of the service and overall attitude. While the food was good, it was overshadowed by what felt like a hurried, disinterested, novice staff. The welcome was cool, the pacing far too fast, the wine recommendations poor. Perhaps our experience was tainted by the absolutely superb... More 

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

Hi JJMinUK Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro. We sorry to read that we didnt meet your expectations. Our front of house team are all very experienced and ill be looking into the service you received, its not the norm for us. Regards Richard More 

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

When we arrived the place was full and buzzing. The service was prompt and friendly, the wine waiter (from Scotland) was excellent and really knew the wines, and the Food - OMG. It was so good, beautifully presented and flavoursome. I can't wait to go back.

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

Hi nana_jackson Thank you for such kind words, its great to hear you enjoyed your evening with us. Were very lucky to have such knowledgeable staff members on had, after knowing our cheeky scotsman for nearly 20 years, i still haven't worked out if its passion for wine or he's a raving alcoholic. regards richard More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little Bistro, offering superb food in a relaxed and welcoming environment. We had 3 courses, all absolutely delicious but the rhubarb mess to finish was just amazing. Friendly staff, great service and gorgeous food. It's easy to see why The Little Bistro is packed out every night. Loved it.

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

Hi Pinchens thank you for taking the time to review the bistro. the secret to the rhubarb mess, is fresh organic rhubarb grown by Silkie. From great produce comes great food. regards richard More 

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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great dinner, salmon and lamb, and the ambience was superb. It felt like that tiny little bisto in Paris but with so much better food.

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

Hi AlexMeester Thanks for your kind words, please dont tell the those paris bistro owners that our food is better, they will never let me eat there again. regards richard More 

Christchurch
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was excellent and food was fantastic. Place was almost full when we arrived, but we still got good service. Waiter new his wines.

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

Hi larknz, Thank you for taking the time to review our little bistro, we so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Our cheeky Scottish waiter should know his wines, he is infact a sommelier visiting from a rather prestigious restaurant in Portugal, its a pleasure having him onboard for the summer. regards richard More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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108 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we booked for dinner we were only given a choice of either 6pm or 8.30pm, we opted for 6pm although this was earlier than we would have preferred. The restaurant was busy when we arrived, having said that it's very small & also a bit cramped, too many tables, we were jammed in a corner. The food service was... More 

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3 Thank kim B
Richard_Uttley, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this review

Hi kim B Thanks for taking the time to review our little bistro. It pays to book in advance, as mentioned when you booked in the afternoon, we only had 2 tables left for the evening, and for your 6pm table it would be required back for an 8pm reservation. Out of our 11 tables, 6 are in corners. when... 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, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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?