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The Little Bistro

₹₹₹₹French, European,
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7314
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“scallops” (43 reviews)
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French, European, New Zealand, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We booked The Little Bistro for dinner on a Friday. We have eaten here often when in Akaroa. I fear the restaurant is now surviving on past glories. There was nothing special about the atmosphere or food. I had the 1st course of oysters Kilpatrick...More

3  Thank DavidBrittain
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Really DavidBrittain? Surviving on past glories? I missed the birth of my son on Friday evening to honor your dinner reservation. I would definatly not hurry back if i were you!! regards richard

Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved this place, quality food, fine wine and friendly service. All courses were superb, wonderful fresh ingredients, well matched flavours and superbly presented. Could not fault this place, excellent!!

Thank mantramoreholidays
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great food...even the whole fish was tasty after getting instructions on how to eat it! Loved the “real food” aspect of the Bistro!

Thank ldwmom29
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food cooked with local ingredients by passionate chefs. We dined at this intimate and friendly restaurant on our honeymoon and were impressed with every aspect. We started with the oysters which were very fresh then moved to the wild rabbit terrine followed by the...More

Thank 879aaronp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is an absolute gem. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the waiting staff just the right levelof attentive and the food was stunning. We had lovely clams and scallops to start (I don't usually like scallops but these were very, very good) and...More

Thank drbruce90
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my son and we both had excellent food. I enjoyed Cleveland Coast oysters with a glass of Moët followed by clams. My son’s scallops were delicious. Our pork and chicken mains were both delicious. Very good wine list with some good by the...More

Thank kentdg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice intimate atmosphere, loud yet cosy. Rabbit pate, bread and cob loaf delish. Not sure about 3 scallops for $22, they were very tasty though. 2005 Pegasus Bay Cab Sav very nice.

Thank GR8Dane2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small and intimate we were warmly welcomed. There were only 2 tables free making me think we had booked the right place. First up, oysters. A little on the small size but very tasty. Rabbit terrine was just right. The pork rack was perfectly cooked....More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had dinner here during the recent Labour weekend and both the quality of food and wine and the service were exceptional. We had eaten (or in some cases tried to eat) at other restaurants in Akaroa and this one stands out a country mile...More

Thank AucklandStephen
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Not a happy experience Plenty of other nice places in Akaroa to spend my money Totally overrated won't be coming back here

7  Thank fabtobe50
TLB_Akaroa, Owner at The Little Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Hi fabtobe50 You put alot of effort into writing that review, well done. regards richard

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13 September 2017|
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Response from TLB_Akaroa | Property representative |
Hi Katers_gunna_kate out of respect for other diners the little bistro doesn't except reservations with children under the age of 10 years
3 December 2016|
Response from Riffi_O | Reviewed this property |
Hello. I am not the restaurant. You probably can find out on their web site or by sending an email.
26 October 2016|
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Response from TLB_Akaroa | Property representative |
Hi Carla0911, Sorry, but the little bistro will be closed from 25th to 27th December inclusive for our staff Christmas break.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 26
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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
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The Little Bistro focuses on providing sustainable, local and seasonal bistro cuisine, which highlights our connection to Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. Focusing on locally grown, organic produce.
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