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Cafe, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 15 March 2020

Stopped breakfast with a few mates .Service was great food was very tasty and coffee was very hot what more could you want would definitely go back

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 28 February 2020

Lovely place to stop for coffee, great freshly baked apple short cake. I'll certainly be back again.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 20 February 2020

We stopped on our way to Akaroa and were pleasantly surprised. The staff were welcoming and the cake selection was amazing. Great coffee which we consumed in the quiet garden at the rear.

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Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020

It’s on the road to Akaroa coffee is so so , I didn’t bother on the way back, oh if you are like me and prefer your coffee in a take away cup, you can’t sit and enjoy, it has to be for take away...onlyMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 8 January 2020

Being a new Little River resident, I'm so grateful for the diner. It's usually a little less full-on than it's neighbouring cafe up the road, but often that's just the ticket. Lovely green garden to sit in out the back, just far enough away from...any street noise to be relaxing. Gary and Houston's baking is top notch, and their salad sandwich is always fresh and tasty. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 30 December 2019 via mobile

The staff were friendly and the food was amazing we had 2 breakfasts and it was incredible great portions and very tasty!

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 20 November 2019 via mobile

We stopped here on our way back from Akaroa to Christchurch. This is the diner that stands alone. Not the one attached to to the gallery. We all had something to eat and the food was good! In fact our Kiwi cousin said it was...one of the top three pies he had ever eaten and for a Kiwi that is high praise indeed. The cup of tea was excellent too, with extra hot water given at point of service and offered again later. Not something that happens too often in NZ, that's for sure. Good food, great service, good prices. What's not to like. Visit.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

Many of the reviews here are complaining about prices and service but have muddled up their cafes. This IS the little place closer to Akaroa NOT the large, too busy cafe with the art gallery and the icecreams. I'm from Christchurch and stop here every...trip to and from Akaroa. Small, reasonable prices and good service here.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 28 October 2019

We stopped today for lunch while on Little River Garden Trail. We ordered a chicken burger and BLT with tea/coffee. We asked for no bread with chicken. Lady at till seemed annoyed and flustered, also could not write down Earl Grey on order! Rear seating...area could be more pleasant but grass needed cutting and litter was laying around giving impression a bit sloppy, surprising too for holiday weekend. Our order arrived with chipped teapot, minimal milk and hot water, bread with the chicken and the worst BLT ever encountered. We accepted that chef forgot about no-bread request but we complained about BLT as it was cold and a soggy mess. The Manager GREG appeared from the kitchen also flustered and aggressive,he screamed no refund and told us to get out. We were totally shocked as were other customers hearing the commotion. Be warned...this place is not customer focused and the food was awful. There is a far better cafe option just down the road! We will never set foot in that place again.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 5 October 2019

This coffee stop was very pleasant what with 3 good coffees and sharing two very original slices between the three of us. Very nice coffee and food and really looking forward to going back again - just wish that this place was close to my...home but, then again, I will look forward to a repeat experience. The Gallery was a treat with many original art works spread around what was an unexpectedly larger area, just to the right hand side as you entered from the street. The works were varied and I appreciated the quality and diverse range which was well above my budget. So a quick stop for treats turned out to be very pleasant on a cold and wet day.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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We truly share your disappointment and frustration, and can only suggest that next time you are travelling to or from Akaroa you call in ......... So sorry to hear that "they closed early" ............. it might have of... More
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Yes, Little River Diner offers takeaway services.

Little River Diner is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4