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The Little Bistro

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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
US$6 - US$24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
French, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Fusion
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 21 May 2022 via mobile

I was a little surprised that such a small restaurant could produce some of the best food I've ever eaten! Tuna was fish of the day and absolutely fantastic.... I saw the menu appeared small, but everything was perfect! And also the wine I paired...with the tuna was great! Thanks to Alistair (I think was his name) we were completely impressed with all aspects of dinner... A definite repeat customer here!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 29 April 2022 via mobile

Stunning meal in all regards. Presentation, taste and textures. Will definitely return… truly memorable.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 29 April 2022 via mobile

Quite simply, the food was divine. Our friends had the salmon entree and she said that it’s the best thing she has ever eaten. Three of us had their signature dish, the eye fillet and they were all superb. Beautifully cooked and seasoned to perfection....You have to come to this special little place in AkaroaMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 22 April 2022

You need to add this restaurant to your meal itinerary. Food and service was outstanding. An absolute amazing evening. FHY the cheese toast and honey dessert is a must.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 21 April 2022 via mobile

What a great place ….. Great food…. Very knowledgeable FOH on both the food but especially the Wine and They have an excellent selection🍷 Definitely a place that we will return to!

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 8 April 2022

The little Bistro gave us the best dining experience for some years. Previously our best meal out was 25 years ago in Milan, Italy. The Little Bistro takes the lead now. The food was perfectly cooked and the taste was sensational. As with any dining...experience it is the people that make it special and the older man looking after the dining room was as perfect as the Canterbury lamb. He knew his stuff and was clearly a hands-on and seasoned restaurateur. The special person of the evening was the young lady that was responsible for the wine list which features the best of the Canterbury Region. She was knowledgeable and has a palate for quality and interesting wines. The three staff that we spoke with, including the fellow in the kitchen who was giving himself a break outside as we left, were engaging and lovely people.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 25 March 2022 via mobile

The menu was mouth watering and we we were not disappointed. Wow. Unique flavours including the starter of duck ( it wasn’t mousse but I can’t remember the fancy name) profiteroles and main meal which was accompanied by blue cheese stuffed Yorkshire pudding. We had...a red wine recommended which was utterly delicious too. If we ever visit the quaint village of Akaroa again this restaurant will be a must!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 23 March 2022 via mobile

The most amazing food, great informative FOH staff, beautiful setting. And finally a vegetarian option that is just as tasty as all the rest! (Mushroom and goats cheese ravioli) Without a doubt will be back for a return visit!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 20 March 2022 via mobile

Fabulous atmosphere, fantastic and amusing service, food wise the red wine was perfectly matched with the signature aged beef dish. The ravioli was a handmade delicacy. We must all get out and support our local treasures such as this during these COVID times.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 18 March 2022

Me and my partner absolutely LOVED our experience at "Little Bistro". Charming little restaurant with unique atmosphere. Food 10 out of 10! We had amuse bouche with venison and glass of stunning Canterbury merlot/ cabernet to start with and shared pork and lamb for our...main event. Food was superb, impressive wine selection and great service. Highly recommending to visit this restaurant if you are in Akaroa.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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17 February 2020|
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Response from TWAkaroa | Property representative |
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8 February 2019|
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Response from TWAkaroa | Property representative |
Sorry 138bernadetteg, dogs are not permitted in the restaurant unless they are a service dog
14 September 2017|
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Response from TWAkaroa | 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
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Yes, The Little Bistro is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

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