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US$10 - US$32
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub
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Reviewed 17 May 2021 via mobile

Amazing view & friendly greeting from lady behind the counter. Didn't eat or drink so can't say much but the interior did look very old & tired!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 12 April 2021

We read a few excellent reviews on this tavern so decided to have lunch there. As soon as we walked into the restaurant I decided it was not a place I'd be enjoying lunch. The entire place looked like it needed a good clean. The...two waitresses aprons were dirty. The one was at the till taking orders and then went straight on to making the pizzas without wearing gloves. We were sitting opposite the bathroom and the door handle feel off when a woman opened the door. The only good thing is the view. So stop take in the view and drive awayMore

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 3 April 2021

Decided to pop in and have a pizza. Restaurant area was busy enough. Ordered a half/ half children's bay and birdlings flat. Pizza arrived quickly (maybe 5-8 minutes), it was pale, only just cooked, ham was cold, 8 uneven slices of pizza. Definitely not worth...the $29. Calamari, was nice, chips were ok- could have done with a few minutes longer. I wish I had read the reviews before visiting. The view was spectacular.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 15 March 2021

Yes the views are spectacular but it pretty much stops there. A beautiful Sunday afternoon arriving around 12.45pm not overly busy but still 1 staff member was serving as well as clearing tables, so waiting for service took forever, finally the chef had to serve...me (whilst running back to the kitchen to check on her fryers). We ordered the litte Akaroa pizza - so not worth the $26 we paid for it! Not cooked properly, barely any cheese or other toppings and the base was quite blonde. We also ordered the wedges with bacon & cheese, another disappointment, the cheese was simply loaded grated cheese, it was not grilled to melt on top of the wedges & cooked bacon just thrown on top. Highly disappointing meal.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 27 February 2021 via mobile

Great service ! Brilliant food! The girls were great will definitely be back! Enjoyed the sun over looking akaroa what a breathtaking view!

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 12 January 2021

Asked for a take away coffee and paid $5 and it was served in a tiny cup. Not worth to buy here wait until Akaroa or small village before Christchurch

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 9 January 2021

We came on Jan 1 which was a bit of a mistake as they were very unstaffed and the staff they had were pretty exhausted. But the view made up for it as it was a stunning day. Great spot! Also very surprisingly the blue...cheese pizza was very yummy! Hint: check out the giant Totara thats nearbyMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

We were given two seafood platter vouchers for Xmas and took our granddaughters to the tavern for lunch. A quick friendly call secured a reservation and on the day were shown to our table outside. Our platters arrived after about 15min and were a visual...feast with a superb taste to back it up. The platter consisted of fresh battered fish, muscles in a tomato sauce made with apple cider marinated cherry tomatoes as the base, garlic prawns, salt and pepper squid and sauces to compliment each of the above. Ciabatta bread for soaking up the juices finished off a delicious meal. The staff were super friendly and helpful and we must remember that this is a country tavern not a high end restaurant. In my opinion a great place to stop and relax, enjoy the view looking down onto the Akaroa harbour and enjoying good wholesome food.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 6 December 2020

Called in for a coffee. Staff worked hard to ignore the fact that 2 people were waiting to be served, apart from that the place was empty. I waited for a few minutes but couldn't stand the rancid stench so I left without being served....The smell stuck to my clothes as we travelled on. It was disgusting and sad to see such iconic location so run down.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 19 November 2020

We dropped in here to have dinner with family. Couple of pizzas, wedges and fries. Hard to stuff that kinda food up so was perfectly fine. The place had a weird empty vibe to it. I mean...it was quiet...but it just felt deserted. It felt...kinda sterile. I don't know why. Maybe a vase of flowers on the bar or something could have brightened it up. But good food and friendly staff nonetheless.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Yes, Hilltop Tavern offers takeaway services.

Hilltop Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5