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US$5 - US$29
Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand, International, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago

After a couple of days of adventuring in this stunning part of the world we were not only rather peckish, but this place had been recommended by locals to us.. They were right!! Beautifully cooked steak, broccolini andante and sprinkled with toasted almonds! we were...given blankets to keep warm... very hugga as it was too beautiful to sit indoors. Chatted to people on the table next to us and they were locals on an evening out. So heartening to see this in these challenging times... locals supporting locals... Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of 7 with a reservation. Extremely quick to serve drinks but waited 1.25 hours for our main course of fish and chips! The restaurant wasn't full, plenty of front of house staff but soooo slow. Half of our party had dessert...these came out at different times. Meals were great when they arrived. A shame as it could have been better.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I could not fault this restaurant. The outlook is over the Akaroa waterfront. Service was friendly and efficient. There is a great variety of food choices on the menu, which suited all our family. We had a seafood platter for 2, which was packed with...different seafood delights. Great value. We also ordered a burger and pizza for the kids. Everything was delicious and went down well. The cocktails list was great and they even had Pina Coladas. What a treat. We’ll definitely be back.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this establishment 3 times over 3 days. Lovely service great meals and good beer. Would recommend the seafood platter.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

Large menu, numerous dishes l was keen to try and we settled on the 12 hour marinated and cooked Lamb Shoulder. Beautifully tender and cooked to perfection. Assorted greens and roast yams very good, Hasselback Potatoes a bit dry unfortunately. Good drinks menu, though they...were out of the wine l had wished to order. Very friendly waitress. We had a window seat, so a lovely view across the harbour. Not the best ambiance, but pleasant enough.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021 via mobile

We dined for dinner, I had the grilled chicken and it was terrible, I actually spat it out! It was a chicken breast, but the meat was all silky snd slimy, I think it was pumped fill or hormones, terrible. A suggestion would be that...you change your chicken supplier FAST. Try FREE RANGE. Also, the tinned baby corn on my plate, really why would you do that, yuck! My Parter had the steak, very chewy. I did comment to the waitress about my chicken, she just smiled, not interested! We certainly won’t be back in a hurry for what you pay for the meals.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 20 July 2021

We hadn't been to Akaroa for a number of year. Bully Hayes was the place to go for food when we last visited. It was tired. Bad furniture. Not at all inviting for a couple wanting to have a few drinks. Had one drink and...left.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 July 2021

It was good that the restaurant was open on a Monday night, although there were not a lot of other diners. The menu is surprisingly extensive. We both choose items from the light mains selections and our expectations were exceeded. The light mains offerings seem...to offer some interesting variations from run of the mill restaurant mains at a very good value price. Both the dishes we selected were well-presented, excellent in taste and sufficiently large to leave us pleasantly satisfied. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 June 2021 via mobile

Akaroa is just an amazing place with or without food but the seafood chowder and seafood platter here just top it off. Great selection, fresh and delicious.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 17 May 2021 via mobile

Amazing views, friendly & efficient service, good meals. Hollandaise sauce a bit steep at $3 for a tiny ramekins.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Response from evana g | Reviewed this property |
My meal was not value for $$. Service was good; you get what you pay for. Shop around. I should’ve gone to The Wharf.
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Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4