Where to eat Contemporary food in Akaroa: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 9, 2019 Madelene Haan

Find out what Contemporary restaurants to try in Akaroa. The French are known as the world’s most romantic people, so it makes sense that Akaroa—site of New Zealand’s first French settlement—is an ideal spot to set the scene for love. Hold hands with your paramour and stroll along the provincial harbor, where dolphins, penguins, and seals bob and chatter in the sparkling ice-blue water. First-class accommodations, quaint French bakeries and succulent restaurants are the perfect ingredients for a romantic getaway.
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1. The Little Bistro

33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand French, European, New Zealand, Contemporary Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 3-304 7314 http://www.thelittlebistro.co.nz
Overall Ratings

4 based on 943 reviews

The Little Bistro

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.

Reviewed By SiberianSayan

This is a great little restaurant on Akaroa's main drag. The food was quite well done -- certainly high quality, but not top of class. They had a reasonable selection, and everything was tasty. The wine was incredibly overpriced -- 3x the price you would pay for a local bottle of wine (as in, we visited the winery earlier that day -- it's only an hour away -- a bottle was $20, and they were selling for $60). This kind of pricing might be expected for a fine dining experience or for an imported wine that took quite a lot of effort to acquire...and "fine dining" is what The Little Bistro is trying to sell, but falls short. The dining tables are quite close to one another and the chairs are hard, wooden, and uncomfortable. This would be understandable if we were on Manhattan where this is normal for a high-end restaurant, but doesn't make sense in a little seaside town on the Banks Peninsula. Service was quite good -- and along with presentation was the closest we came to "fine dining". Definitely recommended, but something like No. 31 in Hanmer Springs small town fine dining done right.

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2. Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

57 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520 New Zealand Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, International, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Waterfront [email protected] +64 3-304 7533 http://www.bullyhayes.co.nz/
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1128 reviews

Bully Hayes Restaurant & Bar

Akaroa’s Premium Dining Spot. Open 7 days year-round for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee or Tapas and a drink in the sun. Sensational panoramic views of Akaroa Harbour whilst you dine in any of our indoor and outdoor areas. We also offer a sheltered cour

Reviewed By ElliotC22

Food was gorgeous both mornings, there was something in the holindays sauce it was to die for!!! Next day I had the pancakes they were beautiful I would have preferred my blueberries fresh on top on or the side with the cream instead if cooked into the pancake they were very hot.

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3. French Farm Winery Restaurant

12 Winery Road French Farm Valley Road, Akaroa 7582 New Zealand Contemporary Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol [email protected] +64 3-304 5784 http://www.frenchfarmwinery.co.nz
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

French Farm Winery Restaurant

French Farm Winery is a Boutique Luxury Lodge with accommodation and a restaurant. Perfect for your wedding, business event and special occasion. Known for its distinctive French-provincial style and décor, is a venue like no other. The restaurant is open

Reviewed By Nelson S

Perfect distance from Christchurch to get away for a few days. Nice rooms and quiet. With little touches like chocolates, coffee machine, milk and juices everyday. Lovely continental breakfast delivered night before. No restaurant but do have a bar open on Fridays from 4pm. Private courtyard for guests. Would recommend. New hosts very friendly and welcoming.Thank you for your review, We continue to try and improve our facilities and is lovely to get your feedback.We now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm providing beautiful home style food and a range of drinks.The vineyard was sold off in 2008 and now operates as French Peak Wines just 100mts. down the road.

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4. The High Tea Lady

Wharf Road Pigeon Bay, Akaroa 7550 New Zealand Cafe, British, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Beach [email protected] +64 22 307 9974 http://www.thehightealady.nz
The High Tea Lady

The High Tea Lady offers pop up High Tea's. I hold a monthly High Tea in the Pigeon Bay Hall in the heart of Pigeon Bay. Enjoy a handcrafted organic high tea in a relaxed atmosphere. Everything is freshly homemade, dietary needs can be catered for. Everyo

Reviewed By EktoNZ

What a great experience. Was able to cater to my tricky gluten-free, vegetarian request with ease. The food was divine and great value for money. Awesome setting looking out on the bay. With bone china cups, home-made lemon curd and jam topped off the wonderful high tea we had.

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