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Leinster Rd. Bistro

$$ - $$$European, ,
158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-355 3055
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“risotto” (8 reviews)
“roast lamb” (2 reviews)
“ribeye” (2 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 22:00All hours
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came here or a family dinner too celebrate a Birthday. First impressions are excellent. Quietly understated setting and somewhere you can have a conversation and the background noise is subdued and unobtrusive. I was very happy with my meal - pork belly and dessert. My...More

Thank chchgecko
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

4 sisters & partners attended dinner here and have to say it was pretty ordinary. The pork belly was fatty to extreme and whilst tender was not tasty. The winter salad looked colourful and reported tasty. The steaks looked good although it was clear that...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a restaurant with a more mature clientele, in our twenties and thirties we were the youngest there by quiet a stretch. Started with the olives, which were very bizarre, some were hot and some cold, like they had been badly microwaved. I...More

Thank e_maccars
Reviewed 25 March 2017

My neighbours took us here for dinner, so I rang up and pre-warned them I was a vegan, and on the night they asked my tastes. They made this absolutely delicious Morrocan style ragout, as I said I liked seriously hot and dry. Next time...More

Thank Fiona D
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We have being going to the restaurant for years.... we know that it is either hit or miss. Unfortunately tonight it was a major miss. The fish smelt very old and extra "fishy". They were quite rude when we told them reluctantly the for food...More

Thank Holly J
Management response:Responded 15 March 2017

I remember the table, the customer with the fish had dairy free requirements. This being the case the groper was cooked in oil, as opposed to butter. This would be the cause of the fish being oily and strongly flavored. The fish was fresh groper...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We were hoping for a really great time here. Our last night on the South Island. The bistro was recommended by our hosts so we felt it would be great. Just about everything except our server was average. Again there was calamari on the menu...More

Thank MiguelitoyCat
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Visit quite regularly for either coffee or lunch. Good for a conversation as tables/booths are well spaced apart.

Thank Sunshine77UC
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Everyone enjoyed their food, which was beautifully prepared and presented. Service was good, and there was an interesting varied selection on the menu. It was rather expensive, and limited opening hours mean we won't be able to return as often as we would like, but...More

Thank lesleyk72
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Walked into a relaxing, quiet and spacious restaurant. Sat in a large and comfortable booth. We had an assortment of entrees to share and they were amazing. The croquettes were divine. There was also some delicious tarts and dumplings. The kumara chips were light, tasty...More

Thank coopsyBarmera
Reviewed 14 January 2017

Would have to be one of the best restaurants I have been to in a while. Excellent service, quiet atmosphere and absolutely superb food. Do yourself a favour ( and your taste buds ) and go!

Thank Erica H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:30
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 Leinster Rd | Merivale, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-355 3055
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