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The Trading Rooms Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
French, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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71 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7656
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited Akaroa as part of a Carnival Cruise. The whole town is a delight! Lunch was an absolute treat at The Trading Rooms. Dining alfresco we enjoyed the clam chowder - it was thich, creamy, full of seafood and very tasty! The place was jammed packed so we understood when the waitress forgot to come back for our order... More 

Thank kuhn1952
Saint Louis, Missouri
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They weren't too busy when we set our reservation but that didn't bother us too much. We sat outside and enjoyed the waterview. The staff was super friendly- even bringing out a blanket when we said we were chilly. The salmon was amazing; probably the best salmon I had in the South Island. My husband had the pasta and he... More 

Thank Amanda B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We choose to eat at the Trading Rooms because of the large indoor dining area which appealed on a hot day. The menu offered a number of attractive meal options, and the kids menu appealed to our boys. Wait staff were prompt in taking the order, but we're not aware of the beers that were on offer and could not... More 

Thank RihariNZ
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

View was nice. Forget about eating here. Salmon was not properly cooked. Salmon cake absolutely not eatable. Side ordered fries not served and when eventually arrived, re-fried potatoes. Coffee as dessert? Not possible because heating up the coffee machine (was broken earlier that day) would take to long?

Thank Johan H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice waterfront location, wait staff friendly, menu looked good but food itself pretty average. I had the special - Turkey & Bacon Salad with Cranberry Sauce, didn't have any bacon and the turkey reheated so dry and rubbery. Hubby's Seafood Pasta which wasn't fresh seafood and dish overcooked. Our sons pizza and chips looked the best....... Definitely wouldn't return or... More 

Thank Calnon07
Jakarta, Indonesia
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448 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 703 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We drove to Akaroa over the New Year holidays to enjoy an Akaroa salmon lunch. The Trading Rooms Restaurant was highly rated, and Akaroa salmon was on the menu that was posted in the window. When we asked for salmon at 1:15 pm we were told it was all sold out. So we ordered cream of mushroom soup (excellent) and... More 

Thank Staidthere
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

French style food and a large portion. We really enjoyed the ambience inside this restaurant and were impressed with the service .

Thank TandC111
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this restaurant based on other reviews. The service was sloppy, we didn't get the table that was reserved for us (on request). The food was ok but the whole place needs a makeover. If you want to serve pub style food then you might have nailed it, but at pub prices. Seriously disappointed.

Thank Matapos
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were serenaded by a pianist and violinist improvising on the waterfront while the sun set. Pretty romantic! I had the soup of the day which was a weird potato and eggplant combo (which I'd encourage you to skip if they offer it again) and my husband had octopus prepared in a chewy, slow-cooked (almost jerky) way that he liked... More 

Thank Katherine S
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having walked in and out of a number of other eateries in Akaroa due to chaotic and poor service in show, we were pleasantly surprised by the good food and excellent service at the trading rooms. I had chicken linguine which was very tasty with a well dressed side salad. Martin had fish of the day which he said was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
French, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Outdoor Seating
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-304 7656
Exciting modern cooking, fine wine selection, beautiful sunset harbour views from the terrace. The Trading Rooms is a timeless historic venue, perfect for your special occasion.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?