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The Trading Rooms Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
French, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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71 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
+64 3-304 7656
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Smithfield, Australia
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86 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Arriving in this quaint fishing village I was not prepared to encounter a restaurant of this quality. On a cold, drizzly morning my family popped into the first eatery that appeared to look appetizing and inviting. The service was friendly, the pricing was slightly more expensive than expected, but the quality of the food more than compensated for that. Well... More 

Thank Simon O
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The most expensive restaurant of our NZ trip. Very good food, the lamb was tasty but not cooked quite as good as the best we had tasted during our tour. Worth four stars for the nice interior decor.

Thank Keith H
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Both had Seafood Chowder, we order this often. Out of 10 we rated this 6. Not enough genuine fish stock. Too floury.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Had a lovely evening meal with friends from Seattle. Everyone commented favourably on their meal, and the young lady here waited our outdoor table was fabulous. WE'd do it again in a heatbeat!

Thank Geoff C
Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Last night in Akaroa so decided to lash out, lovely establishment , very pleasant staff and good service, meals are well presented just wish it was served at a hotter temperature, tepid salmon and veges.. not really my thing.. 6/10

Thank Col B
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017

OK it was very busy when we went, but the staff were working very hard to try to serve everyone. No complaints about the service. The food looked interesting on the menu but was not spectacular. A lively place that I would certainly go back to, in a very interesting old art deco style building. My meal was lovely but... More 

Thank Andy P
Perth, Australia
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103 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We went here for dinner and the food was lovely. The seafood was lovely and fresh and the service was friendly. The restaurant is in a lovely old building. However, the décor is very dark and old fashioned so it does not show it off to its best.

Thank PF1972
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Oysters for entree were good, our lamb mains were nice, but not quite hot enough. Was hoping for more of a French influence, given the location. Low level lighting and two of the four of us had to swap our very uncomfortable chairs for ones from the next table. The restaurant has an opportunity to be so much better, given... More 

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TheTradingRooms, General Manager at The Trading Rooms Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi amandaaA6674MT, Thank you for your input. We actually have just acquired the restaurant last August and we are still in the process of changing/improving things one at a time. Your concerns about the lighting and the menu book were already on our list of things to do for the next season. And yes, we already have moved away from... More 

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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

A group of 7 of us had dinner which was great. The food was delicious and very well presented. The only issue was the service was quite slow - but wasn't a major issue. Very good and we will go back again.

Thank Praxmeyer
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Arrived in between lunch time and dinner time. Basically fish and chips only were available. Food was good enough, service was not very good. Nothing special.

Thank AdriVitto

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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
US$6 - US$26
French, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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?