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“AMAZING views and delicous food!”
Review of Hilltop Tavern

Hilltop Tavern
Ranked #14 of 29 Restaurants in Akaroa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$32
Cuisines: Pizza, Bar, Cafe
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Good for: View, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Hilltop is perched on the pass overlooking the beautiful Akaroa Harbour. Its a classic 1930s pub building with a nice front lawn to enjoy the view. We serve freshly caught fish, wood-fired pizza, steaks, slow-cooked meats, soup and a range of tapas. We also have homemade pies, sweets & pastries for those looking for a quick bite. Great fair-trade coffee & loose leaf tea. Craft beer and local, sustainable wines. Check out our websites for upcoming live music. (Open later than 9.30-pm on gig nights and weekends, depending on busyness) Please note, the Hilltop has seasonal hours: 7 days 10-late: Christmas- Easter Thur- Sun 10-late: Easter to the end of July Closed for the month of August Wed-Sun 10-late Sept-Christmas
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We loved the food, drinks, and atmosphere! Extensive wine list, and must stay for their yummy desserts.

Thank meghan m
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Stopped here on a tour of the banks Peninsula but could not order lunch as they could not make the pizzas (their specialty) in time. Opted for sharing a cheese and fruit scone wioth our coffee. They were large servings but very doughy. Have had better.

Thank Robyn R
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Hilltop-Tavern, Owner at Hilltop Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Please note that you visited The Hilltop on an organized bus tour on a cruise ship day. Due to the enormous numbers of visitors on these days (80-120 at a time often) and their short stopping time (often only 20 mins) we have an arrangement with the bus companies that the food offered to cruise bus passengers can only be chosen from the cabinet, which has ample savoury and sweet options. It would simply be impossible to offer Pizza and Kitchen meals to all passengers when they are arriving in such high numbers, but we would certainly be happy to do so had it been pre-arranged with your tour company.
We believe that this complaint should be made with your tour company, not with us. We hope you will reconsider your rating in this review.
We are sorry for your disappointment and hope you will get another chance to visit The Hilltop and enjoy our delicious wood-fired Pizza.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

What a great spot for a meal away from Christchurch. The view is amazing even when there is low lying cloud and you can't see the hills :-)
I had some Akaroa smoked salmon to start on bruschetta which was lovely and a fish burger for my main. All well done and lots of in house made products. I never tried the pizza but I hear they are amazing.
Was a bit of a shame that the live band were obviously very loud and set up on the restaurant side of building which meant we decided to move so we could still have a conversation. Music was excellent though! Lots of friendly staff and definitely keen to go back.

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Thank Hrb1188
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

This is a great place to stop on the way to Akaroa. Forget having lunch or dinner at Akaroa - this beats them all. They are not partically quick getting the meals out, but that is not due to slackness just they are busy, however with a great view it doesn't really matter. The coffee is great, the woodfired pizzas are delicious. Well worth planning your day trip to Akaroa to stop here on the way for lunch.

Thank Kerry553
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Wow just the most spectacular view. Don't drive past get a nice coffee and just sit in the garden and absorb the view of the amazing inlet that is Akaroa. At 470m it affords one of the best views of my weekend in Akaroa. Well worth the stop for a brew or a bite to eat

Thank CambridgeRebels
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