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Sonic Bar Cafe

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Brew Pub, Pizza, Seafood, Grill
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413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6414
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Description: The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and...
The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and Grill we have a range of food to suite all tastes and preferences. Whether you are in for a drink or to dine you will enjoy our stunning views of the ocean and mountains and our friendly staff will look after you with table service. We are the only restaurant in Kaikoura's main centre with a view located opposite the Information Centre just look for the big fish. We are a Mac's Brewery Bar with plenty of beer, wine and cider we are so obsessed with Mac's beer that we have matched every dish to it's own beer. The $20 small pizza and Pint deal and sit drink and dine on our massive sun deck and terrace looking over the sea. Come and discover the locals best kept secret and Kaikoura's only specialised Gastropub.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Crack ups

Pretty good, no views as was here after the sun went down. Loved reading the managers responses, but only to the negative reviews, was a crack up! But all in all not bad for the price, had the burger from the lunch menu.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
petek D
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
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26 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The pizza was hand made and tasty. The beer was cold. The service was above average. Pretty decent spot for a bar. I can see it being a pretty good spot during the summer months.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Have dined here before and received both good meals and service but unfortunately this time the food was apalling and overpriced. Looks like it has new ownership and nowhere near the same standards as before.

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spokane, wa
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great Food, Beer, Service and View what more can you ask for!! We sat out on the patio and had a great evening.

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Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I enjoyed a meal here last night,we arrived late and were made real welcome,the food was top quality and fresh,the owner Tim was a excellent host,we had some picky eaters on our table of 12 , nothing was a problem for him and his chef , Thanks again.........Give this place a try , don't read into armchair Ramsay reviews!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Pretty good, no views as was here after the sun went down. Loved reading the managers responses, but only to the negative reviews, was a crack up! But all in all not bad for the price, had the burger from the lunch menu.

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Laval, Canada
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Fish and chips where not that good, but beer was ok and you had a view of the ocean on the terasse. Service was ok. Wifi was generous. 30 minutes for drinks and 1 hour for food...

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Sign displayed said Happy Hour. Went up & bought a Coke & Beer, the price was expensive. Queried it & staff said that the Coke was full price, but 50cents off the beer for Happy Hour. Misleading signage, as 50 cents off 1 of the 2 drinks does not constitute a Happy Hour top me.

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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Hello. Your review is untrue. I will be talking to tripadvisor about this. We are a Macs Brew Bar and Restaurant and the sign says Macs Happy Hour which is a discount on the Macs range between 4.30 and 6 pm daily. You received a real English pint of beer for $6 over happy hour which is normally $8 dollars.... More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Best T-bone steak in Kaikoura. So juicy, tender, and tasty. My mouth waters just thinking of it. Includes mashed potatoes and cole slaw. Huge portions but you'll definitely finish it off because it is just so amazingly good. Must eat here!

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
304 reviews 304 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Well, the town just about shut down as the New Zealand Blackcaps were starting to play in World Cup of Cricket, but this place was open still, with a solid fan base around the bar and TV watching the game begin. I had the pizza and pint special for $20, and the little pizza was really spot on and a... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We arrived late (8:30ish) in Kaikoura because of ferry delay into Picton, and this was the nearest place to our hotel, with no time really to explore. We were not really made to feel terribly welcome I have to say - service was a "bit matter of fact" by staff who gave the distinct impression that they would rather be... More 

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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you for your review we are pleased that you enjoyed your meals and yes thank you our views are amazing we are the only restaurant in town centre with seaviews at every seat in house and terrace. We are disappointed to hear that you felt our service was not to standard this will be addressed as we strive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3 319 6414

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
  • Cuisine: Brew Pub, Pizza, Seafood, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view

Description

The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and Grill we have a range of food to suite all tastes and preferences. Whether you are in for a drink or to dine you will enjoy our stunning views of the ocean and mountains and our friendly staff will look after you with table service. We are the only restaurant in Kaikoura's main centre with a view located opposite the Information Centre just look for the big fish. We are a Mac's Brewery Bar with plenty of beer, wine and cider we are so obsessed with Mac's beer that we have matched every dish to it's own beer. The $20 small pizza and Pint deal and sit drink and dine on our massive sun deck and terrace looking over the sea. Come and discover the locals best kept secret and Kaikoura's only specialised Gastropub.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?