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Sonic Bar Cafe

West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand
319-6414
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Ranked #25 of 39 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Cuisines: Bar, Grill
Good for: Scenic view
Most recent review
- May 24, 2014
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Good for: Scenic view
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Brisbane
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We had steak, it wasn't cooked how we asked for it, the restaurant is big and empty with little atmosphere, it was also cold inside, so rug up. Its like a pub style environment. We ate our meals because we were starving and left. Prices average

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NJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Not a large variety of menu options, but multiple varieties of Macs beers on tap...loved the white! We ordered mussels which were quite tasty, in a delicious sauce and didn't taste fishy which was great. Also ordered t-bone steak with a side of mashed potatoes and coleslaw which were also good. Prices typical for NZ dinner, about $20-$30 per meal.

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London, United Kingdom
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189 reviews 189 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Looking for somewhere to have an afternoon beer out in the sunshine, Sonic seemed our best bet on the esplanade as all the other places seemed dark and shady. We also like Mac's brewery beers and we weren't disappointed. Inside was deserted, but outside was busier and the atmosphere was relaxed. We managed to nap the comfy beanbags in the... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Good selection on menu with blue cod our favourite. Very friendly staff. Easy parking and right opposite the sea

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Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We visited the Sonic in 2007, really enjoyed it and went back this time we were in Kaikoura. Other posters are right, the views are great. But $60 for crayfish? Not only that, it's served with mash and salad...not my idea of perfect accompaniment. We'd asked not to have mash, but was given it anyway. The staff were struggling to... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Food reasonably priced and presented well. Great sea views and friendly waitress who allowed me to try several beers foc until I found the one I liked

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Location is great, service was friendly. My mussels starter was fabulous, but the pizza was overcooked and disappointing. The young waitress was fine with us, but when a party of 9 arrived she seemed to go to pieces - yet the place wasn't anywhere near full. Based on the mussels I'd give the place a high score, but based on... More

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Basel, Switzerland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Went to Sonic for lunch after our dolphin encounter tour and we were really hungry. The fish of the day - being blue nose that day - served with mashed potatos and roasted veggies was just delicious. The servings were more than enough - even if it did not look so at first glance. On top of that, you get... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I have gone there many times over the years and its always great food and staff with an outstanding view of the coast and mountains

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Sapporo, Japan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

i have dined at the sonic a few times over the years whilst passing through kaikoura and it never fails to deliver a tasty meal . always freindly staff and the top notch location with astunning view may this one of the best spots in kaikoura!

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