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413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6414
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Ranked #29 of 44 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $6 - $23
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Pizza, Seafood, Grill, Brew Pub
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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.
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

All pretty average. Nice view of the sea, but quite dark and dingy inside. The worst part were the waitresses. Most seemed to rather be somewhere else. Plastic forced smiles, abrupt manners. No banter- just took your order with no other conversation. Food was average pub food., with generous portions, but nothing special. Great background music though.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Our family had a nice dinner here recently. It is a great spot although a little plain on the inside. We enjoyed a nice dinner overlooking the ocean, sipping on the great range of beer and cider. The food was average and selection very limited. They advertise seafood, grill and pizza but only had one steak dish and very little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

My daughter and I had a seafood platter at Sonic 2 years ago and it was so amazing especially the seafood gumbo. We have been waiting to go back there and today we made it. Tim who served us last time was our host again, he organised the seafood platter again for us even though it wasn't on the menu... More 

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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was the first time we had tried Blue Cod and we were not disappointed, it was delicious, the chips were also very tasty.

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136 reviews 136 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Dined here with my wife. We had had a drink here earlier and were impressed with the menu. The food was excellent the local fish in particular. Service was quick despite the pk]lace being busy. Wine a little pricey.

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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66 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Ate here for dinner twice during our Kaikoura stay. Our first meal was outstanding - a delicious garlic, herb & cheese flatbread enjoyed with a glass of wine followed by Mustard Chicken with a creamy leek sauce on mash with stir fry vege. The veges were crisp, the chicken tender, the creamy leek sauce not too creamy and so tasty.... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We were in Kaikoura two nights and we ate at Sonic Bar both nights because the food was so good. There was plenty of choice but my husband had the Merino medallions both occasions, he enjoyed them so much. It's also an ale drinkers' paradise - there's so much to choose! Service was good and all the staff are very... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We had a group of 22 attend this café for a meal last night & the meals were very well priced & good size. I had the T-Bone steak on mash which was well cooked & the service was good for a large group

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Additional Information about Sonic Bar Cafe

Address: 413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6414
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 23
Cuisine: Pizza, Seafood, Grill, Brew Pub

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