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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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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Can't Miss that Big Fish

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Christopher C
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Calgary, Canada
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

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
290 reviews 290 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

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
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went here twice in one day as Whale watching was blown out, do check the weather on that front before you book! Ordered seafood chowder and beer, plus a really nice chicken salad and some beer for the rest of my party. Later in the day, wine and pizza. Not complicated, but they did it well and there is a... More 

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I had steamed mussels that were excellent. The fish and chips were average at best. The beer was cold!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Popped in to catch the cricket on big screen and rehydrate. Good range on tap, although bar staff were not sure what the IPA was (always good to know what you are drinking). Ordered bar snacks which were served promptly and hot. Good flavour and friendly service. Felt like a local bar, even though all staff were from overseas. Will... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Great music, atmosphere and a friendly greeting! You have to try their cheesecake!!!! Baked in store.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The place was tomy, had excellent vies out to sea and provided very good food. Crayfish was a speciality but expect to pay a bit more for this speciality. Other options are good and the food was attractively prepared and good value.

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Washington, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here with my wife on two successive nights. The food was good (fish and chips were delicious), the service was good, the view is beautiful, and the general ambience was pleasant. Would be happy to go back there.

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Perth, Australia
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Dropped by on a couple of evenings for a glass of wine and a cold beer. Nice spot right in town with good vies of the bay. Ok so,ect ion of wines, but served in tiny little glasses that are not nice to drink out of. Tried the salt and pepper calamari as a snack to go with drinks, really... 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 - 23
  • 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?