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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating
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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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
Good food at good prices

It seemed quite a quiet night at the Sonic when we ate there but service was a little slow,think this was due to the kitchen rather than the waiting on staff who were very friendly and helpful. The food was very good and great value with a great selection of beers.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
Fatcat2631
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It seemed quite a quiet night at the Sonic when we ate there but service was a little slow,think this was due to the kitchen rather than the waiting on staff who were very friendly and helpful. The food was very good and great value with a great selection of beers.

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Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Nice food, nice price. Great selection of Macs obviously! Bar staff busy but still friendly. Great flavors from the kitchen

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Alice Springs
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Had dinner here on our first night in Kaikoura and it was a great start to our holiday. Friendly service, fantastic fish n chips served with a lovely fresh coleslaw and great beers. Just what we were looking forward too and would definitely go back.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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

Thank you we are pleased you enjoyed your fresh handmade pizza. Pleased you enjoyed our tasty cold Mac's beer and the service. Would like to point out we are a restaurant as well as a casual brewery bar. Cheers More 

spokane, wa
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased we ticked all the boxes and you enjoyed your time at our establishment. Cheers The Sonic Team More 

Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much. I enjoyed serving you. Your group was a lot of fun and we are pleased you enjoyed our fresh food and service. Thanks for the great review. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you we are pleased you enjoyed your time at The Sonic. Sorry the sun went down and you didn't see the view! We are pleased you enjoyed your burger. More 

Laval, Canada
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your time and took advantage of our free unlimited download WiFi. Cheers More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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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
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187 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 286 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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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 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Brew Pub, Pizza, Seafood, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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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