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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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Pub, New Zealand
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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with...
The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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  • 77
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    Very good
  • 23
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  • 6
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  • 8
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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
NZ Pub grub experience

We had a great meal here at the Pier Hotel ,in a real olde world pub setting .You could feel the history the minute you walked into the pubs dining room. Friendly staff reasonable wine list ,whitebait then a crayfish chowder served in a very large bowl ,we ate well and left here with a big smile... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
bugsey23
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NewZealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We'd had this restaurant recommended but it was disappointing. The bread that came with my soup had been nuked in the microwave and was rubbery. I asked if I could have some either fresh or toasted. They brought me plain bread but it was stale. Surely lovely fresh bread is one of the easiest things to get right in a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

My hubby had the crayfish soup, my 9 year old ate the entre bowl of green mussels (quite a large portion) and I took half a crayfish. The bill came to NZD88 with drinks, very reasonable and the food and ambience was great.

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NewZealand
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had a great meal here at the Pier Hotel ,in a real olde world pub setting .You could feel the history the minute you walked into the pubs dining room. Friendly staff reasonable wine list ,whitebait then a crayfish chowder served in a very large bowl ,we ate well and left here with a big smile on our faces.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife loved the chowder special but she couldn't finish it, the portion was so large. My lamb was quite good. The service was efficient and friendly. The prices are reasonable and the beer and wine selection is good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a family birthday dinner at the pier and the food was excellent and service very good. The Highlanders Hurricanes final was on and the atmosphere was brilliant It was a very enjoyable evening and good value for money.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We booked a table for the evening and when we arrived the waitress was very friendly and helpful as she showed us to our table. We both had a main course and the food was very good. I had fresh baked fish with vegetables and it was so good. My husband also had a fish dish with a salad and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had been dying to try crayfish and the Pier was a perfect place. Flavorful ans juicy crayfish was cooked perfectly and the price was reasonable too. We enjoyed their fresh pan seared fish also and the salad ans french fries they served with the crayfish and fish dishes were also excellent

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We had a lovely lunch here. Wonderful views and it would be fantastic in summer to eat outside. The food was very fresh, presented well and tasty. Service was attentive but not intrusive. As we had a young child and couldn't go out at night for dinner they very kindly took an order for takeaway which we picked up and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Love this pub - it has great photos around the walls of the history of the area and the pub. The Pier Hotel gets the last of the evening sun in Kaikoura and has excellent outdoor seating which looks out to a magnificent view out across the sea to the mountains. My friend's son, who is a connoisseur of chips... More 

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Hornsby, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

The green lipped mussels were the best I have ever had. The crayfish chowder amazing. The pavlova OMG!

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Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
Cuisine: Pub, New Zealand

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 25
  • Cuisine: Pub, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children

Description

The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.

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