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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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Soups, New Zealand, Pub
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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great crayfish

Very casual dinning. I had crayfish (check they have it before you go if that is what you want). It was very well cooked and very tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very casual dinning. I had crayfish (check they have it before you go if that is what you want). It was very well cooked and very tasty.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a recent bad experience in Christchurch, we needed some good food to boost our spirits - and the staff and kitchen delivered good food, served quickly, with reasonable service, at a fair price. If you go to a pub in Kaikoura then you're looking for good, honest food - right? These guys did a good job, and we enjoyed... More 

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kildare
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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went here one evening. We had booked as this is a busy spot. We had really fresh fish and veg. Service was very good. I was sorry we did not go the day before as we went into the Main Street and had irdinary food in some cafe. Definitely recommend here

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Lutry, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner at the Pier and we chose the seafood chopper and calamari as starters which were both very tasty. For main we had the crayfish wich was just wonderful! We only can recommend this friendly and excellent place!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We enjoyed a delicious dinner. Think of booking before, since it is quite full. Quick service and quite genereous dishes. Great place !

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Thank Oriana P
Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My lunch was OK but my husband sent his calamari rings back twice and then gave up. Lovely location and view of the coast. If you decide to eat outside do NOT feed the seagulls. Anne

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Darlington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fab spot Great staff Great ambience Great views Local seafood: great selection Good wine menu Fair price for seafood On site parking Nicely away from the backpackers ! $180 NSD for full meal, beers and a nice bottle of wine Recommend the half crayfish and the green lip mussels Will return

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Thank Teesdalepark
Pego Spain
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75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in for lunch and had a beer and a main course off the menu. The beer (draught bitter) was well kept and chilled The meal consisting of Gurnard fish (one pan seared and one in tempura batter) was very tasty and served with flavoured chips, salad and small pots of tomato and tartare sauce. Not bad at $57

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We called in here one evening after whale watching. It is an old traditional restaurant with high ceilings and a very welcoming atmosphere. They offer an excellent range of food, and the portionsizes were massive. The quality of both food and drink was first class.

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Thank Denverbroncoalan
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was great. Views to the beach is amazingly beautiful. Wonderful staff. Thanks heaps ☺ Will come again.

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Restaurant Details

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: Soups, New Zealand, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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