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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Ranked #20 of 39 restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $11 - $33
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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 is under new management as of 1st October so come on in and have a beer, try our new menu (with fabulous deserts)made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you!
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59 reviews from our community

73% Recommend
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We arrived after dark after a day in transit. The welcome was warn, the chowder, mussels and steak were delicious and an after dinner drink in the bar, whilst doing nothing to cure my ignorance of rugby, did reveal the locals' passion for the game. A lovely pub.

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a fabulous meal - started with the nz whitebait and the dips and bread. Between us we had the pasta, lamb loin, steak and chicken parmigiana - all we're fabulous. Our only comment would bd that the mains are huge - you don't need the starters!

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The best meal we had in South Island. Fabulous Sea Food Chowder, and Cray with salad and chips, lovely local Pinot gris.

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New Zealand
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Well let's just say the cray half for $ 35 is a reasonable deal. The portions of salad and fries were great. Outside dining in ths special place superb. I did a fair bit of research and a local recommended this place and town prices way to high. I know crayfish is expensive bug as a nz it's hard to... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Bring back the old pumpkin and kumera balls recipe much nicer than the croquettes Husbands steak was perfect my fish was dry

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Located on the way to the seal colony the pier has a wonderful sea view and great sunset. Hardly any cars drive in front of the restaurant. The atmosphere is cosy - both inside and outside. Make sure you book in advance - it gets busy during the night. Prices are NZ level. Fresh seafood and decent portions.

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Aveton Gifford, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Pier is out of town but worth the effort. We sat having a drink, people-watching and taking in the rugger on the TV while waiting for a table to become free and there seemed to be quite a few locals in there as well as visitors. The ambience is very appealing. The food is good too: we shared a... More

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Darwin, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Crayfish was delicious! Beer battered fries - good! Verdict - worth a stop for lunch. Enjoyable surroundings, pleasant food, good service. What more can you ask for?

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Motueka New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Lunch was good food. However the wine grossley over priced. This place just misses when it's situation is so good.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We had driven from Picton to Kaikoura arriving late at night. Our motel suggested we go to The Pier Hotel or we would have missed it - at the end of the stretch in Kaikoura a welcome beacon on a very cold and wet night - just about the only one in January. We didnt have a booking, however, despite... More

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