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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: $10 - $31
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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English first
Blue Mountains
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Dropped in for lunch, eating crayfish and fish and chips. Food was fresh and tasty, while the lady serving was attentive and gave us some tourist tips. View across the bay and mountains was great!

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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Arriving in Kaikoura I had a craving to try crayfish for my dinner. This restaurant was recommended to me by the manager of the accommodation I stayed at for the best crayfish in town and it was local. After being greeted very warmly by the staff it kind of went downhill after that. The crayfish was on offer but with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Food great, nice atmosphere. .. fabulous outdoor space for families with enclosed play area including trampoline... Have been here two days running!!!

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Singapore, Singapore
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200 reviews 200 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

sandwiches were good, ambience was good, expensive (or maybe it is just NZ!). Nice views. You can sit outside if the weather is nice. Reservation recommended for dinner. Small play area for kids outside.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great menu with interesting food The service was friendly and we liked the ambience of this historical building with great views

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Monday 11 August 2014. I ordered the Groper with Lemon butter sauce served with roasties and freshly cooked vegetables, with a price tag of $34.50, initially thinking this was a bit on the high side, however this would have been one of the most tastiest, yummiest meals I have ever had, and worth every cent.. The young lady behind the... More

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Roxburgh, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The crabfish/NZ rock lobster(half) is definitely the best meal for us in NZ. Fresh and nature taste, we tried to "dismantle" them eat them up while they are still warm. the fries in the set are delicious too. The seafood chowder is a must-try too!( I strongly recommend that you share the chowder with others because the crabfish set almost... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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