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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Ranked #14 of 42 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $9 - $29
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
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This spot is a favorite of my families. My grandfather had been going there for years when it was more of a pub. We have been a couple of times in recent years and the food is always fantastic. We went just recently and had a great meal with great service and nice wines. The view to look out is... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My husband and I had received a recommendation to come to the Pier Hotel for food. We had lunch on Sunday and it was delicious. We had a window seat that looked right over the water. We both had open sandwiches. I had a BLAT and my husband had steak. Good serving of chips and salad with the open sandwich.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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575 reviews 575 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
2,707 helpful votes 2,707 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We stopped off here for lunch on our way to Blenheim. The hotel is perched overlooking the ocean in a large historical building. The Pier Hotel was first built in 1885. We ordered the seafood platter which consisted off a selection of Kaikoura’s & South Island’s fresh seafood. House smoked salmon, calamari, steamed & marinated mussels, battered local fish &... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The historic Pier Hotel is worth a visit for the views alone. We took an outside table in the evening sunshine, and it was glorious. The food was almost as good - the seafood chowder was delicious, and the crayfish was perfectly cooked. But for me the best dish was the calamari. The batter was the best I've ever had.... More 

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melbourne
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Sitting looking out at the mountains and the bay , enjoyed fresh cray fish was to die for. The crayfish was cooked to perfection and the seafood chowder was one of the best we ate in NZ. Love the whole area, well worth stopping at this place for lunch or dinner.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We had to wait for food as there was a sudden influx of people at 20 00 hrs but the fish chowder was well worth the half hour wait for food.

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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We all had fantastic meals at the Pier Hotel. Thoroughly recommend dining there, Friendly staff, great service. Thanks Guys

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We often dine here on a Friday night when we come up to Kaikoura for the weekend, and I have to probably admit that it is very rare that we have ever had a poor meal here. I came up with three girlfriends last weekend. One chose the gurnard with grilled veg, which looked devine. She was very happy with... More 

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tauranga
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107 reviews 107 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We headed into the Pier Hotel after being shocked at the menu prices at the Green Dolphin $38.50 for lamb plus extra for sides !!!! We were welcomed with a cheery smile and friendly hello at the Pier service was prompt the young waitress was although learning was up with the play and looked after us well I had the... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The food is a bit pricey but the view cannot be beaten. We sat outside at first and had a couple of beers, soaking up the sun and the view. We then moved inside to have dinner. We had calamari, whitebait, seafood platter and pavlova for dessert. Everything was very nice and pav was amazing. Staff could be friendlier and... More 

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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 9 - 29
Cuisine: New Zealand

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