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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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Contemporary
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12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
03319-6666
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Food supported by Excellent Service

Due to an early booking we were given a window table offering great sea views. We were greeted by Zoe, a very engaging and knowledgeable French maitre d', and our ongoing service continued to be very pleasant and professional from all staff. After pre-dinner drinks from the Bar, we settled on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
Peter A
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

Due to an early booking we were given a window table offering great sea views. We were greeted by Zoe, a very engaging and knowledgeable French maitre d', and our ongoing service continued to be very pleasant and professional from all staff. After pre-dinner drinks from the Bar, we settled on the chicken and lamb mains which were tasty, impeccably... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We only spent one night in Kaikoura and decided to get dinner at the green dolphin. Service was fantastic, great wine recommendation, atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. The highlight though was the food. The lamb was the best lamb I've ever had. The combination of everything was just amazing. Will definitely go again whenever I am back.

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Kiev, Ukraine
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455 restaurant reviews
1,300 helpful votes 1,300 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

First of all the service was outstanding friendly - and this means something in New Zealand. But also the atmosphere and the food was lovely. I had the Marlborough Green Mussels and they were fantastic - while the Seafood Chowder was okay. If you go there, eat the Mussels - OUTSTANDING!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Our host from anchor inn recommended this place for a good meal. She was right. We had a lovely dinner here.

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Really enjoyed this restaurant the staff were very friendly and attentive and we were lucky to have a window seat. The food and wine choices were good and the food excellent.

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Really lovely restaurant with amazing food and good service. Do book ahead and they will do their best to give you a good table.

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London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The Green Dolphin was a cut above the average with a good menu and well cooked (and presented) food. The lamb in particular was very good. Excellent friendly service. You need to book as they turned a lot of potential diners away due to lack of space. shows how good it is!

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Toronto
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193 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

good food and good view of the harbour. We noticed portions were ample, so just had mains. Tried the lamb which came out med. even though we had ordered med. rare, but it was very tender and flavorful, so we didn't send it back. Delicious roasted vegetables.

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West Linton, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We arrived without a reservation and were lucky to get a table. It is very popular especially considering it is at the edge of town. A good menu with food excellently prepared and presented

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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Our B & B owner recommended this restaurant to us and we were not disappointed. The food was some of the best we tasted in NZ during our months holiday day. I had the Rack of Lamb, so tasty and tender, my wife had the fish of the day which she thoroughly enjoyed. Booking is essential and if possible try... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 03319-6666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 52
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?