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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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Contemporary
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12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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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 and nice atmosphere

This was recommended to us by my parents who had been 4 years ago and we weren't disappointed. The food was great (we had lamb shanks and steak for mains) and the staff were helpful and friendly. I imagine the views are great in summer (was already dark when we went) but it's cosy for a winter's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Jennifer C
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was recommended to us by my parents who had been 4 years ago and we weren't disappointed. The food was great (we had lamb shanks and steak for mains) and the staff were helpful and friendly. I imagine the views are great in summer (was already dark when we went) but it's cosy for a winter's evening too -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Owners Chef Matt and his wife Maitre'D Lou do a wonderful job and their restaurant is a real asset for Kaikoura. The menu is not overly extensive but what they do they do well and there are always a few daily Specials to add to the fare. The Mushroom Bruschetta Entree with Blue Cheese and Roasted Peanuts is a winner....although... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Stayed in Kaikoura at the beginning of a South Island trek and decided to eat at the Green Dolphin based on Trip Adviser recommendation. As other people have found, the food is fantastic but there were a few shortfalls. In our case it was because our order was mixed up and I received my fish main course, which was extremely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We loved the food, which was 5 star +. Generous fabulous rustic. They were overly busy and the service was stretched too far, or we would have given our experience a 5 (with some basic mistakes like not serving the meals together). We had lamb two ways and the fish, sharing the dishes between two, which worked really well. Then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We travelled recently to NZ South Island with our Brisbane friends & our meal together at this restaurant was certainly a highlight.It was without a doubt one of the best fish meals of our 3 week trip!! We were also impressed by the excellent wait staff.Thanks to all at Green Dolphin for a memorable dining experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The chicken was the best meal I have ever had, I don't like onions but they were so good I even ate them. The pork was like Christmas on a plate, it's so good you don't mind having it in the middle of August. The staff were absolutely lovely, I have many allergies and they were so helpful with what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had dinner here and the food was definitely delicious - very high quality and locally sourced. The wait staff were friendly (albeit not particularly efficient). I would recommend booking in peak season.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The Green Dolphin came highly recommended and we weren't disappointed, a recommended stop for anyone looking for a good meal in Kaikoura. Food of a high quality, impeccable service, lovely atmosphere and great views, what more is there? I had a splendid lamb selection, with both shank and rack, and my wife had the pasta. Both were great. I got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our B&B host recommended this as being the best restaurant in Kaikoura. We went and had a wonderful dinner. We ate fish and also lamb. At the end we were so attracted from the lobster on the other tables that we couldnt order one! Expensive but very good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Excellent apple crumbles, ordered a second serve after the first one. Coffee and steak were good. mussels were ok. Would suggest to try the crayfish at the BBQ kiosk next to the seal colony though. Dishes not served in order. Can do booking via email.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 52
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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