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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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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, Dessert, 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
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As previously mentioned there are not many restaurants open in Winter in Kaikoura but lack of choice did not mean lack of options. We were directed here by our motelier and he suggested we book. It was a Sunday night but, fortunately we took his advice, because the place was packed. Despite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Helly13
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Wellington
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As previously mentioned there are not many restaurants open in Winter in Kaikoura but lack of choice did not mean lack of options. We were directed here by our motelier and he suggested we book. It was a Sunday night but, fortunately we took his advice, because the place was packed. Despite being busy the staff we very friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

They are the only restaurant opened during winter, everyday. Moreover, they serve really wonderful food with some element of fusion food. The 2 must try in Kaikoura and in this restaurant is crayfish and paua (abalone). The crayfish was of decent size and done al dente. Simple fresh goodness from the sea with roasted vegetables to accompany. The abalone is... More 

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Umina Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Nice cosy restaurant with a good view. The food was very good BUT it took far too long to get it our mains ...more than an hour !!! The staff were very friendly and seem to be foreigners ( French & Canadian ) and that was the theme in many places we ate in NZ. The Otago wine was good... More 

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Atherton, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We wound up at the Green Dolphin on a cold blustery night - when we had planned to eat at the pub, but their kitchen was closed for renovation - so the Dolphin was the next closest eatery. Waited an exceptionally long time for garlic bread, which turned out to be very very oily - and then another long wait... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We were part of a group. There was over an hour's wait for the food and when it arrived it was on oversized plates with very little food in the middle, although the meals were tasty enough. I ordered the fish, which consisted of 4 very small fillets. I was going to wait for the vegetables until I realised they... More 

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

A roaring woodburner welcomed us to a comfortable, stylish and homely restaurant which served up a delicious seafood including the best cooked gurnard ever. Background melodic jazz tunes complimented a delightful evening.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Easily the best restuarant in town... Highly recommended... We had Lobster, fish, Abalone, pasta... Definitely worth the $$$$

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Lovely meal! Very high quality and standard of food. Excellent service, staff couldn't of been more helpful, friendly, professional and above all very tolerant!!!

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Went here last night as a birthday treat. Great atmosphere- we nabbed the table next to the fire as well. Mushroom bruschetta and calamari to start- both very fresh and tasty. We chose Canterbury lamb, rack and shank- the meat was very tender and fell off the bone-divine. The roasted veg and potatoes also delicious. Highly recommended, we had a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We arrived without reservations. Since it was fairly early they managed to get us a table before the restaurant really filled up, but reservations are definitely recommended. We had the green lipped mussels, the lamb and fish of the day. The mussels and lamb were very good, while the fish of the day was good, but not as good as... More 

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Additional Information about Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Address: 12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-319 6666
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 52
Cuisine: Contemporary

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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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business
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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