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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, Dessert, 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
The lamb dish was outstanding

This place proves that good honest cooking, with top produce and cooked to perfection with love and care, can match a fine dining establishment in satisfaction and no doubt top some of them for value for money. The restaurant was packed on a Sunday night with potential diners being turned away, so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
WalkersWA
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Perth, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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Perth, Australia
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142 reviews 142 reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

This place proves that good honest cooking, with top produce and cooked to perfection with love and care, can match a fine dining establishment in satisfaction and no doubt top some of them for value for money. The restaurant was packed on a Sunday night with potential diners being turned away, so it would be wise to book or turn... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful diner. People are very nice and attentive. Happened to be next door to the motel we staid in. The chowder was delicious, the famous cray-fish was also very good, although quite expensive for such a small portion. The view is fantastic, better to be there early to enjoy it. Needs reservation.

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Alice Springs
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We had a lovely meal here and received very professional service. I had the abalone which was nicely cooked, vegetables etc are paid for separately as a side dish. My partner had the lamb and he loved it. They had a great selection of beers and wines. The dried fig crackers with blue cheese and walnuts in honey was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Attended with friends a week ago whilst staying in the area came highly recommended. No sea views as it was dark! Waitress very helpful Fish of the day-God knows what it was but very tasty, friends equally pleased with crayfish, Pawa and chicken dishes! Desserts less pleasing but still very good.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

On our first planned South Island tour, and lovers of fresh crayfish, we had Kaikoura as a MUST visit to sample the so called mecca for fresh crayfish. Being from the north island and regular visitors to the Coromandel where family members regularly dive for crayfish we regularly consume this delicacy straight from the sea. We were shocked to see... More 

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Lusby, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner at the Green Dolphin. Good service and a great wine list. We had the Abalone special that I thought was one of the best Abalone dishes I have ever had. Topped that off with a bottle of 2012 Passage Rock Reserve Syrah that was the best bottle of wine we enjoyed in New Zealand.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Arrived on spec without a booking, recommended. given a table on the outside terrace. Excellent food and service for a reasonable price.

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Leicester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Our B&B hosts recommended this as being the best restaurant in Kaikoura now that one or two restaurant had closed down. They kindly booked for us and we dutifully turned up. Announced ourselves and were told our table wasn't ready so would we mind waiting. All OK so far. We sat outside as it was a pleasant evening and anticipated... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had the paua and steak. The paua dish was well executed, tender and flavourful. The steak was normal and not really outstanding.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had to wait for our table although we have booked a table, but that gave us some time to study the menue so we could start straight away after we got our table. The crayfish was delicious, and a whole crayfish is not too much for one. The lamb was tender and well presented. Good wine recommendation and very... More 

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