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All 42 Kaikoura Restaurants

Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
03319-6666
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Ranked #3 of 42 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $52
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Felixstowe
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Fortunately, we booked in advance, otherwise you might be disappointed. The staff who were very much under pressure with the volume of customers were still polite, friendly and most of all very co-operative. The meal was excellent (squid salad followed with the Lamb special) and my partner who is vegetarian had Roasted Tomatoe soup and a pasta dish, both being... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

The food was excellent, we had the pork belly and steak (both beautifully cooked and presented. Portions were very large and the service was very good. But the one factor that prevent getting 5 stars was the design of the venue. It felt a little tired and not in keeping with the quality of the food. Overall a lovely dinner... More 

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New England
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you are a fish lover (like me) the Green Dolphin serves excellent and well prepared local fish. If you are a meat lover like my husband, your preferences will also be well served. The fish chowder was excellent. Our dinners were terrific - imaginative and delicious preparations. The staff was knowledgeable about the menu. This may have been our... More 

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Wow! I was really surprised at the level of service here. It was very attentive, but not pushy. The food was excelent, and the surrounding could not be beat!! Would recommend in a second!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

Great service, beautiful surroundings and the food was delicious! We all hope to come back soon, we loved it..thank you for the great night out.

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Lahaina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We were turned away from a restaurant that was approximately one third full by a young woman who made no apology , nor explanation as to why 2 of us could not dine when tables inside and out were vacant. She actually told us we should have come the night before as they weren't busy. Two lonely diners on the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I was really disappointed. This restaurant was starred in Lonely Planet, but the food was pretty lackluster. The fish was over cooked and dry. The lamb was sub-par.

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Boston
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We visited the Green Dolphin Restaurant on a cool, wet night in November. Unfortunately, what would have been a spectacular view out the tableside window was limited by the foggy windows and the low ceiling of clouds due to the rain. We pressed on and tried to order mussels for an entrée but the server informed us they did not... More 

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Called in on spec, and were lucky. Good ambience, quality food, good service. Lovely views. So good that we immediately booked in for the next night.....and weren't disappointed then either!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Everything about this medium sized restaurant is great. We were impressed with the service & the food was easily as good as anything we had in NZ, and that's saying something! Make sure you try this when in Kaikoura.

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Additional Information about Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Address: 12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03319-6666
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
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
Average Prices: USD 17 - 52
Cuisine: Contemporary

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