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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, 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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  • 42
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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
Fish - of course!

My family and I visited this lovely restaurant upon the recommendation of our hosts at the Nikau Lodge. Seated at the window looking over the Kaikoura bay we were waited on wonderfully by the staff whose loving description of the fish of the day course sold it to us instantly. The Little Men had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
DarcyJones
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My family and I visited this lovely restaurant upon the recommendation of our hosts at the Nikau Lodge. Seated at the window looking over the Kaikoura bay we were waited on wonderfully by the staff whose loving description of the fish of the day course sold it to us instantly. The Little Men had homemade pasta and ribeye steak, which... More 

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Brisbane
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Green dolphin is a fantastic restaurant in kaikoura New Zealand. We had a wonderful meal and the owner Lou is such a great host. Would recommend highly to anyone visiting the area. Service and quality of the meal is exceptional.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely restaurant with modern cuisine. They were all very friendly with great staff. The food was absolutely excellent. The crayfish was stand out. We recommend you eat here for a special top notch night out.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Chose The Green Dolphin based on TripAdvisor reviews, and found it to supersede all expectations. Having previously decided on Tutis, we left because the meals appeared to be more of a pub type (chips with steak etc). The Green Dolphin was a lovely way to finish the day with beautiful food, delicious wine and extremely warm and friendly staff. Have... More 

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Wellington
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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Singapore
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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