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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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Contemporary
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12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
03319-6666
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 369
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    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Excellent food and staff

We visited this restaurant at the start of our tour, we were so impressed we planned to call in three weeks later. Amazing food , fantastic friendly staff , beautiful views over the sea. You need to book in advance or you might have a long wait.. Must try the local crayfish so fresh best in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We visited this restaurant at the start of our tour, we were so impressed we planned to call in three weeks later. Amazing food , fantastic friendly staff , beautiful views over the sea. You need to book in advance or you might have a long wait.. Must try the local crayfish so fresh best in the South Island. Very... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If visiting Kaikoura a visit to the Green Dolphin is a must. We visited twice in 2 days. Position of restaurant is perfect. The tables are carefully positioned so you are not too close to each other.The staff exceptionally good. All pleasant and eager to serve well. However delightful the main courses were the Chocolate Fondant is to die for.... More 

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Shanghai, China
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We had great dinner experience at green dolphin this Feb. Also we did not book a table in advance, the waiter made a nice arrangement for us and recommended freash dishes as PAUA for us. The dishes were nice looking and taste great, and waiters stopped by our table to check comments and see what needed from time to time.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Very good serving by Zoe & Bram in the restaurant. The lobster is perfect and the dessert to! Because a lot of people want to eat there (not surprisingly), please reserve a table on time.

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SW, UK
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108 reviews 108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This was one of two restaurants recommended to us by our hotelier. Made a booking mid afternoon for that evening. So pleased we booked as the restaurant was very busy and obviously very popular. Very reasonably priced considering two of our party of four had a whole crayfish each. The starter (very tasty brusetta) the main course (crayfish delicious) and... More 

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Kent, England
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8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is a busy restaurant, and no wonder. Everything was superb. It has an attractive view over the sea, the food was outstanding and the staff were not only technically very good and efficient, but were also great fun. Special mention of our waitress Lou. It is a few weeks ago, but I can still recall the flavour of the... More 

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Moraga, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We recently had dinner at the Green Dolphin and were very pleased with our experience. It was too cool to eat outside, but the dining room is very pleasant. I had the pork belly and my husband had the rack of lamb--- both were cooked perfectly. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We visited on a Sunday evening and the restaurant was very busy. Our table of 4 shared bread and dips as a starter and then all had different mains followed by a good coffee. The meals were of a good size and each of us commented on how good the food was. We had fish of the day (gurnard), lamb... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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166 reviews 166 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We really enjoyed our first visit here....my husband had the lamb special and I had the fish special; both were excellent (as were our desserts). Special kudos to Emily, our server. She was absolutely delightful and such a hard worker. The Green Dolphin is fortunate to have her. (She deserves a raise if that's possible here in NZ for wait... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We have been between beef and lamb for over a week and now are pretty craving for seafood. This is an extremely nice choice. We have lobster, puna, mussel, garlic loaf, homemade crumbles and dried dog salami. Love each course and want to be back! The waiter is very friendly and recommended us very nice wine. The only thing is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 03319-6666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 52
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

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