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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, 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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  • 400
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  • 135
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 19
    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
Great food

We had seen reviews on Trip Advisor and tried it on spec one Saturday evening. They accommodated us no problem although it seemed quite busy. Staff were charming and service was good. The food was really lovely ( except for the Paua which my husband choose to try and didn't really enjoy) especially... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
Fatcat2631
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had seen reviews on Trip Advisor and tried it on spec one Saturday evening. They accommodated us no problem although it seemed quite busy. Staff were charming and service was good. The food was really lovely ( except for the Paua which my husband choose to try and didn't really enjoy) especially the blue cheese/ date roll dessert....fabulous. Nice... More 

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Ashbourne,
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52 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My husband and I tried to get in this restaurant as we travelled through Kaikoura but was unsuccessful so we made sure we didn't miss out on the way back. the staff were excellent, the view and ambiance was great the food topped the evening would highly recommend a visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Having read the reviews and had recommendations for this restaurant we were really looking forward to a great meal on our last night in Kaikoura. We did not book a table but there were only a few people in the restaurant when we arrived. The starters of calamari and chowder were fine but we had to wait for nearly an... More 

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Kiama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The minute I walked into this restaurant I had the feeling the service would be great, the staff would be friendly and up for a joke, the wine would be top shelf, the food we make your mouth water, and it was all this and more, I will have no trouble recommending this restaurant to anyone, the view is also... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Nice menu including an excellent chowder and crayfish combo, plus good service, a nice comprehensive wine list and a splendid view. Also a cute little cat in the car park on the way out. Worth the walk out of town if you're staying closer to the middle of Kaikoura.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It's great when you find a place with great service. The guy that looked after our table was grea, he even suggested a fabulous reisling that I really enjoyed. I loved my steak, but I would have like to have known that I needed to order veges separately to get enough for a meal. Would definitely recommend it though.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Our b&b owner recommended the Green Dolphin for dinner and we really enjoyed it. The fresh fish of the day was probably the best we have enjoyed during our NZ trip so far. The dishes are all simply prepared but attractively presented and, most importantly, really very tasty! The wine list offers a wide choice and our local sauvignon blanc... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We booked early based on the reviews for a short trip to Kaikoura. We had a window table reserved, staff were very attentive, great menu & were very impressed by the food when it arrived. For the quality of food it was also very reasonably priced. Would certainly recommend & would go back again next time.

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Northern Ireland
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179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We, family of four, enjoyed a lovely dinner here on a very wet night in April. Booked earlier in the evening. Good service and quality of food was very good - Nice ambiance, very busy but well attended too. No complaints and four happy diners. We had car as it is a little out of downtown Kaikoura - which we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We choose this restaurant based on reviews and were not disappointed. My wife had the Lobster, I had the lamb. The lamb was served two ways, a couple lamb chops and a braised beef shank? It was awesome! Definitely a repeat.

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