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Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

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115 Beach Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
(03) 319 6343
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  • 15
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Big and Tasty Meals

We ate there as part of a family of five. The meals were big, tasty, and value for money. Looks a bit rustic from the outside but definitely worth the visit. You cannot really miss the place either as it has a big metal lobster hanging off the front,

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
McGrath_11
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We ate there as part of a family of five. The meals were big, tasty, and value for money. Looks a bit rustic from the outside but definitely worth the visit. You cannot really miss the place either as it has a big metal lobster hanging off the front,

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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The Lobster Inn was so busy that they had to open up the restaurant. We had a great meal and the lady manning the restaurant by herself did a good job.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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250 reviews 250 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The bar is on the ground floor and you can have a bar meal in there, however there is a restaurant on the first floor and this is where we had our meal. The restaurant was recommended to us by the hotel we were staying at (Aspen Court), and it turned out to be a good recommendation. I had seafood... More 

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Warwick, UK
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at The Lobster Inn. The rooms are modern and the view out the back is fantastic. The bathroom is well equipped and has heaps of hot water. It is in a great position for the town and the Ohau stream seal walk, which is a 20 minute drive away. The only down side was the road... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We ate here on a Thursday night and the place was scattered with a handful of locals. Some playing pool. The green carpet and decor leaves a bit to be desired but that's not why we were there. We ate downstairs and ordered at the bar. They said the restaurant was upstairs but there was no one up there. My... More 

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Nouméa, null, New Caledonia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

For a city slicker like myself, on the outside (and inside) the place doesn't look like much...but don't let the RSA-esque pubby façade fool you. The seafood chowder was delicious!! They gave a generous portion and even considering how fantastic the meal was, the highlight of this dining experience for me was the service. I've never been so pleasantly surprised... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This inn was recommended by staff at Aspen Court Motel as I wanted to try NZ cray fish- we were not disappointed- I had the baked crayfish - delicious. James served on and he could not have been more helpful with his recommendations- thank you.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Cooked an OK steak which was complimented with a very nice mushroom sauce with chips & salad all very nice. The pub itself is quite noisy but to be expected.

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Fort Mohave, Arizona
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150 reviews 150 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We ate in the restaurant that is attached to this fine Lodge. It's upstairs with a very nice bar and nice view looking outside. We both had the seafood chowder for $!3.50 and it was very good!! The bar downstairs was really packed as it was a Saturday night. Must be a great local hangout by the amount of people... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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147 reviews 147 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

The meal that I had was fantastic, not that I can remeber what it was but It was a very good dish of chicken wrapped in bacon, with a tasty sauce and served with salad, also went together will with a lovely white marlbrough wine

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 115 Beach Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: (03) 319 6343

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