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“Amazing Seafood Platter” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sonic Bar Cafe

Sonic Bar Cafe
West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6414
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Ranked #22 of 40 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $8 - $24
Cuisines: Pizza, Seafood, Grill, Brew Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Description: The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and Grill we have a range of food to suite all tastes and preferences. Whether you are in for a drink or to dine you will enjoy our stunning views of the ocean and mountains and our friendly staff will look after you with table service. We are the only restaurant in Kaikoura's main centre with a view located opposite the Information Centre just look for the big fish. We are a Mac's Brewery Bar with plenty of beer, wine and cider we are so obsessed with Mac's beer that we have matched every dish to it's own beer. The $20 small pizza and Pint deal and sit drink and dine on our massive sun deck and terrace looking over the sea. Come and discover the locals best kept secret and Kaikoura's only specialised Gastropub.
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“Amazing Seafood Platter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

My daughter and I had a seafood platter at Sonic 2 years ago and it was so amazing especially the seafood gumbo.
We have been waiting to go back there and today we made it. Tim who served us last time was our host again, he organised the seafood platter again for us even though it wasn't on the menu and made sure we were looked after the whole time.
The food more than lived up to our 2 year anticipation and that coupled with the great atmosphere and service I encourage every one to go there.
Thanks Tim can't wait for our next visit.

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Middlesbrough
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102 reviews 102 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Excellent fish and chips”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This was the first time we had tried Blue Cod and we were not disappointed, it was delicious, the chips were also very tasty.

Visited November 2014
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Cleckheaton
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136 reviews 136 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 85 cities Reviews in 85 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Super.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Dined here with my wife. We had had a drink here earlier and were impressed with the menu. The food was excellent the local fish in particular. Service was quick despite the pk]lace being busy. Wine a little pricey.

Visited November 2014
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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96 reviews 96 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“GREAT VIEW”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Ate here for dinner twice during our Kaikoura stay.
Our first meal was outstanding - a delicious garlic, herb & cheese flatbread enjoyed with a glass of wine followed by Mustard Chicken with a creamy leek sauce on mash with stir fry vege. The veges were crisp, the chicken tender, the creamy leek sauce not too creamy and so tasty.
Our second night however we both chose the souvalaki - it was tasty enough but not fabulous, just average.
The decor inside could do with a make-over with a few smelly corners (water damage) to avoid but it's the outdoor dining that's the best with a view over to the water.

  • Visited November 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great food. Good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We were in Kaikoura two nights and we ate at Sonic Bar both nights because the food was so good. There was plenty of choice but my husband had the Merino medallions both occasions, he enjoyed them so much. It's also an ale drinkers' paradise - there's so much to choose! Service was good and all the staff are very friendly.

Visited November 2014
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