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“Great food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar
12 Avoca St, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
03319-6666
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Ranked #3 of 42 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $17 - $52
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Our family had a beautiful meal at the Green Dolphin, it was a great way to end our holiday.
The meals where lovely, they catered for our 2 children perfectly! The service was wonderful and very friendly. We could not fault a thing!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Great food and even better staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed a delicious meal including the crayfish and ribeye. The atmosphere is perfect and cozy. But the best feature is the staff. Lou attended to us and she was fabulous, friendly and relaxed -- embodying all that we love about NZ! She and the staff need a raise Matt! We'll tell all our friends in ChCh to come visit the Green Dolphin. -- from the Americans living Kiwi style...

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice way to finish the day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Simply spotted this one driving past - nice menu - not a particularly large range of choices but certainly sufficient, and very good produce, and not surprisingly the local crayfish featured! Meals well presented and tasty, good wine and beer list, and friendly service. The restaurant is in a nice location, although the interior decoration is a bit rectangular and sterile. Several outside tables which I didn't spot until seated at my own meal, would have been nice.

  • Visited January 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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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
“Consistently good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We go to this restaurant every time we visit Kaikoura. The menu is somewhat concentrated on seafood. The calamari starter was fine but nothing special (tender, but a bit lacking flavour-wise), but the chowder was magnificent -- thick, lots of seafood, fantastic flavour. Similarly for the means: the lamb shank pasta was fine, but the stuffed chicken breast excellent (flavourful stuffing, perfect sauce, served with crunchy roast potato and veg). Restaurant decor and service both fine.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Game of Two Halves - They just came through”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

First night there in a most pleasant, airy restaurant with very able and friendly staff of international origin. Lovely starters then our main course got lost... literally, through breakdown in communication between waiter and kitchen. Almost an hour for main dish to be presented with much apology. Instant reaction to offer us a free desert and glass of desert wine. All accepted.

Overall quality of fish and crayfish excellent, and otherwise an enjoyable experience.

We're encouraged by staff to book following night to help them make up for our experience and we took them up on their offer. Doris, our German waitress delivered on time, on spec and a truly enjoyable experience at a lovely table. I had venison and my wife had ribeye which we both enjoyed as well as glorious green lipped mussels for starters and their delicious lemon meringue tart with wafers and ice cream for desert washed down with lovely Brightwater Pinos Noir.

Hard working crew deliver a top performance, building on their earlier mistake and that works for us.

Well recovered Green Dolphin

Visited January 2014
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