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Sonic Bar Cafe

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Brew Pub, Pizza, Seafood, Grill, Pub
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413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6414
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene
Description: The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and...
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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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice relaxed bar....a bit pricey for Backpackers.

Nice spot Ocean view Outside seating Smoking area Mixed menu Local beers Great seafood Pizzas looked good Clean loos Great staff Recommend the local on tap beers

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Teesdalepark
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Darlington
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Wellington, New Zealand
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317 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed sitting outside overlooking the sea. Staff were helpful and our drinks arrived quickly. The Macs ginger beer with alcohol was a favorite of mine.

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Darlington
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274 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice spot Ocean view Outside seating Smoking area Mixed menu Local beers Great seafood Pizzas looked good Clean loos Great staff Recommend the local on tap beers

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Thank Teesdalepark
Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had our both meals here yesterday and were most impressed with very comfortable seating and super views too . Food was also not bad . Seafood platter was quite adequate for two persons !!

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Thank Alokdhir
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222 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really good food, but very very bad service. When we arrived we've been told to wait 1 hour for food. We waited for nearly two hours and people arrived much time later than us arrived have been served before us. Unacceptable. However the seafood platter was very good.

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Thank Paolo M
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Came in on a Tuesday evening at 7pm in peak season. Took about 70min to get our food and kids were starving. Food came out at different times. Waitresses didn't get English that quickly. Food was good and beers nice. The view is beautiful and Kiakoura may be one of the most awe inspiring places in the world. There's free... More 

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Thank Allard765
Naantali, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We had an exquisite seafood meal at Sonic Bar Cafe in early December - the best meal during our three-week trip of New Zealand! Do not let the appearance of the place mislead you, it may not look very fancy but the food, wine and beer were excellent. Very friendly service, too.

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Thank sirpar255
Epsom, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The bar was spacious and the open fire was lovely. The food was tasty, we had souvlaki and the service was excellent. Meals were all reasonably priced. We enjoyed it.

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Thank 186Steve
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Had a goid meal at a good price!! Cheep cold beer on tap! Nice seafood options. Had a blast Thanks guys 👍

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Thank Haydn H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Seafood platter and cowder were great! Nice helpfull service! Great place at the sea wonderful view!! We will come again☺️

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Thank Anneliese H
Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We sat at the table outside where we had our own fireplace. The food was really good and good selection of beer and wine. Best bar to stop at while in Kaikoura in my opinion.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3 319 6414

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 21
  • Cuisine: Brew Pub, Pizza, Seafood, Grill, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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