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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free
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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We called in after going to the seals, and had a drink the lunch menu was very up market, and nothing for a casual lunch, very pricey so had a drink and left

Thank Wendy B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Above average pub food. Not fine dining, and not romantic but good honest food. We had chowder, calamari, rosti and pork belly all were delicious. Priced accordingly. Not bad but not great. 4 stars for comparing against pub food.

Thank Camille S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was good .we turned up 30 min early and I could see chef was going to have full seating so we did have to wait alittle for our starter. Lamb shanks and hog roll awesome meals. Good cray if you have 90 for a full one.room was cold and meals were out before starters finished.

Thank marce280
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome spot. Great service. Was very impressed by the meal. Really warm and comfortable. Had visited this pub with my folks as a child so was great to be back there.

Thank Wendy S
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited The Pier for a late lunch after a morning swimming with Dolphins, all we wanted was some good food and lots of it and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was quite empty when we visited and had a nice pub feel about it, we ordered our food and drink at the bar and it was all brought... More 

Thank Joe L
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24 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was disappointed with the food having read good reviews about the place. We ordered the calamari, whitebait and crayfish chowder. We wanted to order mussels but were told it was reserved for the platter order only. The calamari dish was too salty for my liking. Crayfish chowder was nice but we were surprised by the small amount given. It... More 

Thank Jenjen26
Baltimore, Maryland
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366 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a great meal upon arrival in Kaikoura, out my the water with friends. The food is good and the view is spectacular!

Thank GlobalStaci
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186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very simple spot; no fuss. Great seafood; big portions and friendly staff. Good parking; wander along the seafront. Plenty to do nearby; some shops and other restaurants in close proximity.Good coastal walks but make sure you have a high factor sun cream!

Thank Teesdalepark
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

During our visit to Kaikoura it was suggested that we visit this restaurant to savour the local crayfish. We had an extremely pleasant evening on a table outside the restaurant overlooking the water in the bay. The meal was excellent! The evening was very memorable and it left a very lasting impression of this part of New Zealand

Thank PeterChare
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Just stopped to watch sun go down over mountains and for a beer. Great pit stop. They are now offering a place to park self contained campervans next to pub great value too.

Thank ChestyGriz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $27
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037
The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.

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