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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Somehow this beautiful building managed to survive past earthquakes and is situated right at the end of the bay in front of an amazing scenery of white rocks, rolling waves and far reaching views across the ocean. A lovely olde worldy atmosphere, coupled with a modern layout and interior. It was very busy and almost full with tables outside (across... More 

Thank Obidos-lover
San Clemente, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here because a local had recommended the place and it was so tasty and the service was great. We had the crayfish and also the green lip muscles. It was high end cuisine for a fair nice cost. I would defiantly recommend it. Also there are tables that face the water and that is a plus for ambiance.

Thank tamielyn64
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came past for lunch and some drinks. Beautiful view from the outside tables across the bay. We had Seafood Chowder - which was beautiful, and the open steak sandwich and they were both delicious. I must say their hot chips are the best I have ever eaten! So delicious!

Thank Mia W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the pier as a group the atmosphere was fantastic staff were very welcoming and the beer and steak can quickly he steak meal Was very tender and to cater to such a big group of us was amazing value and eye for detail aswell as offering us the assortment of desserts on special that night was a fantastic... More 

Thank harnettb
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've eaten at the pier a couple of times and its now one of our regular places to go when we visit Kaikoura. The sea food is excellent and worth a visit alone if you are a seafood fan. The wine selection is suitbly good with a bunch of wines from around the region (on our last visit we tried... More 

Thank arj66
London, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were keen to visit Kaikoura despite the recent quake and the devastation it has caused. We were staying at the Pacific Palms B&B and they told us that if we rung The Pier that they would pick us up and take us to the restaurant - it was really blowing a gale and threatening to be stormy with a... More 

Thank Polly D
Blenheim, New Zealand
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here the other day, beautiful day and lovely sitting outside there near the water. the food is good pub food, he had the Pork sandwich which looked great, he enjoyed and I had the pub snack basket, that was very good as well, the chips are yummy. Got sunburnt as well so dont forget sunscreen if sitting... More 

Thank turtle63
Blenheim, New Zealand
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was very busy on our arrival and we were told there was an hour wait before we could dine so we went into the bar for a drink while we waited. The view across the water up to the mountains is beautiful. An hour later we were seated for dinner, the calamari as an entree was lovely and... More 

Thank Bewitched11
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had New Zealand green shell mussels in a tangy, sweet coconut milk sauce. They were fabulous and beautifully presented. The staff was friendly and professional. The prices were very reasonable. We even were picked up and dropped off at our accommodation (Austin Heights B&B) Reservations are a must. Nice ocean view.

Thank Ellen J
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely historic hotel to spend a weekend. We booked the King Deluxe room with a view. The staff were friendly and helpful and the seafood restaurant was excellent. It was a special birthday weekend so we treated ourselves to the crayfish dinner which was divine! We also had complementary bubbly with our meal which made it extra special... More 

Thank Gail R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $27
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids
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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