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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great pub to dine at - cheerful atmosphere, friendly staff and generous-sized main courses!

Thank HMR2014
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Pier Hotel is by far the best eatery in Kaikoura. The quality verus price is second to none, and the service is beyond exceptional. The staff not only take care of you but actually speak to you and listen to your needs. Want a quick meal, they will help. Want a break between courses, just say and they will... More 

Thank Dave D
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27 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great menu and food at this pub - which defies its title. Friendly staff from all over the world. Plenty of seafood on offer to try the local delicacies - crayfish, whitebait, paua...well worth a visit.

Thank Owingee
Glen Allen, Virginia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The vegetarian dish (pumpkin fritter with salad) was spectacular, reasonably priced and the service was fast. The crayfish chowder was overprice, had so much cream that you could not taste the crayfish and practically stuck to the spoon it was so thick.

Thank Eileen A
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is well placed on a spit of land with good sea views from some tables. Well populated menu which provided good food. Service was fast,efficient and friendly. It is best to make a reservation though as it can get busy

Thank michaelfleming687
Ballina, Australia
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had previously dined here a few years earlier and had a sublime experience. The views were still spectacular, over the storm-tossed bay to the snow-capped mountains in the background, after a frosty ale it was all getting up to a familiar speed. To be perfectly honest though, some elements on the night weren't quite working for us. The service... More 

Thank SimonW123
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice dinner of crayfish, special fish of the Day and mussles. And super delicious salad far beyond expectation!

Thank siyuans2015
New Zealand
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at The Pier. Good location with ex sea views. Food was excellent.Staff helpful and a good experience all round

Thank Judenewzealand
Christchurch New Zealand
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An old style hotel building with gastro pub food as opposed to usual and ordinary hotel bar meals. Fresh seafood as well as other choices well presented and cooked to perfection. Both meals and drinks are competitively priced given their quality. Staff are bright cheerful and attentive without being intrusive. Recommend the grilled crayfish.

Thank ilsogno
Nontaburi, Thailand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we got a recomend from I-Site for this resturant, I has order local lopster and the lopster was so fresh and test so good another thing is the view in front of this restuarant so beautiful

Thank Ongart O

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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
$8 - $27
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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
Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
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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