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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“chowder” (40 reviews)
“croquettes” (6 reviews)
“salad” (41 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

We had chowder and the special fish dish and it was of a high standard. Not the cheapest place but worth it. Atmospheric old Inn setting.

Thank Kneejoint
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food and great service...I'm a regular traveller to Kaikoura and love this place!! And a view that cannot be rivaled!!

Thank Jennie B
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

What a find! Fantastic view, fantastic menu and fantastic service - what else could you ask for? Although there was a sign saying reservations essential we were still able to walk in and get a table for two. Despite the number of diners the service...More

Thank Jaine C
Reviewed October 11, 2016

This was a return visit to the Pier Hotel. The restaurant is nicely appointed, modern and very clean. Staff were very helpful and attentive - and busy! Food was good, not the best breads and dips I've tasted and crayfish was ever so slightly overcooked...More

Thank brandy126
Reviewed October 11, 2016

Just a lovely place! Quaint old building with tables outside overlooking he bay for drinks. A joy to visit.

Thank OldPachaMama
Reviewed October 9, 2016

this was great pub food and wine. our meals were perfectly cooked and were very tasty. not in the main part of Kaikoura, but worth the visit - we were staying nearby, so very handy indeed.

Thank Sandy J
Reviewed October 8, 2016

We both enjoyed superb crayfish here this evening, one with fries and salad, and one with jasmine rice and home made coleslaw. $45 for each. The food was absolutely fabulous. Service was very attentive at the beginning, but faded a bit once the place filled...More

Thank Andy-S60
Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Lovely staff complimented a great setting. The food..set menu was delicious. Well thort out for 22 people wanting to eat togethet, this place delivered the goods with ease & grace - thank you.

Thank Airportguesthouse
Reviewed September 30, 2016

These folks were really busy but they fitted us in before some later bookings arrived. Magnificent outlook over the bay. An excellent meal with some nice NZ beer.

Thank RoyOz2016
Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

We were heading to Renwick and stopped for dinner. Great food and friendly service. The best seafood chowder! A great place to stop for a spot of whale watching. Would have love to stay here in Kaikoura. Maybe, next trip.

Thank jackaboy30
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
$9 - $28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, 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
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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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