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$7 - $38
Seafood, New Zealand, European, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

Maybe change your answer phone to let people know you are no longer operating so they don’t leave a message for a booking which means they have no booking and everywhere else is then booked out

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 25, 2020

The website says they're open but in fact they're shut. I rang and reserved a table but got no response. Drove past later on. Its clear they're not open for business. Dont waste your time.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 7, 2020 via mobile

Rang several times over 2 days & left messages for a booking. Emailed to request a booking. Noted that they weren’t open Monday. Didn’t return any calls or respond to email enquiry. Really poor. Got a booking at The Pier across the road.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 14, 2020

The Pier Hotel across the road was fully booked so we were thankful of getting a table for two as walk-in guests on a Friday evening. It was busy here also but we only had to wait briefly before being seated. There is not a...huge dining area and most tables benefit from a view out to the coastline which would be nice for a sunset. There was a choice of seven mains dishes ($34-$38) and seven desserts ($14-$15) and we had no difficulty finding something to suit our tastes. For mains we both chose the Fish of the Day ($36) which came with a crumb topping and was served on a bed of mash potatoes. We opted to have a side of seasonal vegetables to share in the absence of some greens with the dish ($7). The fish was nicely cooked but the sauce was predominantly melted butter. We enjoyed it overall nonetheless. For dessert my wife had Sticky Date Pudding with a caramel sauce and ice cream and I had their Eton Mess (both $15). Both desserts were good. By the time we had added a bottle of Bladen Estate Sauvignon Blanc ($40) our bill came to a total of £148 which we thought was reasonable value for money. There was an easygoing atmosphere in the dining area and staff were young and pleasant albeit service was not "rushed" which was fine for us as we were not in a hurry. We finished eating around 9pm and headed back across to the Pier Hotel for a nightcap. We ate here in March 2020, prior to Covid-19 lockdown.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed August 4, 2020

We called and left a message to make a booking. Their phone message said they were closed on Monday but it appears that they are closed permanently as they never called back. Their website said it was open on that day but clearly this hasn't...been updated. Lost our business....More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed May 21, 2020

This restaurant was very busy for a Sunday evening and we were given a very warm welcome. Food was excellent although it was more expensive than we had paid elsewhere in NZ. We were lucky to have a table near a window and the views...to the beach during sunset were wonderful.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 21, 2020 via mobile

I think you should go to this restaurant if you love love love love butter and cream. I cannot argue with people who say the food is delicious. However If you were someone who values really rich flavors that come from boiling downHealthy ingredients– –...Like a rich fish stock made from herbs and fish, you will come away disappointed. This is a cardiologist’s delight. Also surprised that there was only one fish on the main menu.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

Awesome meal with fantastic service. The food was so fresh and cooked perfect. Amazing atmosphere, location and service.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

Quick, efficient, friendly and very good food. More vegetables would have been good to make it better value.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020

We booked a table for 7pm, arrived five minutes early, were directed to sit and wait in the entranceway. Told that the tables were being turned around and wouldn’t be long. Another 2 couples arrived after 7 and were shown to their respective tables ahead...of us. The Maitre ‘d told us our table was nearly ready a couple of times. Several tables lay uncleared during this time. We were not offered a drink or given a menu to peruse. At 745pm we were shown to our table, then had to ask for a menu. Ordered the pate which was very tasty. Our main courses duly arrived. We had to ask for cutlery. We enjoyed the main courses, but our waitress had not pointed out that we should order side dishes of vegetables or salad. The wait staff appeared to be inexperienced, and unsure of the menu. This overall dining experience and service could only succeed in a tourist location which does not rely on repeat business.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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  • Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5