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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, Contemporary
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12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here for a family dinner on our silver wedding anniversary while on holiday on the South Island, and it was a perfect choice for a special occasion. The food was outstanding and the service was friendly and very attentive. We had a shared selection of breads and dips for a starter, and really enjoyed an unusual apricot and... More 

Thank kdtotara
Greater London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for our anniversary - staff were so friendly and their chowder was spectacular. The mains were hearty and very tasty - we couldn't fit in dessert! Highly recommend this place.

Thank ex123981
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place offered up a great smoked-clam chowder. It was a very generous portion, packed with delicious greenlipped muscles, very filling. The other half ordered an interesting fungi style brushetta. She will probably stick to tomatoes next time. The roast veggies were very nice on the side.

Thank HenrySH
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff and very nice food. I had fish of the day- yum. I was starving so had dessert too. Partner had homemade pasta. Would recommend this place for dinner.

Thank Tsmck
Ligonier, PA, United States
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Our innkeepers suggested this as a good dinner place. Lovely location good food and service. We shared the calamari and steak.

Thank Donald K
Mountain View, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I had crayfish( like sm lobster), husband had paua (like sm abalone) Not exceptional food. Pretty presentation. Good looking place. Over priced.

Thank startreklover
Toronto, Canada
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76 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Was there for dinner. Had a yummy curry and sweet potato soup and the fresh fillet of fish. Both were very tasty. Service was quick and efficient.

Thank Janlyn-60
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Went here because it was the nearest to where we were staying - exceptional food - the lamb melted in the mouth the pork belly was to die for - the entree and deserts were absolutely sensational - the service was excellent - highly recommended

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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150 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

What a classy restaurant this is. Exceptional world-class food complimented by wonderfully friendly staff and all in a warm, glorious setting that overlooks the sea. Brilliant to have this outstanding business in little old Kaikoura.

Thank TwoTravellers34
Arcadia, California
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

We had a marvelous dinner at Green Dolphin! The chicken breast was perfect with the mesclun salad. My husband had a very large smoked fish chowder that was magnificient (I loved it too). We topped off our delicious meal with Sticky Date Pudding which was amazing. The wait staff were very thoughtful too.

Thank DonnaandGene

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $52
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6666

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?