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“great view, ok coffee”

Esplanade Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 333 Restaurants in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, European
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Re-opened Oct 2013 under new management. No Reservations We are an Italian inspired eatery overlooking the beach in St Clair, Dunedin. Wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta is our specialty. Lovely bar area to enjoy excellent espresso or a glass of Central Otago wine, available on tap. Open 7 days and nights
Napier, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great view, ok coffee”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

We only called in here to check out the beach so went in for coffee only. We were allowed to choose a window table with a view and were given free water as well which was nice. We did not feel rushed at all and enjoyed the view while staying out of the wind. Will return to try the food.

  • Visited January 2014
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English first
Dunedin, New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Over-rated”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

I went to Esplanade Restaurant last night, expecting to have an enjoyable meal, with 5 of my friends. The waitress was very pleasant. The view was great. The pizzas were very sparsely covered in ingredients of choice, just enough that you could say they were there - lets face it, if you get one whitebait in a whitebait pattie you have a whitebait pattie. Some of the pizzas were soggy on the bottom, some were burnt, probably because they were so thin. I asked for garlic bread and received a pizza base with a few bits of garlic and a sprinkling of rosemary, and lots of holes and burnt bits. The wine was nice, desert was ok, and the company good, but will never set foot in the place again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“New management, new ideas?”
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Its hard to find somewhere in Dunedin that still serves brunch at 10.30am where you haven't been before so we took a cruise out to st clair originally looking at going somewhere else then saw esplanade was reopen. The new reno is lovely and we were seated straight away. Looking at the menu we were a little shocked: only 3 choices for breakfast and 2 were varities on an egg dish. We got one dish and the other option the panaforte. It was very tasty but the bread was a little dry, as it came with poached fruit I thought they might have had a little juice to soak up the bread but didnt. Coffee was good but small. We may go back but not for breakfast as my heart did a flutter at the 50 dollars for two people when I went to pay the bill as there was no prices on the menu.

  • Visited January 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“DISAPPOINTING”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were really looking forward to visiting the newly renovated Esplanade Restaurant at Saint Clair. The atmosphere and décor is excellent and the views are amazing.
Well quite frankly we were very disappointed - the staff were in your face all the time (over attentive to the extreme!) - we left as soon as we could because of this. We could not have a proper conversation without a staff person interrupting. The menu was disappointing and is also quite limited compared with the older Esplanade Restaurant . In the past this was a lovely family Pizza and Pasta Restaurant
$20 plus dollars for a smallish Pizza containing cheese a couple of basil leaves and 4 slices of tomato was a bit over the top.
We have had and enjoyed authentic Italian Pizzas before in Italy and believe me they were better value.

  • Visited December 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Authentic Italian pizza”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Under new management - ThIs Dunedin icon has been reinvented as a stunning casual Italian pizza and pasta restaurant by the sea. The food is fabulous but locals need to be prepared it is authentic thin-crust wood fired pizza - no cheesy crust meat lovers here! Great for the whole family with generous bowls of fries with lemon, parsley salt to helpful fill the kids and a good selection of simple salads, pasta, pizza and Italian deserts - small, elegant desert sizes at a reasonable price so no need to share! We love it have already been back several times.

  • Visited January 2014
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