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“Lovely restaurant with fantastic location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #2 of 57 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $52
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brisbane, Australia
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely restaurant with fantastic location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

We really enjoyed our evening especially as we were seated at a window table with views to the bay and mountains beyond. The food was delicious although a hearty bowl of seafood chowder was a bit too filling as a starter. My fettuccini marinara was very tasty and my husband really enjoyed his venison. The waitress brought our bill before we had the chance to order desert (which we then ordered anyway) and the coffee machine was malfunctioning but apart from that I would recommend green dolphin and suggest you ring and book a table at the front with a view :)

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

We went here on recommendation and found it superb. The welcome by the lady owner (her partner cooks) was fantastic and the location, food and service faultless. We loved it and would have gone back the next evening but they were full with a local wedding. A 'must' when in Kaikoura!

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Dannevirke, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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“eat well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

its the place to have a gr8 meal or for any venue,the food is tops,the staff are most welcome,thay are happy to serve you with a smile,well done,

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50 reviews
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“Excellent Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

The Green Dolphin is my favourite restaurant in Kaikoura and I recommend it to all my guests. The menu provides for all tastes and the seafood is par excellence. The staff is friendly, without being intrusive and the view from the window is fantastic.
I would happily recommend this place to all discerning diners.

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“Very small menu, but good views across bay.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

We went here for a birthday meal. We were staying at the Aspen Lodge on the other side of Kaikoura. They said they would make the booking for us. When we got there they had not made a booking and they were very full. But they fitted us (thank you) we had a drink outside and waited f or a table. We ordered 4 gin and tonics. Maybe coming from london we are used to places knowing how to serve drinks, gin and tonic should be served with ice, a slice lemon or lime and freshly opened individual bottle of tonic. Served in a tall hi ball glass. With out a straw. But the waitress was so nice this a minor fact. They were nice to drink. As mentioned the menu is very small but what they do they do well. We all had a calamari to start, very nice and dressing was very good. Then the stuffed chicken breast was moist and flavourful. The other mains of lamb and steak also looked very good. The waitress was very attentive and friendly, I think she might of canadian or american. A real credit to your establishment. Overall very good and def worth visiting if in the area.

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