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“Nice way to finish the day”

Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #2 of 60 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $52
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Simply spotted this one driving past - nice menu - not a particularly large range of choices but certainly sufficient, and very good produce, and not surprisingly the local crayfish featured! Meals well presented and tasty, good wine and beer list, and friendly service. The restaurant is in a nice location, although the interior decoration is a bit rectangular and sterile. Several outside tables which I didn't spot until seated at my own meal, would have been nice.

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Thank polarbug
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

We go to this restaurant every time we visit Kaikoura. The menu is somewhat concentrated on seafood. The calamari starter was fine but nothing special (tender, but a bit lacking flavour-wise), but the chowder was magnificent -- thick, lots of seafood, fantastic flavour. Similarly for the means: the lamb shank pasta was fine, but the stuffed chicken breast excellent (flavourful stuffing, perfect sauce, served with crunchy roast potato and veg). Restaurant decor and service both fine.

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Thank lapras
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

First night there in a most pleasant, airy restaurant with very able and friendly staff of international origin. Lovely starters then our main course got lost... literally, through breakdown in communication between waiter and kitchen. Almost an hour for main dish to be presented with much apology. Instant reaction to offer us a free desert and glass of desert wine. All accepted.

Overall quality of fish and crayfish excellent, and otherwise an enjoyable experience.

We're encouraged by staff to book following night to help them make up for our experience and we took them up on their offer. Doris, our German waitress delivered on time, on spec and a truly enjoyable experience at a lovely table. I had venison and my wife had ribeye which we both enjoyed as well as glorious green lipped mussels for starters and their delicious lemon meringue tart with wafers and ice cream for desert washed down with lovely Brightwater Pinos Noir.

Hard working crew deliver a top performance, building on their earlier mistake and that works for us.

Well recovered Green Dolphin

Thank Alistair G
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

We sat and looked over the water on our first evening in NZ and enjoyed an excellent meal in this relaxed bistro style restaurant. We both chose fish which was fresh and delicious. The service was attentive without being pushy. Good food, reasonably priced, good service, great views .. what more could you want?

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Thank Gerald C
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Lovely relaxed restaurant with sea views. Attentive service. Came across a great wine....the Passage Rock chardonnay from Waiheke Island was delicious. Had the chowder to start, followed by the crayfish. Both cooked perfectly. Great company, views, wine and food.

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Thank Katcha1977
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