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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (51 reviews)
“seafood platter” (39 reviews)
“pavlova” (17 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 647 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

Fantastic lunch. I had the pork open sandwich and my partner had this super fresh crayfish meal. Worth every cent. Seating indoor is lovely and the outdoor benches are great in the sun too. Perfect location by the sea

Thank lpletersky
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Recommended by our B&B what a great find excellent food and I’m a veggie and great beers. Do book ASAP as it gets really busy and has a wild motorhome site nearby . It is a restaurant that also has that pub experience so u...More

Thank Steveca32
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wonderful atmosphere - busy but very friendly and attentive. The crayfish 'signature' dish was delicious, although the pricing structure was a bit confusing. Plenty of other menu choices as well. We enjoyed our first visit so much, we booked for the next night as well,...More

Thank PostcardSwansea
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great looking place, busy restaurant, you have to book the night before. We had fish, chowders, appeared overcooked. The shell fish one was overpriced and small. Sadly we felt we should have ordered something else. Service was good and friendly.

Thank alastair n
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on the walk to the Seal Colony for lunch, and had lovely fresh crayfish and a glass of wine. The views are beautiful, the atmosphere relaxed and the food delicious. Worth a trip if you want to try some finer food without the...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed one night as the road was shut and i could not get home - the room was very clean. Staff were extremely friendly - i woke up and had my breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea. It is a pub but i...More

1  Thank teri340
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lively bustling restaurant. Staff are kept busy but manage to give attention when needed. Food is plain but tasty. Nice range of NZ wines. You need to book.

Thank rob d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I were in Kaikoura for one night and wanting to hop around and try as many venues as possible... Opted for The Pier Hotel for a few drinks at sunset. We were completely blown away by the service. Ben was so friendly,...More

Thank Abbey C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice pub overlooking the bay,food excellent i had the seafood chowder it was to die for! Lovely friendly staff,nothing too much trouble for them.Advise you book ahead as it is very popular and rightly so!

Thank Amanda A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attentive service, good selection of food. I had thee crayfish chowder which I thought was good value for money considering how much crayfish costs. Can understand why it gets good reviews.

Thank carolynmangan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$27
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037
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The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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