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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

After a day whale watching we wanted some tasty but light supper which was was indeed what we got - can I prise the recipe for the apricot and walnut loaf out of you?

Thank KMMorr
Littleton, Colorado
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114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great views at this restaurant and very good food. We all shared a whole lobster between 4 adults and then ordered some little plates of other things, like seafood chowder.

Thank MattR224
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went to Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar in Kaikoura in March 2017 and it was a very good experience. This is the right place to enjoy a good view of the Kaikoura bay while enjoying your delicious food. The location of the restaurant is perfect and if you are driving they have a parking place just... More 

Thank Joana O
Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

From a restaurant you want, Good Food obviously, Good Selection of Wine, Good Atmosphere, Pleasant Friendly Staff. All without paying over the odds. The Green Dolphin offers all of the above in abundance. The 'Green Lip Mussels' were fantastic. The 'Crayfish' was to die for. They are not just a fish restaurant, their menu was extensive & you should find... More 

Thank miketeresamcb
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We had a very tasty dinner here and having made a reservation had a window seat with a bay view. We went on the lighter side: Breads plate (nice variety, with good dips), Roast Beetroot and Feta salad (good consistency to the beetroot and plenty of other ingredients), and the Smoked Fish Chowder (absolutely delicious). The restaurant became crowded while... More 

Thank Mark A
Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Lovely restaurant, prime location. Charming service. Smoked fish chowder was delicious. Crayfish main was delicious. Brulee dessert was delightful. Musical soundtrack was excellent and unobtrusive.

Thank hydrographer54
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely restaurant with amazing views, food was really great. Can highly recommend the fish of the day cooked to perfection.

Thank LucyOsfax
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

We had a very enjoyable meal , you must book as it gets booked out very quickly . Mixture of fish and meat dishes popular for Crayfish .

Thank Chillywasps
Tamworth England
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Visited this venue again with friends and the food is always good. The fish due to the location is fresh and thoughtfully cooked making the whole experience first class. By far the best in Kaikoura for a great evening meal. If going around eight o'clock suggest booking as the dining gets busy.

Thank Sunbeam8
Castle Hill, null, New Zealand
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The reason we have rated this slightly lower than usual was due to two factors. First we were asked if we wanted fizzy or still water. When we said "fizzy" we were not told that it was going to cost $10 for a bottle of fizzy water. The second, and most disturbing, was that when we to pay our bill,... More 

Thank 88snowdragon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$10 - US$52
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?