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Esplanade Restaurant

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2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
+64 3-456 2544
08:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 08:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri 08:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to the Esplanade on a Thursday night and between us had pizzas and pasta. The food was excellent, the 4 seasons pizza was perfect. Had a great night apart from on of the male wait staff basically just throwing the menus down onto the tables and ignoring us after that. Luckily that was not the case for them all... More 

Thank BillyH56
New York City, New York
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate two pizzas which were pleasant, although a little soggy from an overly watery tomato sauce. We still enjoyed them and would order then again. The accompanying pear, pecorino and walnut salad tasted of overpowering vinegar.... such a shame that a subtle and delicious salad was let down with the dressing. We then ordered dessert which was a major... More 

Thank ThomasSmith876
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Been here for brunch with the partner and a works christmas dinner. The pasta was delicious. Brunch pizza was good. A great place to go on a nice sunny day.

Thank kristyawood
Austin, Texas
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572 reviews
415 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bustling with locals on a Friday night, I suspected the food would be good, and indeed it was! Wood fired pizza and craft beer on a cold night by the picturesque beach. Very nice.

Thank John K
Wellington, New Zealand
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Saturday for lunch with family. Service was prompt and polite, and we were seated immediately. The pizza was good value and tasted nice. The fries were the star of the day - excellent value for money in terms of portion size (excellent for sharing) and they were adequately seasoned. Would go back for those alone!

Thank frontfootcoverdrive
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like Pizza... A lot. I've visited around 35 countries now and always try to sample a pizza if available. The Margarita pizza here was absolutely the best I've ever had. Grab a window seat overlooking the ocean mid afternoon while the restaurant is quiet and enjoy!

Thank Tony W
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Visiting from the Australia..came of across this restaurant for brekky which was great...had to go back a few days later for lunch. Was not disappointed. Very authentic Italian made pizza...probably due to the fact the chefs are Italian and the pizza dough is imported form Italy!!...I had the Capricciosa...really light base that melted in your mouth...highly recommend!

Thank WBE2016
Hokitika, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Great pasta and a wine on a cold Dunedin day. Food fantastic. atmosphere warm and cosy. Good Waitresses.

Thank Hokitika1
Dunedin, New Zealand
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The menu is mainly pizza with additional dishes throughout the menu, although we just enjoy the pizza along with a cold beer. It is nice to spend time here with friends and enjoy their company and share a laugh. During the summer you can gaze out the windows towards the ocean and during the winter they have a great log... More 

Thank 896melh
Nelson, New Zealand
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249 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My son took me here as a special treat; he had found it well worth visiting in the past. This time, it was so disappointing. Yes, it was a beautiful day, a Sunday in spring, so there was plenty of business on The Esplanade in St Clair. The restaurant/pub/cafe was busy but not that busy. The food arrived in a... More 

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No7Bal, Owner at Esplanade Restaurant, responded to this review

Ciao Whosemother Thanks for visiting us on a beautiful St Clair Sunday. I'm sorry to read that your hot chocolate was missed off your order and then failed to be hot enough - we have spoken to the team and can reassure you that this has been addressed. We are pleased though that otherwise you enjoyed your time in our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$19
Italian, Pizza, European, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-456 2544
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?