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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

) #1 of 36 Restaurants in Kaikoura €€ - €€€ , Seafood, European
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (40 reviews)
“croquettes” (6 reviews)
“crawfish” (170 reviews)
Restaurant 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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Have eaten here for the past 2 nights and the food has been spot on. Crayfish, lamb shanks - all prepared beautifully. I remember coming here several years ago and having the same reaction. Highly recommend this hotel for meals.

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Booked in for an evening meal. Very busy place and you knew why when our meals arrived. We had a steak option and it would be one of the best we have ever had at a restaurant. Perfectly cooked . Wow.

Thank Jill A
Reviewed 5 days ago

We always visit the Pier hotel when in Kaikoura. Great place to have a beer while looking over the sea to the mountains. The food is delicious especially the seafood and the service is excellent.

Thank Bridget H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the best seafood meals for sometime. If you are visiting Kaikoura then don't miss out by not eating at this great eatery. We were late arriving, but no problem for the staff. The setting was nice and it was the best...More

Thank Mark N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great lunch here after doing the complete peninsula walk. Ale was delicious, service fast and friendly and the steak sandwich was quite tasty. Highly rexommended.

Thank Eric H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in for dinner and were so impressed. The food was absolutely delicious perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. The service was excellent and timely. There is a lovely decor with wonderful character. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank janine d
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Sitting on a table , enjoying a Steinlager on tap looking out the window across the Bay to the Alps....Heaven... And the food ..sensational , i had the best Fish and chips and my wife had the crayfish

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 4 July 2017

The Pier Hotel is busy, with all sorts of people coming to eat and drink, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly and efficient. It overlooks the sea and its décor features some fine models of sailboats, giving it a maritime feel...More

Thank PatrickDrysdale
Reviewed 29 June 2017

We had a great evening at the Pier...very many years since I have been there ....we had whitebait, scallops & crayfish ....all cooked perfectly and teamed with very fresh and delicious salads ...great staff, friendly young folk ....thoroughly recommended.

Thank Morkuss
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

Went looking for a seafood dinner and came across this restaurant by accident - we weren't disappointed! Large half crayfish - giant sized mussels all so fresh - great kids meals, friendly welcoming service - and we're hoping to go back for lunch tomorrow!!

Thank Chinacol A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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