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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have not visited here but my partners parents have, this restaurant have been a god send for us!! Marg and Bro (PARENTS) are in their 80s and were looked after by the green dolphin whilst the earthquake happened. Marg & Bro were holidaying over the road from the restaurant with no phone...power...etc. THANK YOU for keeping an eye on... More 

1 Thank KimMandy69
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the Green Dolphin for dinner on the one night we stayed in Kaikoura. The restaurant has a beautiful setting and is warm and lively. The seafood was predictably very fresh and the preparations were also very good, particularly the green lipped mussels. But compared to the other top restaurants in NZ, we thought the service didnt match... More 

Thank AshishNichani
New Zealand
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely atmosphere,beautiful food,and lovely views from dining room. The crayfish was wonderful and wine list good.All together a lovely experience for a two day stayover.

Thank Judenewzealand
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Told them we would be late, they kept the table and kitchen open for us. Had Seafood - very very good. Meat dishes looked very good too. Wine was great. Service terrific. View good too. this is a great place to eat.

Thank HTFU
Santa Monica, California
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were shown to a window seat which gave an excellent view of Kiakoura Bay from the pier end of the lower town. Food was good but the chef should not smother the taste of good food with sauces or spices. Some variation away from the NZ standard menu of steak, lamb shank, pork belly or stuffed chicken would make... More 

Thank circumnavigator2016
Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth the money. The four of us had the crayfish, pork belly, and seafood linguini. Good but not great and not worth the money. We had better crayfish at the seafood BBQ food truck for half the price.

Thank Phil G
Wanaka, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a lovely dinner at this Restaurant last year, and wanted to return again this year. When we arrived our waitress was friendly, took our orders. brought us our wine, and that was the last time we saw her. Another waitress brought us our entrée in good time. We waited for over an hour for our waitress to bring... More 

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London, Canada
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32 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Green Dolphin was recommended to us by the owner of the hotel we stayed at in Kaikoura and it lived up to the recommendation. Great food, good service and nice views. Be sure to make a reservation.

Thank TwoNuggets
Telford, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Beautiful view from the restaurant and the food was delicious! We both had the crayfish price is on weight. We paid $90 for around 300-400g.

Thank Becky L
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

All round brilliant restaurant, the staff were brilliant, food amazing and topped off with incredible views. There's nothing not to like

Thank lkbenno

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$52
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free 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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?