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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lamb” (67 reviews)
“seafood pasta” (15 reviews)
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Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had to wait quite a time for our food to arrive but when it did it was outstanding. I had seafood pasta and it was packed with seafood in a really tasty sauce. My wife had green lipped mussels baked in coconut milk etc...More

1  Thank Richard B
Reviewed 13 February 2018

While we are foodies, we aren't terribly price sensitive...but this place is both overrated and overpriced. We ordered assorted breads (at $NZ12.50) and got enough for 2 people to accompany our meal, with a strange pumpkin spiced butter. The bread was interesting and tasty though....More

1  Thank retiredconsultant
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

The Staff are very attentive & friendly. The view from the windows is outstanding. The food however is unremarkable. Some good some just really average. The Smoked Fish Chowder is really good & a small bowl is a big serving. The Calamari was very good...More

Thank Crystalrose54
Reviewed 12 February 2018

The service, wine and food were delivered and presented well and timely. the chowder needed the base stock vegetables pureed as still a bit "al dente". The lamb 2 ways: the lamb shank perfect, the lamb rack seared with raw loin center hard to cut...More

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Booked on the day ( a Sunday) and expected it to be busy and it was, and they apologise for being a bit short staffed, but actually it was fine, no major delays for meals and the staff were nice. Great views out front despite...More

Thank paulrichardson61
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Based on trip advisor reviews we booked here for our 1 night in Kaikoura. Must say it was extremely disappointing. Our waitress had no idea about the menu. There was no crayfish or mussels available, likely not their fault. Asked about the lamb, supposed to...More

Thank Jaspervet
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

The food was good but quite expensive. However, the service was a little slow but we didn’t mind as the view from the restaurant is beautiful.

Thank witchywo
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Excellent staff who were very accommodating. We ordered the lamb shank and the seafood fettuccine which were both absolutely delicious. Excellent restaurant. We would definitely visit again.

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Having read the glorious reviews we figured the Green Dolphin would be a great way to spend an evening, but we were quite disappointed. The bread basket was really good though. Followed by three mains - chicken, lamb and fish. The fish was very nicely...More

Thank acdenmark
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

We decided to treat ourselves on the first night we arrived in Kaikoura, so we choose Green Dolphin. We ordered Calamari, Mussels and half of the Lobster to share between two. Normally I would expect the squid to be battered when ordering calamari, so it...More

Thank Vadventures94
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3 August 2016|
Response from mickknap | Reviewed this property |
sorry cannot tell you ,i only visited for lunch,and don't know about the vegetarian menu,best go to there website for a look
molly s
12 January 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from greenbone | Property representative |
Yes we have vegetarian options.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$52
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
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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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