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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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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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Torquay, Australia
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015

The service was friendly and the atmosphere was lovely. Great music. I had melt in your mouth steak and my hubby had falling off the bone lamb. The veggies in jus were scrumptious, soft yet crispy. We loved every mouthful.

Thank azzapensta
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281 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

We had dinner there for the two nights we were in town - the food was superb. Try any of the seafood - as fresh as it gets. They had a lamb dish on the specials board and that was very tasty. Cheese cake was phenomenal!

Thank Inukshukasia
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2015

I've only had great experiences here. The food is on the slightly expensive side but definitely worth the price, the meals are high quality and amazing. Great meal sizes too, very satisfied with this restaurant. The serving ladies were super friendly and attentive too. Great main meals and awesome desserts too.

Thank lanieve5552
Hong Kong, China
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

We wanted a nice meal on our last night in kaikoura and stumbled upon this restaurant on trip advisor. The menu though limited is quite well laid out. We had the lamb shank and the fish of the day, both of which were exquisite. We had a lip smacking chocolate fondant with mint ice cream for dessert. I would recommend... More 

Thank neha A
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015 via mobile

Celebrated my dad's birthday here. Great choice as food was beautifully cooked. Local fish was great. Meat dishes were yummy too.

Thank OzCarebear
New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

We visited the Green Dolphin over a couple of weeks as we were working in the area. It was delicious every time we went and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. They even arranged catering for us on one of our days. The seared paua was my fave.

Thank Gaysorn T
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Have to book. Being a weekday evening we underestimated the popularity but luckily managed to get a table for two after a 45 min wait. Wine choices - good. Plenty of New Zealand wines which we were after to taste. Both the starters and the mains were excellent. The dessert divine. Full compliments to the chef.

Thank rHarshen
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

We looked forward to try the crayfish but unfortunately it wasn't available that night. Instead, I orders seafood chowder and hubby and 2 year old both had fish of the day. They were all very nice dishes. I loved the smoke flavour of the fish in the seafood chowder. My husband's fish was very tender. Overall, a nice dinner.

Thank rosemaryt1106
Cheshire, UK.
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75 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015

This was our second visit to Kaikoura and to the Green Dolphin. It did not disappoint.the food, service and ambiance were super. Fist time in the summer and daylight when views accross the water are lovely, and the walk round the bay is a pleasure. This time on a September evening which was dark and chilly, but the restaurant was... More 

Thank Ary60
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94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

We had a lovely meal and enjoyed watching the water across the street. They had a great selection of fresh fish, mussels, etc, to choose from, a great wine list and friendly staff. We got their early and were able to grab a table by the window, and easy parking in their lot. I had a lamb special, which was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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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