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Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

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Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand
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115 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6343
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent seafood chowder entree followed by one of the best pork belly mains. We also had half a crayfish which was tasty too. All plates were generous portions. Highly recommended.

Thank Grant B
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Visited on Wednesday for dinner while staying in the Lobster Inn. When you buy a drink the bar staff flip a coin and if you call correct you get your drink for free. Meal was a good pub meal and lots of sport on the big screen.

Thank 447steve046
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Nice and close to the accommodation we were staying at in Kaikoura so wandered down for a cold beer and a meal. Friendly staff, good facilities (TAB and pokies) and decent pub grub on offer.

Thank Trimflat
Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Now the 3.time. ..breakfasts and meals are a disaster. ..cooked and service is very bad. .no efforts are done for improvement. .even to get jam the staff can't be bothered. ..warning....the staff even started arguments. ...wow

1 Thank 105black
Ashburton, New Zealand
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112 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

The restaurant, is part of the bar, so diners eat among the bar customers. We had a great meal, and for the price I thought are very generous portions. The service is good, and pleasant. The restaurant is certainly worth a visit, as long as your prepared to eat in a very active bar.

Thank 62Peter1952
Katikati, New Zealand
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Unfortunately we were there on the day Bathurst race was on and had to listen to some other patrons describe the race frequently using the 'F' and 'C' word. It would have been nice if the dining room upstairs was open so we didn't have to listen to their bad, foul, loud language. The waitress was really awesome so that... More 

Thank RoxanneBusan
New Zealand
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

The restaurant was a handy option as we were staying at the Motor Lodge attached. The service was friendly, the meals were huge and tasty. Certainly worth the visit. We dined later in the evening so it was nice and quiet.

Thank Geepnz
Hastings, New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Very nice motel and right next to a restaurant. However the TV reception is the worst experienced. Only 4 channels and a matter of fact note for you not to play with the remote. Little wonder when worse than "Preview"

Thank Alexander S
Invercargill, New Zealand
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Meal very nice, and reasonably priced. A testament for the meals would be the number of local residents that eat there.

Thank Darryl H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

After travelling to the seals and had a wonderful time, called into another place for a stop over/break, closed, so called into the Lobster Inn, the staff were very friendly, we got served straight away although there were a number of customers at the bar. Each time we were served straight away, we called back twice more over our visit,... More 

Thank Wendy B

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Restaurant Details

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Bar, Seafood, Pub, New Zealand
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6343
  • This restaurant is at Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

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