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Esplanade Restaurant

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2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
+64 3-456 2544
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08:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 08:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri 08:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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Kiwi on the loose
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very accommodating and pleasant staff, no booking but still okay. Great pizza bread starter and all our meals good - quality and quantity. This restaurant is in a prime location. Special views of beach and surroundings set the tone for a pleasant experience.

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Thank Bertn
ohio
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102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here twice during our visit to Dunedin based on a recommendation from a local as a place with great atmosphere and they were right. Food was ok- pastas were fair, hot chocolate good, chips ok. Food very fresh tho not fast. Loved the view of ocean beach and surfers We took the number 8 bus from the city... More 

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Thank Elizabeth B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a pizza and a pasta dish which tasted authentic. It's In A great location which helps it and has nice decor, felt it was a little overpriced and staff seemed cold

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Thank kenmon19
Dunedin, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive and food very average. Went some time ago so hopefully it has improved since then. Had a very average but authentically talian pizza

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Thank clairnase
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well it was busy today on a calm balmy Dunedin morning.Takeaway Coffee was ok, and the cup presented ones were great. Pity about the grumpy barista two smiles short of a kiwi-host, but I guess I wouldn't have wanted to be working this morning either. Disappointing really, cos this is a neat place with good food and surroundings.

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Thank samandhenry
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place on the corner opposite the ocean. Great satff, great food and nice atmosphere. The seafood specials are worth a try.

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Thank Kevin L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

have not been here for a couple years as last time we found the service slow!. Was here for lunch and have to say it has not improved. After 15 minutes on waiting on my drink i made inquires and then they come back to say they were sorry didn't have what i wanted so i ordered something else. Lunch... More 

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Thank Judy H
Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly, the location cannot be beat! Just about every table has a great view of the ocean and esplanade. Secondly, the food is yumm. My husband and I often go there for lunch- we usually share a salad and a pizza (the Salsiccia is divine). The pizzas are the thinner crust version and tasty. Pastas are excellent too....I love the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great location on the waterfront a St Clair. A busy night, and crowded, but service was OK, and food was good.

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Thank Craig R
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoy the food and friendly staff. Great views out to sea. Can be very busy so tend to choose an early lunch. Pizzas are great . Wood fired pizza is delicious served with a rocket and pear salad.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 19
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 23:00
Saturday
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-456 2544
Description
Re-opened Oct 2013 under new management.

No Reservations
We are an Italian inspired eatery overlooking the beach in St Clair, Dunedin. Wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta is our specialty. Lovely bar area to enjoy excellent espresso or a glass of Central Otago wine, available on tap.

Open 7 days and nights

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?