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Sonic Bar Cafe

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New Zealand, Brew Pub, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Grill
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413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6414
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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

Excellent meal with plenty to choose from. Seafood platter was delicious. Friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. Only downside is the desserts are pretty pricey...but the gateau was yum.

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Thank Bronwyn I
Adelaide, Australia
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

What a lovely relaxed vibe this place has. We visited in October - it was warm enough to sit outside and take in the ambience - the ocean to the side and the snow capped mountains in front. Breathtaking! Great service and we had fun trying a few different beers. We ordered the seafood platter and it was great value... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

We called into this waterfront restaurant early in the evening as a break from the drive to our destination. We ordered the Fish Platter to share accompanied by a beer each for our meal. The platter, which was accompanied by flatbread and three dips, came with: gurnard fillets, green lipped mussels, salt and pepper squid, butterflied prawns, and a salad.... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

great food, good views let down by being understaffed. I realize it was a very busy weekend but expecting 1 person to handle food and drink orders when the people were 4 deep at the bar was crazy. There was a great range of beers and the food, when it arrived, was very tasty.

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Thank Annie908
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015

It seemed quite a quiet night at the Sonic when we ate there but service was a little slow,think this was due to the kitchen rather than the waiting on staff who were very friendly and helpful. The food was very good and great value with a great selection of beers.

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Thank Fatcat2631
Cairns, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

Nice food, nice price. Great selection of Macs obviously! Bar staff busy but still friendly. Great flavors from the kitchen

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Thank James B
Alice Springs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

Had dinner here on our first night in Kaikoura and it was a great start to our holiday. Friendly service, fantastic fish n chips served with a lovely fresh coleslaw and great beers. Just what we were looking forward too and would definitely go back.

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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

The pizza was hand made and tasty. The beer was cold. The service was above average. Pretty decent spot for a bar. I can see it being a pretty good spot during the summer months.

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Thank Jeremy K
SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you we are pleased you enjoyed your fresh handmade pizza. Pleased you enjoyed our tasty cold Mac's beer and the service. Would like to point out we are a restaurant as well as a casual brewery bar. Cheers More 

spokane, wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

Great Food, Beer, Service and View what more can you ask for!! We sat out on the patio and had a great evening.

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SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased we ticked all the boxes and you enjoyed your time at our establishment. Cheers The Sonic Team More 

Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2015

I enjoyed a meal here last night,we arrived late and were made real welcome,the food was top quality and fresh,the owner Tim was a excellent host,we had some picky eaters on our table of 12 , nothing was a problem for him and his chef , Thanks again.........Give this place a try , don't read into armchair Ramsay reviews!

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Thank CAZNA60
SonicRestaurant, Owner at Sonic Bar Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much. I enjoyed serving you. Your group was a lot of fun and we are pleased you enjoyed our fresh food and service. Thanks for the great review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 22
Cuisine
New Zealand, Brew Pub, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Grill
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6414
Description
The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and Grill we have a range of food to suite all tastes and preferences. Whether you are in for a drink or to dine you will enjoy our stunning views of the ocean and mountains and our friendly staff will look after you with table service. We are the only restaurant in Kaikoura's main centre with a view located opposite the Information Centre just look for the big fish. We are a Mac's Brewery Bar with plenty of beer, wine and cider we are so obsessed with Mac's beer that we have matched every dish to it's own beer. The $20 small pizza and Pint deal and sit drink and dine on our massive sun deck and terrace looking over the sea. Come and discover the locals best kept secret and Kaikoura's only specialised Gastropub.

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