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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Mumbai, India
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Nothing great about this place except for the location. Seafood platter is average and the service is ok too. I was expecting a lot more but hey, when you have Kaikoura the food is secondary anyways!

Thank Vraj G
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101 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here 2 weeks after the earthquake with work colleagues. The place was very busy but food came out really quick. Fish and chips was great. Even the chips were something else, possibly panko on them. Drinks were not a rip off either. The view sitting outside is insane. I'll be here for the next few months with work and... More 

Thank DaveBevin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Introduction How can a person rate the Pier Hotel in Kaikoura ("the Pier"), other than to say the Pier, its ownership, management, staff, premises and location are really something special. Compared with the best hotels I have stayed at when travelling locally and overseas, the Pier has it all, and the rest. Background After retirement and much planning, I shipped... More 

Thank Russell H
Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great pub to dine at - cheerful atmosphere, friendly staff and generous-sized main courses!

Thank HMR2014
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Pier Hotel is by far the best eatery in Kaikoura. The quality verus price is second to none, and the service is beyond exceptional. The staff not only take care of you but actually speak to you and listen to your needs. Want a quick meal, they will help. Want a break between courses, just say and they will... More 

Thank Dave D
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27 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great menu and food at this pub - which defies its title. Friendly staff from all over the world. Plenty of seafood on offer to try the local delicacies - crayfish, whitebait, paua...well worth a visit.

Thank Owingee
Glen Allen, Virginia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The vegetarian dish (pumpkin fritter with salad) was spectacular, reasonably priced and the service was fast. The crayfish chowder was overprice, had so much cream that you could not taste the crayfish and practically stuck to the spoon it was so thick.

Thank Eileen A
Strathpeffer, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel is well placed on a spit of land with good sea views from some tables. Well populated menu which provided good food. Service was fast,efficient and friendly. It is best to make a reservation though as it can get busy

Thank michaelfleming687
Ballina, Australia
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had previously dined here a few years earlier and had a sublime experience. The views were still spectacular, over the storm-tossed bay to the snow-capped mountains in the background, after a frosty ale it was all getting up to a familiar speed. To be perfectly honest though, some elements on the night weren't quite working for us. The service... More 

Thank SimonW123
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice dinner of crayfish, special fish of the Day and mussles. And super delicious salad far beyond expectation!

Thank siyuans2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 27
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037
The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?