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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, Seafood, European
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (42 reviews)
“salad” (45 reviews)
“crawfish” (175 reviews)
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12:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very nice and lively bar and restaurant with outside tables, very informal. Great food, can definitely recommend the crayfish and the seafood platter. Friendly and attentive staff. Booking ahead is recommended, the place is very busy - and rightly so.

Thank Muireall
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This along with the beach BBQ is the best place to eat in Kaikoura but you must book in advance. Try the seafood platter it is excellent. Some really nice ales as well. The stout is excellent.

Thank paulwacca
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very busy place, bookings recommended. Friendly attentive staff. We had the best fish dinner on our first night in Kaikoura and had to go back the second night. I had a delicious pork dish and hubby had the best seafood platter he’s ever had....More

Thank SueRog88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I arrived early and spent some time wondering around the premises. There's a small playground for kids just outside the restaurant. The restaurant opened promptly at 11am. Service was friendly, though serious short-handed. Food was decent as well.

Thank Kc T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely location. Restaurant was only 1/3 full yet food took an hour to arrive. It was nice, but only ‘nice’ when it got there. Staff looked harried, hurried and avoided eye contact - other tables who came in later were served before us. And some...More

Thank ladyofswanlake
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just sat down at our table, this guy at the next table turned to us, with joy in his eyes, telling us it’s the best seafood platter he ever had. It was, indeed, one of the best.

Thank Qs_singapore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice spot to stop for dinner. Popular & the food is great along with scenery to die for. Lots of people & very busy on Saturday night- booking a table is a wise decision

Thank Happinessfulled
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a popular venue so probably advisable to book a table, although we did visit on a Friday night. Staff are friendly and helpful with a comprehensive menu, although as you would expect there is a varied offering of fish. Portions are generous and...More

Thank Sandi4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the recommendation of our hosts at Hapuku Lodge in Kaikoura, we had lunch at The Pier Hotel Restaurant immediately upon arrival in the small town. It was my first introduction to New Zealand crayfish, and while I thought $55 was outrageous for HALF a...More

Thank Janice B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No wonder this place is packed most days. Service is very efficient despite the large relatively large numbers of diners which made the restaurant feel very buzzy and welcoming. Delicious seafood and fish items - my gurnard was dish of the day and really tasty.Highly...More

Thank Leighites
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 27
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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