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The Groper Garage

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Bar, Pizza, Italian, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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48 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 7407
10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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Parkgate, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

We were struggling to get a table anywhere in Kaikoura on our first night there and stumbled upon the Garage. We had the best pizza we have ever eaten with fabulous fries to go with it. Great chat and very good value. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank David T
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Place looked great and has a really good set up, however, that was as good as it got for us. The waitress was lacking in knowledge about the dishes, forgot cutlery (which is regularly excusable but not when coupled with burnt food and an inability to answer questions) and when we asked for steak knives we were informed that the... More 

Thank Jenna R
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Stopped by initially just for a drink on a sunny Friday afternoon. Ended up staying for fried calamari and then a pizza as we just couldn't resist the delicious smells coming from the kitchen! Both were very well cooked - crispy batter and fresh calamari, and very tasty pizza. They had one guy dedicated to the pizzas and he did... More 

Thank crayfisharecool
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

On a cold grey summer Sunday we were enticed in by the outside fire. Staff were very friendly, coffee was delicious and the calamari tender and crispy coated.

Thank Pete_Katikati
Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

A great place for pizza. Family friendly. outdoor wood fire was burning away...in summer. Would be great in winter as there's another awesome fireplace inside. Family friendly.

Thank Robyn B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

They've done a fantastic job with this place. We chose to ignore the pool tables at the back and focus on the fires (inside and out), the booths and the bar area with the open kitchen that let you follow the preparation of your superb food. We stopped in for lunch and had three bowls of the freshest, most richly... More 

Thank David R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

We had "Lord of the Squid Rings" pizza and it was so tasty! The crispy fish & chips was also excellent and it came with bonus glass of white wine for great value. Much better than the overrated fish&chip shop down the road.

Thank Vonnle
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

The venue looks great Great setting bar and fire place but the food average at best Had the 3 nibbles Chicken was dry and over cooked but eatable Fish like wood Calamari like rubber Pizzas looked good and we didn't have one so menus envy So in short stop for a drink and maybe a pizza

Thank Damorob
Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed the individual pizzas and the live wood fireplace. The pizzas were delicious and the atmosphere was comfortable and warm

Thank Rod H
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

Wouldn't normally do this but was so bad! Family of 6 stopped in Kaikoura for breakfast. Ordered and eventually presented with probably the worst meal I have ever been served. Benedict sauce was split and curdled and when sent back just added more to the top. Pancakes burnt and omelette like scrambled eggs! Coffee burnt. On complaining was told they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 21
Bar, Pizza, Italian, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 7407
Located in the heart of Kaikoura, just minutes away from beach, the Groper Garage boasts fresh yet affordable food and beverages available from 11 am every day with comfort, warmth and friendly staff ready to greet you on your arrival. Whether looking for an intimate booth for you and your friends, to shoot some pool or just lounge on our sofas in front of our open fire, we have you covered.

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