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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lamb” (62 reviews)
“crayfish” (137 reviews)
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Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 November 2015

I was really looking forward to our dinner at the Green Dolphin, after all the positive reviews. Found it to be very disappointing. Bread dry, calamari so tough could not chew and pork belly dry. Had better seafood pasta in a food court for a...More

Thank Leonie S
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

Food was not good. Cray fish was dry and not cooked well. We ordered medium rib eye, but it came more of a well done. Deserts - were basic... Nothing special. Bottom line - food not great. Unfortunately - service was not good as well,...More

2  Thank Ran A
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Great view from our table looking back over the Pacific and the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains. It was a busy evening, as it was Race Day. There was an adequate and friendly staff to accommodate the crowd. I tried the individually fried white bait and was...More

Thank George C
Reviewed 2 November 2015 via mobile

This was our second visit to the Green Dolphin, last being two years ago. The food was just as delicious-local fish (Gurnard) with Hollandaise sauce and was served with roasted vegetables. We had an amazing window table watching the sun set. One dish came out...More

Thank lynenrique
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Went there last week and once again very very good food. Sea food chowder the best we have had for a long time and the main of fish of the day was done to perfection. Will go again when in Kaikoura.

Thank jeff_fay
Reviewed 28 October 2015

I have just had a meal with my wife at the Green Dolphin in Kaikoura; this was a celebration of my partners 50th Birthday, so it needed to be good. I did take a good look around to find a suitable restaurant; there are after...More

Thank philipbed4d
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The food served in this restaurant is beautifully presented and full of flavour. The service was good, meals served quickly. Presentation and taste was as good as it gets. Reasonably priced. Well worth a visit.

Thank fdgroberts
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

It was ok. The service was great. But the food is definitely overpriced for what it was. The crayfish was delicious, but quite small for $58. But the steak, worst steak I have ever had. The sauce was plain and burnt tasting.. Not quite sure...More

1  Thank foody l
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Food was really nothing to shout about. Order special fish of the day and fish pasta. Frankly, the taste left us disappointed.

2  Thank SingLai
Reviewed 19 October 2015

We found this restaurant in Kaikoura, not in the town but going out towards the seal colony. I had the most superb meal of Lamb , both rack and shank, it melted in my mouth. , ! Not over the top expensive but worth every...More

Thank margaret b
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Questions & Answers
3 August 2016|
Response from mickknap | Reviewed this property |
sorry cannot tell you ,i only visited for lunch,and don't know about the vegetarian menu,best go to there website for a look
molly s
13 January 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from greenbone | Property representative |
Yes we have vegetarian options.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 52
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, View
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6666
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