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Esplanade Restaurant

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2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
+64 3-456 2544
08:00 - 23:00
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Sun 08:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri 08:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the view directly out to the waves crashing on to St Clair's beach. It wasn't busy when we arrived just after 10am but it was filling up as we left. And for good reason - tempting baking, good coffee and service and we had some excellent eggs, with the potatoes getting a special mention. The location and ambience were... More 

Thank Kaz A
Manchester, United Kingdom
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298 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just called in the Esplanade for drinks on a couple of occasions without eating anything, however the place was quite busy and the food look ok, drinks and bar area was more than comfortable and in a great position on the front at St Clair overlooking the beach...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great family dinner here tonight. The service was welcoming and efficient and the menu has something for everyone. The antipasti was good if a little expensive and the arancini and zola pizza were underwhelming. The margherita pizza, meatballs and rucola salad were excellent and there is a good drinks selection. Overall a great meal and we'll likely... More 

Thank Andrew O
Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Out of around 9 of us, pretty much all thought our meals were bland. One had ordered a deep fried dish with different sea food and there was no sauce..a very dry dish. The place felt squashed in and as i was on the end of the table, i felt in the way of everyone. I wouldn't dine there again.... More 

Thank Sheryl-Nathan
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is great to get genuine Italian pizza and not the spongy NY "pizza". Calzonni is great too. Good menu choice. Great coffee and service too

Thank rci618
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a late afternoon coffee.Were welcomed and seated with great views of the water.You cannot book this restaurant and every subsequent night we went past it it was very full.Ordered a garlic pizza bread which was delightful .The service was excellent and would loved to have come for dinner .I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant because of the atmosphere... More 

Thank James B
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very busy place which you can see why, nice atmosphere with a good range of food and selection of craft beer. What more can you want!

Thank Digory
te anau
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great tasty meal with friendly prompt service. Been to eat there before and love it. Nothing was a problem for the staff

Thank lyon82
Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Esplanade has an extensive menu and is very well priced.I dined with4 friends and it was a very pleasant experience..the staff were very knowledgable and professional.

Thank W3003EOmarion
Oamaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My apologies for not remembering the names of our waiter/waitress but they were awesome. Great recommendations and very lively. We had the chardonnay (delicious) with pizza with truffle oil and mushrooms? Anyway, it was my first visit. But not my last I shall be taking my mum there this week. Thanks again guys

Thank coubs

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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
USD 8 - USD 19
Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-456 2544
Re-opened Oct 2013 under new management.

No Reservations
We are an Italian inspired eatery overlooking the beach in St Clair, Dunedin. Wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta is our specialty. Lovely bar area to enjoy excellent espresso or a glass of Central Otago wine, available on tap.

Open 7 days and nights

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?