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Sonic Bar Cafe

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$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Brew Pub, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Grill
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413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6414
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We dined here after sampling quite a few of Kaikoura's restaurants. We were very pleasantly surprised. The food was very good, the service was friendly,attentive and very good. Previous reviews stated service was slow. However the small wait was well worth it for the quality of food served. If at a silver service this would be considered very quick service.... More 

Thank Clare F
Singapore, Singapore
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125 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

While we drove along the sea, we could see seals resting by the roadside and the beach. We were told that if we spend long enough, we can see dolphins and whale in the sea. On the other side of the road were mountains where some fresh snow had fallen the previous night. Across the road from the cafe, there... More 

Thank AninditaDe
Dallas, Texas
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I just randomly chose a place to stop to eat dinner while staying in Kaikoura. Part of me says the sign should have been the gaggles of people outside drinking their beer and not ordering any food, but usually that doesn't dictate if a place is good/bad. I had a pear ale then fish and chips. Staff seemed to really... More 

Thank Kendyroo
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

We went today for lunch. Arrived about 1245pm and told the wait for food would be 45mins. We thought we could cope with that, just. An hour and a quarter later we got our food. It was nice but the wait was just too long. The wait staff were good and working hard - it was the kitchen that seemed... More 

Thank Kate S
Suva, Fiji
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Stopped by for a pint of beer and managed to get a seat at a table that had a small gas, fireplace inside! It was a cool evening with the wind off the water, so the table was welcomed so that we could stay outside and watch the sunset.

Thank Mary-Ann S
North, South Carolina
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180 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

After a whale watching adventure, the fish and chips and craft beer matched to what you order,sure tasted good. Not the most upscale place maybe but served our purpose. Good food and good service. Great Mac beer - try all the various selections.

Thank Traveler6102013
Christchurch, New Zealand
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274 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Managed to get a table for three for dinner over Easter. Lovely and helpful staff with great service. All our meals were fantastic, good servings and well presented. Good value for money. Also enjoyed the atmosphere.

Thank NZfour
York, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

Ok it's Macs beer ( but one can do worse), I had the fush (gurney) & chups after a couple beers and it was excellent and substantial. Very woody which I like, and also enjoyed some of Barca outclassing Arsenal in football.

Thank Karl_from_York
Wilmington, Delaware
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96 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

This cafe has a good location in the heart of town with some view. We stopped in for dinner, not having reservations and being turned away from two other restaurants. We were glad to get a table, but the food was very disappointing. We shared a seafood chowder, which had fish, but no seasoning. We then had the seafood pasta,... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Four of us enjoyed a late lunch around 3pm, the cafe was still busy. Between us we had Pizza, Mussels, fish & chips and chicken souvlaki, all of which we perfectly cooked and delivered to the table reasonably quickly by a happy smiling waitress. We accompanied the food with tap beer, cider and wine chosen from a wide range of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 22
New Zealand, Brew Pub, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 413 Old Beach Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6414
The Sonic Brewery Bar and Restaurant specialising in Seafood, Pizza and Grill we have a range of food to suite all tastes and preferences. Whether you are in for a drink or to dine you will enjoy our stunning views of the ocean and mountains and our friendly staff will look after you with table service. We are the only restaurant in Kaikoura's main centre with a view located opposite the Information Centre just look for the big fish. We are a Mac's Brewery Bar with plenty of beer, wine and cider we are so obsessed with Mac's beer that we have matched every dish to it's own beer. The $20 small pizza and Pint deal and sit drink and dine on our massive sun deck and terrace looking over the sea. Come and discover the locals best kept secret and Kaikoura's only specialised Gastropub.

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