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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“chowder” (65 reviews)
“seafood platter” (44 reviews)
“catfish” (236 reviews)
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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 today via mobile

Restaurant was located by sea side. Had the favourite crayfish (lobster) and green mussels. Both were really good. Service was friendly but had to order at counter (apparently only for lunch?) Prices are a little more expensive given good TripAdvisor reviews and certainly worth it....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AweJames
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Kaikoura is all about their fresh seafood, and the pier is probably where you can get the best of them all! From all sorts of fish to paua and crayfish, they have a very wide range on their menu. If you’re not so big on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Flymehigh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Crayfish straight off the boat, divine! Very busy restaurant, so book, as even the locals say its the best in town!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank suesuewhite
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best restaurants on our New Zealand trip. Our dinner was exquisitely prepared. Incredibly delicious. Excellent service.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank maryparadis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure you get a reservation as soon as you arrive in Kaikoura. The place is extremely business...popular with both locals and the tourists. The food was fabulous.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Greenwiz89
Reviewed 1 week ago

The dinner at Pier was exellent. Fresh tasty fish with vegetables, simple but delicious. Calamares were also fresh and delicious.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Minna K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was slow but well worth it as the meals are delicious. Had the fish special which we highly recommend. Views spectacular too.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank MF6662
Reviewed 1 week ago

The great asset of the Pier Hotel is the location, fabulous views of the sea & the mountain backdrop. A very popular food destination specialising in seafood. The building looks a little rundown from the outside, but once inside it has a very cosy gastro...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gentrymark55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked to eat in this restaurant several weeks before we left the UK. This proved to be a wise decision. We scored a window table (although it was dull so there was no sunset for us to admire) much to the envious glances of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Owen_thesaints
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good, not great. It seems to be the place to go, which I think is more about location than anything else. The service was fine, but hardly attentive.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank alanlP3589QE
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5 November 2018|
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Response from Pier K | Property representative |
Hi there, thank you for your question but we are closed christmas day unfortunately. We are open boxing day though!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 26
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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 and restaurant. Come and see for yourself. We are open for lunch and dinner every day so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day. We would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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