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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (52 reviews)
“seafood platter” (41 reviews)
“catfish” (214 reviews)
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hours
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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1 - 10 of 689 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner had the hog roll and it was melt in the mouth pork, great chips and great side salad. I had a seafood chowder and pumpkin, Kumara and cashew croquettes and WOW enjoyed every bite !! Very lovely staff/ fast service !! Would recommend...More

Thank georgia4695
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous food ( the best seafood chowder) perfect location and very friendly staff. We highly recommend making your way here for a meal and cold ale.

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is very busy and so it should be, as it’s full of locals. In my book being from Melbourne it requires a few minor adjustments and this hotel will be fantastic My husband had half a crayfish which was frozen and in Victoria...More

Thank Therese H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A classic old hotel right by the pier (really;) south of the main shops this spot is clearly a favourite with the locals and a top place for visitors. The service was friendly, the atmosphere great and even with an early table no pressure to...More

Thank Sander D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our meal here. My crayfish chowder was delicious, tasty and fresh. The service was excellent.highly recommend this restaurant but it might pay to book as it’s popular.

Thank Alipa50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had both lunch and dinner at the Pier Hotel. The crayfish chowder is a real treat. The meals are great value for money and delicious. The staff and very friendly and most helpful. Highly recommended !

Thank Sandy T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We searched the seal colony and planed to make a short break there. The place, the view and the chilling atmosphere was the reason why we stayed longer and longer... We took some drinks, some snacks, more drinks, more snacks and then a overnight place...More

Thank thomas_hWesseling
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pier used to be the rough "fishermans' pub" but no more. It is now the best seafood caught locally and cooked fresh.

Thank Grant B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Read good reviews, went there. Restaurant was empty except for 2 other couples seated by the windows. Waitress gave us the worst table right in the middle, away from all windows and precariously next to some steps (see photo). We asked if we could have...More

Thank altwold
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have lunch here follow from tripadvisor. We ordered crayfish, seafood cream cowder and green mussels pot. we ate them empty. They were great meal of us. Everydish are delicious and fresh. The view around us very stunning and waitress were helpful and so funny....More

Thank Sunisa n
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • 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, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View
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
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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, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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