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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Literally the best our family has ever had. Light and not greasy. Met some locals and ended hanging out for over 3 hours having wine and friendly company!! Must go to this place!

Thank TexasPenny99
Berkshire, United Kingdom
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345 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Pier hotel is a large restaurant and bar at the end of the bay, overlooking the sea and the mountains. It was busy and popular with locals. Despite a sign as you go in which says booking is essential we were shown to a table. There were quite a few large groups of people so it got a bit... More 

Thank Sheilambutcher
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

friendly staff and good food well worth the travel, just head down the esplanade and you cannot miss it. with a kids play area outside is is a nice place for a family day out

Thank blueflamedesign
Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wooden floors can make it noisy - food and service were great. Popular with the locals Try the fish fillets or the pork.

Thank postmanpat39
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and pleasant surrounds. Went with a group and all were positive about the food. Service was friendly but not anticipatory. Would go again.

Thank 1GPT1
Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed and dined here. The rooms were clean and tidy, and what we'd expect staying at a pub. They also provided help yourself breakfast. No cooking facilities but that was ok being able to dine at the restaurant. That was delicious! The kid devoured pizza and fush n chips and hubby and I enjoyed pork ribs and steak! Worth... More 

Thank Roanna S
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125 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late into kaikoura and were a little exhausted from the drive. It was suggested we just head to the pier hotel save traipsing all around town. It was packed when we arrived (which is always a good sign) but found a table fairly quickly. The service was awesome ...so accommodating and friendly. We had chowder and fish and... More 

Thank Jennya0701
Meise, Belgium
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70 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We both had mussels, we took french fries together with that. It was so good!!! As a Belgian, you don't often eat mussels that are at least as good as the ones you eat in Belgium: congrats for that. Of course, the price was not so cheap, but most of the restaurants over there are specialised in seafood, which is... More 

Thank MathieuPriem
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to go for a Friday night 'date night' and we weren't disappointed by the yummy meal at The Pier Hotel. Fresh fish with seaweed and orange salad, a starter of kumara and pumpkin croquettes drizzled with a satay sauce...and finished off with an oversized meringue for the Kiwi Pavlova. Service is always friendly. Thank you.

Thank BacardiBoo
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The location of this restaurant is spectacular-amazing view of the sea and mountains, and great kids play area. But that really is it-the food was terrible, we had soup of the day- celeriac and apple which I am sure was just watered down pumpkin soup from a tin! Seafood chowder-average, two kids pizzas which were a soggy base with far... More 

Thank Kirst100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 8 - USD 27
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View
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
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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