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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

I visited this restaurant with my husband and daughter who is currently living in Auckland last year and I have been meaning to write a review ever since,better late than never. We came last August and from the minute we entered until we left the staff were lovely and showed just the right amount of attentiveness. The food was amazing... More 

Thank janky2015
New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Me and my boyfriend ate here on a Tuesday night, I had the squid and he had the mussels for entree, then we both had Abalone for main followed by crumble and a sweet fig salami and blue cheese. Everything was delicious and we tried some new tastes too. The restaurant had a good ambience with the right amount of... More 

Thank Lyndsey R
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

We ate here on one of the nights we stayed in Kaikoura. The food was excellent but felt it was a long time in getting the ontray and another long wait for the main. Dessert was almost instantly at the table. Staff friendly.

Thank ely611
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant, everything about it is perfect. From the greeting on walking through the door by the super friendly staff, the view from the window while we waited for and then enjoyed our meal, the food itself which was sensational and the staff again who made time to converse properly with their customers... More 

Thank matthew_graham23
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

we booked this after my wife had read reviews on the green dolphin, we were not disappointed, service was good even though really busy, no food mix ups, both arrived together, well prepared and presented, really enjoyable meal, around the norm, for New Zealand price wise, neither of us tried the crayfish, but if you are in to this, then... More 

Thank DavidandDawn44
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

This was recommended to us by my parents who had been 4 years ago and we weren't disappointed. The food was great (we had lamb shanks and steak for mains) and the staff were helpful and friendly. I imagine the views are great in summer (was already dark when we went) but it's cosy for a winter's evening too -... More 

Thank Jennifer C
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

Owners Chef Matt and his wife Maitre'D Lou do a wonderful job and their restaurant is a real asset for Kaikoura. The menu is not overly extensive but what they do they do well and there are always a few daily Specials to add to the fare. The Mushroom Bruschetta Entree with Blue Cheese and Roasted Peanuts is a winner....although... More 

Thank QSKaikoura
Wellington, New Zealand
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

Stayed in Kaikoura at the beginning of a South Island trek and decided to eat at the Green Dolphin based on Trip Adviser recommendation. As other people have found, the food is fantastic but there were a few shortfalls. In our case it was because our order was mixed up and I received my fish main course, which was extremely... More 

Thank Chris S
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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113 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

We loved the food, which was 5 star +. Generous fabulous rustic. They were overly busy and the service was stretched too far, or we would have given our experience a 5 (with some basic mistakes like not serving the meals together). We had lamb two ways and the fish, sharing the dishes between two, which worked really well. Then... More 

Thank Michael_Kiwi
Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

We travelled recently to NZ South Island with our Brisbane friends & our meal together at this restaurant was certainly a highlight.It was without a doubt one of the best fish meals of our 3 week trip!! We were also impressed by the excellent wait staff.Thanks to all at Green Dolphin for a memorable dining experience.

Thank June M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 52
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6666

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?