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No Reservations - Walk in restaurant We are an Italian inspired eatery overlooking the beach in St Clair, Dunedin. Wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta is our specialty. Lovely bar area to enjoy excellent espresso, local and Italian beer or a glass of Central Otago wine, available on tap. Open 7 days and nights
PRICE RANGE
$14 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We Popped in by chance while on quick trip to St Clairs. Stroke of luck - simple food but best pizza and fries we’ve ever had.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Esplanade, and it was just the same great experience as the first visit a year ago. Authentic Italian pizza and pasta down by the beach. The owners have clearly got a formula which is consistent and is delivering what...their customers want. If you want pizza or pasta in Dunedin, this is the place to go.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great beach vibe mixed with authentic Italian food. Good mix of pizza as well as pasta dishes. attentive staff. Really great night with a big group. Everyone found something to their taste.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant authentic Italian restaurant, food was superb - our son said he wants to move to Dunedin just to go to this restaurant again!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 January 2024

Awesome, friendly and a well managed restaurant. Family friendly, great food and the attention to detail makes this business such a success! Thank you to all the staff and Manager who made our dinner a delight. A fabulous setting overlooking the ocean.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 January 2024 via mobile

We were welcomed by Olivia on a very busy Jan 7th. Olivia was smiley, pleasant and in tune with our needs, without being too attentive. We thank You Olivia for making our dining experience such a happy one. Anita and John East.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Excellent service and food. Being New Year’s Eve it was very very very busy but the front of house was professional and very friendly. It was a walk in no reservation so we were told that it would be a 50 minute wait which was...fine. We came back later with family in tow and before being seated waited about 20 minutes . During that time the staff remained very professional and were weaving and ducking around us while a table was made for us . However what we noticed was how rude some of the patrons were to the staff It was obvious that it was busy and that the staff were doing and performing their best We cannot fault our experience We had pasta and selection of entree and all were aexcellent We will be back . Excellent experience For the rude patrons I suggest the archesMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023 via mobile

Great food and very friendly service. The restaurant was very busy but with a nice atmosphere. Can highly recommend and we will definitely come back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

Polpo = octopus Esplanade didn’t deliver on that description. They delivered octopi - lots of miniature repugnant versions that tasted like they been in the belly of the trawler bilge water that sieved them out of some remote Asian backwater the year before. Given their...system of order and pay I also received my main at the same time so given the inedible antipasto there was still a semblance of warmth in the tagliatelle. I have to say the worst pasta dish ever served to me. The scallops were the smaller cousins of the octopi. If a whole stick of skinny asparagus was in the dish it was still hard to find but had a decidedly crispy al dente bite unlike the pasta. Fried cheese- pathetic. Wrong cheese and poor execution. Have it while it’s piping hot, burn your mouth out so you don’t have to worry about the oncoming onslaught of mediocrity in terms of flavour, skill and culinary execution. Pizza isn’t hard guys unless you’re making it. Deserts- it was just desserts dished up and my family just wanted me to let it slide. It’s a special occasion and they didn’t want negativity The most gracious thing I’ve done is give them two gongs. They deserve less.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 3 December 2023

Had lunch and the place was really busy dure to its excellent location. Service was very quick although undertaken by University students. All good. Food was good but not great and wine selection sparse. If you are looking for somewhere to graze rather than dine...then this is a good option.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 December 2023

Ahhhh real Italian food like Mamma makes! It was a lovely change-up from NZ fare, right on the beach with a great staff. Fun times!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023 via mobile

What a nice place! We had 2 pizza's and they were great.. so good jummie.. a napoletana and a piccanta pizza. The base was very good and the taste.. super.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2023 via mobile

Terrific food that is freshly made with fresh ingredients. Beer and wine selection is excellent, the atmosphere and view are first class. Most pleasing though is the fantastic staff and service. Well recommended.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 31 October 2023

We always come here when we are in Dunedin as we stay around the corner at majestic Mansions. It's a great combo! Fabulous food and outstanding service. The cocktails are a cut above!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Great view from the windows. Food was good; the beet salad was outstanding. Wine selection was adequate. Felt like prices were reasonable for the area. Parking can be a challenge.

Date of visit: October 2023
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ESPLANADE RESTAURANT, Dunedin - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Esplanade Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Esplanade Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4