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US$8 - US$19
Italian, Pizza, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My favorite cafe/restaurant in all of Dunedin 😃 Always a pleasure to visit with excellent staff, service, coffee and food. I always send visitors to our city here and they always love it.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in here for dinner tonight. Very busy for a Wednesday. Service was prompt and the young lady was very friendly. Pizza base was very good, not thick and stodgy, and not paper thin. Apart from the cheese, on my salsiccia pizza, the rest of...the topping was lacking in quantity, as such I could not taste the havoc pork and fennel sausage. My wife's quattro stagioni, whilst having the 4 seasons, was divided into 4 seperate sections of the pizza, as a result the anchovies were simply too overpowering. Prawns would have been nicer, and would not be a problem for serving in quarters. Would return, and try something different.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Magnifico, from the moment We walked through the door we were greeted with a smile and a laugh and promptly seated by the owner even though the restaurant was fairly busy and we didn’t have a booking, the service was impeccable by the young waitress...and her personality was wonderful, then we have the food, yep, the pizza was good, really good then the cannoli for dessert was traditional and spectacular 5 outta 5 is enough so I give it a couple of extra stars for good measure, very happy 😃More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 7 May 2021

My wife and I had dinner at Esplanade whilst we were visiting St Clair. We thoroughly enjoyed the raviola. But the gnocchi with pumpkin puree was outstanding. The waitress helped my decision making by saying that both my choices were good, but the gnocchi had...the more 'interesting flavours - and she wasn't wrong. Many thanks.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

This place is so overrated, service extremely slow, pizza almost inedible, poor base caked in cheese, pappardelle pasta very unappealing. No way we would ever go back

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 2 March 2021

Been here a few times because the pizza is good, however, i will only ever get a takeaway now... the service the last couple of times has been so terrible. The waitress doesn't even look your way, impossible to get attention. Also, wine glass servings...are too small. Fire is never working even in winter! Such a shame. This place good be great if there was good service and attention to detail from staff.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 1 January 2021 via mobile

We lined our stomachs here before taking on the Dunedin Beer Festival, and got a pretty good feed. 10 of us were seated quickly and served promptly. All ordered different things. My lamb parpedelle was very nice but just a tad greasy, but of tomato...base sauce Wouk have given it a good bit of colour. Arranchini were delirious. All in all we enjoyed our meal.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 27 December 2020 via mobile

By coincidence we choose to eat here Christmas Eve and what a win. Great ,happy atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Lovely spot. Wish we had the opportunity to visit again but might be a few years.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 December 2020

The meat balls were yummy, the range of wines excellent, and the view and staff terrific Well worth a visit and do book because they get so busy.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 16 December 2020 via mobile

What a rip-off!! Ordered polpo which is supposed to be octopus stew. Received a bowl full of tinned tomato, olives and one...ONE!!! tiny piece of octopus. My husband was lucky - he received two pieces. Also ordered fritto di mare (fried calamari and fish with...gremolata) — dry and over-fried and with aioli (not a good one at that). What happened to the gremolata? And then the salmon carpaccio. That would have been ok if it didn’t come with chunks of hard fennel bark instead of delicate shavings, which it should have been if the person preparing it had any respect for their customers. I am looking forward to a response from the management of the Esplanade. Please explain to me how you justify charging me for one piece of octopus in a sloppy bowl of canned tomato. I Should have complaint right there in then, but I didn’t want to embarrass the people who invited us to lunch.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Esplanade Restaurant

Yes, Esplanade Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Yes, Esplanade Restaurant offers delivery services.

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