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Esplanade Restaurant

2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
+64 3-456 2544
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“pizza” (171 reviews)
“pappardelle” (9 reviews)
“fries” (18 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My antenatal group have come here a few times for catch ups. The staff are super lovely and really accommodating of all of us with our massive prams!

Thank Martinette G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved Esplanade for it authentic Italian choices and delivery. I had the delicious insalate de rucola with pear, pecorino and walnut to start, followed by Paolo’s salsiccio pizza with his own pork & fennel sausage. What a pizza - crisp, light puffy base cooked...More

Thank CCHoll
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Esplanade for coffee and a bite to eat. Unfortunately there was very little selection of cabinet food. We asked for ‘Extra Hot’ coffees and only received luke warm coffees. This is not difficult to do for any experienced barista and totally unacceptable. One...More

Thank Jatagnat
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Enjoyed the pizza salad and desserts here. Good ambiance with lots of customers coming and going. Friendly and helpful staff

Thank Discerningofbucks
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Has esplanade lost its mojos? The food was not as good as before....ordered the zola pizza but it was so different compared to the first time i tried. The food was disspointing this time and m not too sure if i will be back...i feel...More

Thank RichardM8501
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

A very busy and noisy place. We had a pasta and a risotto. It is an Italian restaurant so we thought it would be great choices. It really wasn't. The risotto wasn't creamy and the pasta was without any taste. Disappointing. However the pizza and...More

Thank Ulla B
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Right on the seafront at St Clair this Italian serves great food. The pizzas are large and very tasty and the pasta and risotto dishes were also excellent. Very good service as well. Recommended

Thank Derek S
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

The pizza we ordered was absolutely great! I definitely recommend going there, although sometimes it can be very busy.

Thank Izzybizzybee123
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Pizza was a soggy mess. Had all the ingredients we asked for but the tomato made it more of a soup. Fries were shoestring, cooked would have been good but these weren't, asked for crisper fries and the replacement was close to overcooked. Coffee was...More

Thank Hotspurnz
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Visited on Saturday and loved it that much had to go back on Sunday. The pasta dishes were delicious, as was the pizza we shared. Staff were very efficient so although they don't take reservations we did not have to wait long for a table.Everything...More

Thank crackr
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$19
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-456 2544
  • E-mail
Re-opened Oct 2013 under new management. No Reservations 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 or a glass of Central Otago wine, available on tap. Open 7 days and nights
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