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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (65 reviews)
“seafood platter” (44 reviews)
“catfish” (236 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 766 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Crayfish straight off the boat, divine! Very busy restaurant, so book, as even the locals say its the best in town!

Thank suesuewhite
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the best restaurants on our New Zealand trip. Our dinner was exquisitely prepared. Incredibly delicious. Excellent service.

Thank maryparadis
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Make sure you get a reservation as soon as you arrive in Kaikoura. The place is extremely business...popular with both locals and the tourists. The food was fabulous.

Thank Greenwiz89
Reviewed 3 days ago

The dinner at Pier was exellent. Fresh tasty fish with vegetables, simple but delicious. Calamares were also fresh and delicious.

Thank Minna K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Service was slow but well worth it as the meals are delicious. Had the fish special which we highly recommend. Views spectacular too.

Thank MF6662
Reviewed 6 days ago

The great asset of the Pier Hotel is the location, fabulous views of the sea & the mountain backdrop. A very popular food destination specialising in seafood. The building looks a little rundown from the outside, but once inside it has a very cosy gastro...More

Thank gentrymark55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked to eat in this restaurant several weeks before we left the UK. This proved to be a wise decision. We scored a window table (although it was dull so there was no sunset for us to admire) much to the envious glances of...More

1  Thank Owen_thesaints
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good, not great. It seems to be the place to go, which I think is more about location than anything else. The service was fine, but hardly attentive.

Thank alanlP3589QE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the time to stop and relax here for lunch on a long drive from Christchurch to Nelson. Indulged in a bowl of seafood chowder and a nice dry cider on tap, while sitting enjoying the snow capped mountains over the water.

Thank 58jnapper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t splash 5 star reviews around willy nilly but The Pier well deserves this one but (and there’s almost always a but) you should book. To turn up without a booking is probably more often than not a quick way to disappointment. As soon...More

Thank 935kerrya
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5 November 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Pier K | Property representative |
Hi there, thank you for your question but we are closed christmas day unfortunately. We are open boxing day though!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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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 and restaurant. Come and see for yourself. We are open for lunch and dinner every day so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day. We would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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