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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

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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.
US$7 - US$23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Playgrounds
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Although a little more expensive than most restaurants we frequent, we thoroughly recommend the Pier Hotel restaurant. Definitely book ahead to be sure of a table. The restaurant was warm and busy, with a relaxed vibe. Smallish wine and beer list, supporting local. Generous servings...in our two meals - Angus Rib-Eye beef and Fish of the Day. Desserts were good, basic fare but hit the spot. The crayfish option was popular among other tables.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

2pm and they were still flat out. A good pub with the food you would hope to still find. Very popular and they are busy-busy. Lots of outdoor seating.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 30 May 2022 via mobile

My husband had the crayfish chowder which had a strange taste in it. I had the seafood platter which was okay but nothing spectacular. The meals lacked flavour and love.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 27 May 2022

After being recommended we tried this for seafood given Kaikoura is a seafood town. Entree was an expensive Calimari dish and I was very surprised to see 'no brand' Calamari rings on the plate vs proper pieces you get in most restaurants. Seafood chowder was...a 5/10 once again with supermarket garlic bread vs anything decent. Then the mussels....must of found the smallest Greenlip mussels in NZ. What a rort. $80 of food that was worth half that. Never again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 21 May 2022 via mobile

Fabulous feed for our final night in Kaikoura, thank you sooo much. The fish of the day, gurnard, was perfectly cooked along with delicious veggies. Hubby had the Hog roll, OMG it was the best! Great service and friendly staff. Remember to book!!

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 17 May 2022 via mobile

STOP RIGHT THERE….. I gotta know right now… Do you 💕 me ????? It’s an absolute YES !!!! I do believe that I have just had the most delicious meal of my life. The crumbed cunard fish was absolutely superb. The accompanying sauce and vegetables...were perfection on a plate. A lovely setting, with faultless service and a just enough variety wine list ensured for a superb night out.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 May 2022

We wandered in without a booking expecting a half empty restaurant and simple Pub Grub. The restaurant was buzzing...on a Autumn Tuesday night...great sign !!!! The restaurant has a lovely ambience, the fit out is elegantly understated and everything is spotlessly clean. Service was attentive...and informed and staff well presented. The menu was extensive with an excellent range of fresh seafood. The whitebait was generous and declared delicious. My crayfish showed great mastery by the chef...it was superbly cooked...any less and it would have been under...but it wasn't...it was perfect... tender, moist and flavoursome. The lemon meringue pie was delish. All in all a great experience. Thank You. We will return !More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 30 April 2022

We were suggested The Pier by the staff at The Kaikoura Boutique Hotel when we asked where a good place for crayfish was. They didn’t disappoint! The whole meal was delicious, starting with the pumpkin and ginger soup that was divine. The cray was cooked...to perfection and the list of local craft beers was extensive. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal (and the “bouncer” that greeted us at the door - beautiful dog). Will be back and would absolutely recommend this establishment to others.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 27 April 2022 via mobile

Visited twice in one day!!! Midday for a drink and to sit and take in the views on the outdoor seating and then for dinner on a recommendation fron the motel we were staying at. Great food in an excellent atmosphere. Good portion size. Staff...friendly and efficient. Overall an excellent experience.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 22 April 2022

We booked here for dinner as we were staying at the anchor inn and got recommended. Very glad we came here as the food and service was spot on. Went in, got a nice table by the window which over looked the Ocean and picked...the half cray meal. Was big and amazing. Chips were great, salad was great and the Crayfish cooked to perfection. We had the apple crumble for desert which I highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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22 December 2018|
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Response from feizhu | Reviewed this property |
Yes they take credit cards. No surcharge as well.
5 November 2018|
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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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Yes, The Pier Hotel Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

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