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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6666
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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United Kingdom
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A definite must when visiting the area. We had a delicious meal, nicely presented and good vegetables. As everywhere wine prices are high so we opted for beer. Charming staff.

Thank bruceurban
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My steak was so well cooked, it was hands down the best I have had in ages!! Great kids menu, no nuggets for a change and hubbys fish was supurb!! The staff were so friendly. Well worth the drive from Nelson

Thank maxidressup
Gosford, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked a table for my husband's birthday as it was when we were in Kaikoura. Lovely window table overlooking the bay. He had Paua for the first time and really enjoyed it. I'm not a seafood eater so had chicken with tasty seasoning. The ladies serving were just delightful and were flat out attending to unexpected arrivals. Nothing seemed to... More 

Thank gertief320
Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Green Dolphin without a booking and were fortunate to get a table. Staff were welcoming, efficient and checked on us several times during the meal to make sure everything was satisfactory. The food took a little while to arrive but was delicious. They have a children's menu as well and I was very happy to see real... More 

Thank Allon5-y
Durban, South Africa
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56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an early supper here and the views were good. The service was excellent. We had Lobster and it was superb!

Thank Philipvg
Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a romantic weekend away so wanted a special meal, and reading the wonderful reviews for this restaurant this looked like the place to go. The service was great, we had a friendly waitress, but we were very disappointed by our meals. We both ordered the crayfish and were surprised when it arrived at the table with a... More 

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Kauai, Hawaii
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128 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would have given the Green Dolphin a four star rating but the price of the meal bumped it back down to a three. The seafood and service were very good and the location overlooking the ocean was lovely. The staff were all friendly and competent but the prices were simply a bit high for the overall experience.

Thank mmrbluewater
Hong Kong, China
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207 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not many restaurants in Kaikoura have Abalone on their menu. The pan fried and sliced Abalone comes with some vegetables. The frozen Abalone are very tender and have strong taste of Abalone. The fish chowder is amazing with a lot of meaty fishes!

Thank ChungkaiSin
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a day whale watching we wanted some tasty but light supper which was was indeed what we got - can I prise the recipe for the apricot and walnut loaf out of you?

Thank KMMorr
Littleton, Colorado
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114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great views at this restaurant and very good food. We all shared a whole lobster between 4 adults and then ordered some little plates of other things, like seafood chowder.

Thank MattR224

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$52
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6666

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?