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“Lovely restaurant ”

Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #8 of 62 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: US$10 - US$52
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Fresh regional Kaikoura cuisine in a cheerful relaxed atmosphere at the Green Dolphin Restaurant + Bar Kaikoura, New Zealand.
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

Like so many of the popular places here you really need to book. Lovely atmosphere & the staff are all extremely good & work seamlessly together. While the four of us were there they coped with serving a large group + the restaurant was full - not an easy task. Good view of the bay & quality of food & presentation excellent. Be aware though that on bank holidays there is a 15% surcharge.

Thank Alison W
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

We booked for a romantic meal at what we were advised was a relaxed, but fine dining restaurant - not cheap, but right for a special night out. Our entire evening was spoiled by the late arrival of a very loud and boisterous family of 3 children and their parents who proceeded to play a card game throughout which all 5 shouted at one another.
We complained to the waiting staff and asked to be moved on at least 3 occasions, but this seemed to be too much trouble although other tables had become empty. Neither did the staff ask the family to quieten down although there were glares from many other tables.
Eventually we had to leave after quickly finishing 1 course. We told the staff why we were leaving to be met with a shrug of the shoulders. There was no suggestion of any reduction in the hefty bill for the 1 course we had finished.
Very poor customer care in a "So what, you're only a tourist and we're a posh restaurant" manner.
Shameful.

1  Thank rdjdavies915
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Reviewed 27 March 2016

There is a cosy and fairly relaxed atmosphere with a lovely panoramic view over the bay in Kaikuora. The seafood and wine were excellent, especially the green-lipped mussels.

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Thank FavouriteSpots
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Reviewed 26 March 2016

We enjoyed our meal here. The staff were friendly and reasonably efficient and the food was fresh and delicious (although the mains took an absolute age to arrive!) We chose to sit outside as it was a warm evening but there were plenty of seats available inside as well. We had squid entrees which we thought were going to be crispy but were just marinated but they turned out to be tasty (heavy on the chilli though!!) The oven baked fish special was fabulous - freshly caught that morning, and served with roast veges - just delicious. We didn't want to eat at the Pier Hotel next door as there was a playground outside with tons of screaming kids but that could be a great drawcard for family groups too. All in all - I have to recommend this restaurant.

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1  Thank Marianne M
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Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Lovely setting as we were outside. Tables spaced nicely apart, so felt quite private. Staff were friendly, though meals took quite a long time (and required prompting from us). The calamari entrée was packed with chilli and fish of the day mains were fresh and delicious. Would no doubt return.

Thank Mark-NZ61
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