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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (46 reviews)
“seafood platter” (37 reviews)
“crawfish” (192 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PMAll 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 621 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sitting outside earlier in the day, enjoying a drink and wonderful views, prompted us to book for dinner. The part of the restaurant we were seated was acoustically-harsh and the general noise level made conversation difficult. Food was okay, but just that. Choice is good,...More

Thank Discerning_Diner_10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not only was The Pier able to supply a great meal, they even arranged for a member of staff to collect us from a local hotel! (It was a filthy night, so only as a courtesy) Thank You! Good food, good beer/wine and great service...More

Thank IanGBradford
Reviewed 3 days ago

the Pier hotel restaurant is good. Recommend crawfish dish. the room is very basic, share toilet and shower (2 toliets and 2 shower rooms). Shower is really good. Recommend restaurant only

Thank Gaga J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very popular local restaurant, wise to book. We had their delicious lobster mornay and were not disappointed; big succulent chunks of lobster in a wonderful seafood broth. However, the piece de resistance was the $12.50 pavlova dessert; an amazing white mountain of pavlova with cream...More

Thank Lyn R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having arrived at lunchtime we decided to take a walk and came across the Pier so we looked at the menu and thought it was very good so went in and booked for the evening and it was a good job we did as it...More

Thank Cidermaiden
Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited 1 hour for a table (ok because we had no res and the view was outstanding while enjoying wine/beer) but after 1.5 hrs servers walking past and ignoring us, we approached again alerting that tables marked “reserved” were empty now for 1 hour...More

Thank Susan E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good location on the water outside of town. The fresh fish is very good - suggest going that route as the other food is mediocre. Outside seating available. Need reservations in the summer.

Thank Sean D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The owner of our Motel recommended the Pier but warned us to book. Overlooking the bay with fantastic views of the hill, it's a perfect place to eat. The dining area is large and spacious. In talking to the friendly staff if is fully booked...More

Thank DVPA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food: Very good. We had the seafood platter appetizer and I had the market fish. Both were very tasty. My friend had the seafood chowder and she said it was a little too thick (thickened with corn starch), but that there was a lot of...More

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a stunning day and what can be better than a good lunch and a beer overlooking the harbor and lovely scenery. And with dolphins passing by!!! My husband had a fish sandwich which he really enjoyed. We made reservations to go back for...More

Thank BarbWas
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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