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The Groper Garage

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Pizza, Italian, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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48 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 7407
10:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 01:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Looking for a plade to eat in this lovely east coast town which was a liitle damp at the time we stopped here. The service was good and the food was plentiful. Good value.

Thank DavidViewbank18
Woodford, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Had a fantastic time at the Groper. It was a great venue, friendly and helpful staff, nice drinks and Calamari to die for! Thanks guys... you rock.

Thank TanyaB72
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Not too busy a bar but it's not too busy a town. However the food is of a high standard for the price compared to the other options in town. The draught is kept and served well, the Erdininger in particular! The staff are friendly and I think it was the owner actually on the bar who served me, he... More 

Thank Stuart I
York, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2016 via mobile

Ok I confess I am a beer tourist, tried virtually every bar/cafe in town and this is the only place I could find (bottled) Kaikoura beer. And very nice it is - what's up with the rest of you - support your community and get some in! Also great pizza sampled after a beer session. Only grumble is ridiculous wait... More 

Thank Karl_from_York
Rotorua, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Our first lunch in Kaikoura and we were brought to gropers garage, such a neat place, staff are friendly and very helpful. Meals were absolutely delicious and we ordered way to much so be careful how much you order unless you don't mind extras like us! Highly recommend the garlic pizza and the steak pizza, both delis Imo!

Thank Michelle H
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

Love the sizes of the pizza. Son Enjoyed his Harnetts and Nephew enjoyed his Drunken cow pizza. Awesome customer service. Will come again.

Thank Shellz M
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

Hot day. Rest of NZ in rain and all the bars and cafes we passed were full or hot inside. Asked at a shop for a recommendation which did not disappoint. Owner was delighted to make wine recommendations for the food which were spot on. Food was beautiful - green lipped mussels in white wine sauce and chips baked with... More 

Thank Claire P
Durham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this place tonight when looking for something simple for dinner. What a great little place. The menu is pretty simple but just what we were after. We ordered drinks and pizzas at the bar which were then delivered to our table by a friendly woman. I think she may have been the manager. There did appear to... More 

Thank suzannebrady
Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

Fun little bar you'd nearly miss if you weren't looking for it! Pool tables in the back, great calamari and hot chocolate, didn't have a full meal but would expect it to be good!

Thank HellieNZ
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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27 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

We were after seafood for lunch because Kaikoura has a wide range of seafood restaurants, aperently. We ended up at the Gropers Garage, which was an interesting experience. I don't consider myself as a high maintainance guest, but this was just silly. First of all, we weren't welcomed by anyone. I had to grab the menu from the counter myself.... More 

Thank Sanfey85

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$21
Bar, Pizza, Italian, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 7407
Located in the heart of Kaikoura, just minutes away from beach, the Groper Garage boasts fresh yet affordable food and beverages available from 11 am every day with comfort, warmth and friendly staff ready to greet you on your arrival. Whether looking for an intimate booth for you and your friends, to shoot some pool or just lounge on our sofas in front of our open fire, we have you covered.

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