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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary
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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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Queensland, Australia
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129 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A little touch of class in Kaikoura, this restaurant boasts about its locally sourced ingredients as a feature of the menu. Fine food, especially seafood, and a great selection of New Zealand wines are well matched with good service and reasonable ambiance. We enjoyed the lamb and steak dishes as our mains and particularly savoured the bread and dip starter.... More 

Thank TwoFP
Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After looking on the net to see what was available we decided on the green dolphin ... you need to book . The food was great the service was great also with nice views ... and at $150 for entrees and mains and a nice bottle of red ... good value I thought

Thank Steve G
New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very little to choose from. Got a little bored with selection but nice girls on the counter. A few hidden foods like toasted sandy's, fries alone, no advetised. Lovely Canadian lass very helpful. Nice setting, nice people but a little more in menu would be a help

Thank BirthdayPressy
Bangkok, Thailand
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149 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know people speak highly of this restaurant but we were disappointed. The food was okay but the service was both slow and confused. Seriously though, they have a CAT. In the restaurant wandering around between the tables. I love animals but come on. My husband got a shock when it rubbed up against his legs and he is also... More 

Thank WhiskeyGirlDublin
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Green Dolphin was recommended to us from our hostel. The staff was very friendly and we got a table even without a booking. The location is also really nice. We ordered 2x the fish of the day, which usually comes with seasonal veggies of the region. However, even it is summer, there was only one piece of carrot and... More 

Thank Stephan K
Tauranga, New Zealand
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited as part of a couple days to support businesses in kaikoura post earthquake - restaurant surprisingly busy. They apologised for lack of some menu items including all the fish items - slightly surprising being location and locals said fishing was all good. Appeared short staffed and was told that a lot of their staff had left post earthquake. But... More 

Thank Mike C
Hong Kong, China
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu was limited and we could taste the cray fish but had some Delicious Paua. The lamb is amazing and the atmosphere is really friendly, we don't drink alcohol but they have a lot of different wine.

Thank MenVacances
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242 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

A pleasant dining room with views over the water to the mountains. Service was just acceptable. Food was inventive but not totally successful. Apple crumble was not a proper crumble and was not warmed through.

Thank DandDToronto
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107 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We went to the Green Dolphin for dinner on the one night we stayed in Kaikoura. The restaurant has a beautiful setting and is warm and lively. The seafood was predictably very fresh and the preparations were also very good, particularly the green lipped mussels. But compared to the other top restaurants in NZ, we thought the service didnt match... More 

Thank AshishNichani
New Zealand
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Lovely atmosphere,beautiful food,and lovely views from dining room. The crayfish was wonderful and wine list good.All together a lovely experience for a two day stayover.

Thank Judenewzealand

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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
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
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?