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Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We dined here this evening busy but lovely atmosphere totally enjoyed our meal was delicious fresh seafood we had a group so considering the restaurant was busy we were served very quickly thankyou from behalf of the Christchurch navy situated here for awhile we definitely will dine again

Thank harnettb
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff were friendly and welcoming, the ambiance is very pleasant with views across the bay to the mountains from all the window seats. The huge, plump green-lipped mussels were truly excellent - beautifully cooked in a great sauce. The fettucini was good as was the pork belly. There was an uncomfortably long gap between starter and main course but... More 

Thank dave k
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unfortunately I have to agree with the reviewers comments about service and no one apparently in charge. Our waitress was very nice but we ordered a number of dishes to share, including an entree and they all came to the table at the same time. There was no way we could appreciate each item when some were getting cold. Tried... More 

Thank Happy415
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was good, but the evening was let down by the inexperienced staff (first week for our waitress). There seemed to be no one in charge. We ordered food that was no longer available ( not unusual in a fresh fish restaurant, but we should have been made aware), we ordered a wine that was out of stock and... More 

Thank Diana B
greenbone, Owner at Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

We appreciate your feed back, the staff member in question did not work out and is no longer with us. We strive to over the best service and this is always our main priority. As for the taxi situation, unfortunately not all services in Kaikoura are running to full capacity due to the earthquake and we do not have the... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mussels in coconut chili and lime were to die for - fresh, and unbelievably tasty, especially with the last of the sauce mopped up with their delicious garlic bread. I went on to have the fish fettucine, also delicious, while my companions had steak - groaning with pleasure as they ate. Meals are generously proportioned, so make sure you... More 

Thank Merissa F
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed dinner here. Comfortable, quiet and good food. Service was good and nice views from the restaurant

Thank LJD1250
Boonsboro, Maryland
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped by for dinner after visiting the seal colony just down the coastal road. Even though we didn't have reservations (as recommended) the staff were able to get us a table within 30 minutes and we were able to enjoy some wine on the deck while waiting for our table to be ready. I had the stuffed chicken breast... More 

Thank Thomas J
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I highly recommend the tomato soup and octopus starters! Service is friendly and good wine selection Reservation is advisable

Thank Mingokato
Manchester, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a shame- to date we've had fab food, served up by delightful staff, all over New Zealand. Tonight we've had mediocre food, served after a long wait, by staff who mostly had little idea of what they were doing (contrast with the Pier Hotel over the road, which is buzzing with clientele and great waiting staff). 45 mins to... More 

Thank MissBabs64
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47 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We don't often order pasta, but we were in the mood and it was freshly made.... s worth it! Tender and delicious with plenty of olive, tomato and spinach topping and sauce... delicious! Hubbys lamb was plentiful and good with nicely done sides. Wines by the glass were a little sparse, but overall a wonderful meal and great value. Oh... More 

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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
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
View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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?