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Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, New Zealand, Seafood, Pub
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115 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6343
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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Now the 3.time. ..breakfasts and meals are a disaster. ..cooked and service is very bad. .no efforts are done for improvement. .even to get jam the staff can't be bothered. ..warning....the staff even started arguments. ...wow

Thank 105black
Ashburton, New Zealand
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95 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

The restaurant, is part of the bar, so diners eat among the bar customers. We had a great meal, and for the price I thought are very generous portions. The service is good, and pleasant. The restaurant is certainly worth a visit, as long as your prepared to eat in a very active bar.

Thank 62Peter1952
Katikati, New Zealand
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Unfortunately we were there on the day Bathurst race was on and had to listen to some other patrons describe the race frequently using the 'F' and 'C' word. It would have been nice if the dining room upstairs was open so we didn't have to listen to their bad, foul, loud language. The waitress was really awesome so that... More 

Thank RoxanneBusan
New Zealand
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

The restaurant was a handy option as we were staying at the Motor Lodge attached. The service was friendly, the meals were huge and tasty. Certainly worth the visit. We dined later in the evening so it was nice and quiet.

Thank Geepnz
Hastings, New Zealand
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Very nice motel and right next to a restaurant. However the TV reception is the worst experienced. Only 4 channels and a matter of fact note for you not to play with the remote. Little wonder when worse than "Preview"

Thank Alexander S
Invercargill, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Meal very nice, and reasonably priced. A testament for the meals would be the number of local residents that eat there.

Thank Darryl H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

After travelling to the seals and had a wonderful time, called into another place for a stop over/break, closed, so called into the Lobster Inn, the staff were very friendly, we got served straight away although there were a number of customers at the bar. Each time we were served straight away, we called back twice more over our visit,... More 

Thank Wendy B
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Maybe an off night, but food definitely not up to standard. Pork belly was very fatty (I have had a few pork belly meals, and know what to expect). Steaks were well overcooked when asked for medium, or rare when should have been medium! Bar staff were busy, but that is no excuse for ignoring a customer at the bar... More 

Thank annhicks2016
Levin, New Zealand
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We had an early dinner before the tourist buses arrive. The staff were very friendly, helpful and told us of the tourist arrival in case we decided to go elsewhere. The half crayfish I had, at $45 wasn't as cheap as some I have had but it was very tasty.

Thank CarolKate39
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

There is obviously not enough competition in Beach Road. Had pork belly tough stringy meet when should be tender. Had group of six staff didn't want to know. Half my group walked out. When told if I ordered a certain way meals would come out together they didn't. Won't be back.

Thank Leo M

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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
Bar, New Zealand, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6343
  • This restaurant is at Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?