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Esplanade Restaurant

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2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
+64 3-456 2544
08:30 - 22:00
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Sun 08:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri 08:00 - 23:00
Sat 08:30 - 23:00
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Expensive and food very average. Went some time ago so hopefully it has improved since then. Had a very average but authentically talian pizza

Thank clairnase
Dunedin, New Zealand
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438 reviews
258 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well it was busy today on a calm balmy Dunedin morning.Takeaway Coffee was ok, and the cup presented ones were great. Pity about the grumpy barista two smiles short of a kiwi-host, but I guess I wouldn't have wanted to be working this morning either. Disappointing really, cos this is a neat place with good food and surroundings.

Thank samandhenry
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place on the corner opposite the ocean. Great satff, great food and nice atmosphere. The seafood specials are worth a try.

Thank Kevin L
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

have not been here for a couple years as last time we found the service slow!. Was here for lunch and have to say it has not improved. After 15 minutes on waiting on my drink i made inquires and then they come back to say they were sorry didn't have what i wanted so i ordered something else. Lunch... More 

Thank Judy H
Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, the location cannot be beat! Just about every table has a great view of the ocean and esplanade. Secondly, the food is yumm. My husband and I often go there for lunch- we usually share a salad and a pizza (the Salsiccia is divine). The pizzas are the thinner crust version and tasty. Pastas are excellent too....I love the... More 

1 Thank Jackiedee31
Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great location on the waterfront a St Clair. A busy night, and crowded, but service was OK, and food was good.

Thank Craig R
Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoy the food and friendly staff. Great views out to sea. Can be very busy so tend to choose an early lunch. Pizzas are great . Wood fired pizza is delicious served with a rocket and pear salad.

Thank Joolzblair
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is nice - cosy and good staff and great views. Everyone recommends this restaurant so maybe we chose wrong! Seafood pizza was average although lasagne was quite good. Enjoyed our local Pinot Noir. Hopefully next time can leave a better review.

Thank Rebecca L
Canmore, Canada
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179 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pastas and pizzas, pizzas were all fabulous, tried the fruit de mare, was fresh and tasty, but would do something different next visit. The spinach and cheese as well as meat was very good. Service ok, not terribly interesting, or welcoming, don't find NZ service particularly outstanding.

Thank Coreen S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was really busy when we walked in. We had a group of around 12 people. Three of us had our drink orders forgotten unfortunately. I ordered the mushroom and braised lamb pappardelle. It sounded so good on paper, but in reality it was a bit of a gelatinous mess. The pasta was over-cooked, I had to discard about... More 

Thank Ajaywar08

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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$8 - US$19
Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Dunedin
  • Phone Number: +64 3-456 2544
Re-opened Oct 2013 under new management.

No Reservations
We are an Italian inspired eatery overlooking the beach in St Clair, Dunedin. Wood-fired pizza and house-made pasta is our specialty. Lovely bar area to enjoy excellent espresso or a glass of Central Otago wine, available on tap.

Open 7 days and nights

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?