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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“chowder” (40 reviews)
“croquettes” (6 reviews)
“salad” (41 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sitting on a table , enjoying a Steinlager on tap looking out the window across the Bay to the Alps....Heaven... And the food ..sensational , i had the best Fish and chips and my wife had the crayfish

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Pier Hotel is busy, with all sorts of people coming to eat and drink, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly and efficient. It overlooks the sea and its décor features some fine models of sailboats, giving it a maritime feel...More

Thank PatrickDrysdale
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great evening at the Pier...very many years since I have been there ....we had whitebait, scallops & crayfish ....all cooked perfectly and teamed with very fresh and delicious salads ...great staff, friendly young folk ....thoroughly recommended.

Thank Morkuss
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went looking for a seafood dinner and came across this restaurant by accident - we weren't disappointed! Large half crayfish - giant sized mussels all so fresh - great kids meals, friendly welcoming service - and we're hoping to go back for lunch tomorrow!!

Thank Chinacol A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place was recommended by our hotel. Nice place, lots of table and room so the atmosphere was quite animated and loud. Friend and helpful staff.

Thank Jaune L
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Great meal, lovely atmosphere. Welcoming and warm. Friendly staff and local people extremely welcoming. A lovely part of Kaikoura's history. Well worth the visit.

Thank Carlo En Charli... C
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Arrived in Kaikoura in time for lunch and spotted this wonderful old Hotel. Beautifully maintained and restored. Very busy and popular, superb location on the waterfront. On site parking. We splurged and enjoyed crayfish and whitebait, superb! Friendly service and lovely relaxing atmosphere/decor.

Thank Trish G
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

A classic hotel in one of the coolest places you find in the area, the whole menu is a great bit do yourself a favour and get the fish of the day - you won't find fresher. Claire is great and is always friendly. Don't...More

Thank elliotf485
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Just across the road from our motel the Pier was recommended to us so off we went. After a couple of beers in a bar frequented by friendly locals and fisherman we moved to the restaurant area to dine ( we could have eaten in...More

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Best place in town to get crayfish with all the trimmings. Made my holiday the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming and they even have a side bar.

Thank Bmeiks22
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037
  • E-mail
The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.
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