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The Whaler

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W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3333
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak special” (17 reviews)
“ribs” (24 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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11 - 20 of 354 reviews

Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Our B&B host suggested this bar for a meal. We ordered the loss leader, porterhouse steak and the food was lovely. A good size portion of chips and salad along with an excellent piece of steak all for $19.50. A pretty good pint of Monteith's...More

Thank pc-and-dc
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

We had a good, well cooked fish and chips at The Whaler. This is a pub which serves hearty portions of decent, no frills food. Along with a host of decent beers. Reasonable prices too, with two mains and a couple of drinks coming in...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Meals were good but I would suggest more garlic is used in the garlic sauce so you can taste it. Steak was good and the fish was good and the ribs were great. Cheese cake also good, the creme brule was better than most ive...More

Thank mowaman
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Called in looking for a meal with the family. Was only 5:30 and got the last available table - good sign we thought. Their $19 Porterhouse steak was excellent - as were the fish & chips. Had the meals on the table in about 5-10...More

Thank Deanonsn
Reviewed April 1, 2018

We went here for a quick and easy meal. The place was busy but the service was very good. Overall the meal was good, my steak a bit over cooked but still tasty and priced well.

Thank Bewitched11
Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

Went in the afternoon for a few beers. I loved the upstairs glassed deck area, lots of sunshine! The staff were all really nice. We didn't eat there so can't say anything about the food. Others were eating a looked like they were enjoying their...More

Thank Angela L
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

There was nothing actually wrong at this place, the staff were efficient and smiled at all the appropriate times. The meal arrived within the specified timeframe, and was what we ordered. It was perfectly satisfactory. If you're hungry, eat here, but there was nothing that...More

Thank NZtourier
Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

We went on a Friday night so pretty busy. Despite this we experienced great friendly service and great food at reasonable prices. Good above standard pub grub.

Thank Pdunchob
Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for inept bar staff who openly laughs at you after they struggle to explain their poor service, go to The Whaler, Kaikoura. Never had such a bad restaurant experience, thoroughly unimpressed and won't be going back

Thank dth0mas20
Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

The food choice was good and reasonably priced. Had a nice lively but not off putting vibe. Friendly staff. Good ale.

Thank supersunshine
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Monday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Tuesday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Wednesday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Thursday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Friday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Saturday
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 3333
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