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Esplanade Restaurant

2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
+64 3-456 2544
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (135 reviews)
“pappardelle” (7 reviews)
“prosciutto” (8 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
2 Esplanade | St Clair, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Esplanade is a busy Italian restaurant on the front at St Clair beach. It seemed to be frequented by holiday makers and local people which is always a good sign. We arrived at 6.30pm and the restaurant was packed. We ordered a strawberry and...More

2  Thank Sheilambutcher
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Stumbled across this Italian restaurant and so pleased that we did, in fact we were so pleased with our dinner we were back 5 days later for lunch. Such a warm friendly welcome on both occasions and very cheerful and well informed wait staff. The...More

2  Thank chattis
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Not a place for a quick meal and the cabinet was pretty limited. However a great place for a meal with a view if you have the time.

1  Thank DJandR
Reviewed 10 May 2017

We were looking for a tasty light lunch and the Esplanade Restaurant delivered. It was a busy Saturday the day we were there but we were able to get a table outside and our orders were taken quickly. Be warned. It is overheated inside but...More

1  Thank Pacificwoman59
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

We had a light dinner with our 2 kids lastnight. We ordered prosciutto pizza and seafood pasta. So yum.

Thank DianneMcD
Reviewed 7 May 2017

All I wanted was a bacon and egg brunch but the only thing that came close was a dish of ham, egg mixed with tooooooo many herbs. Not cheap but great sitting looking out at the ocean.

Thank DianeC380
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Great views overlooking the beach. The pizza based menu was excellent and the shoe string chips popular. The staff were friendly and efficient. This is a perfect casual dining that also has a bar.

Thank Alipa50
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Def epic pizza, the pork fennel sausage with mushroom and truffle oil pizza is the freaking best. Theý let you bring your dog if you're seated outside. Service is excellent, the waiters have impressive italian pressed white shirts, and the interior is great. Super kid...More

Thank Bridie O
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Loved the view directly out to the waves crashing on to St Clair's beach. It wasn't busy when we arrived just after 10am but it was filling up as we left. And for good reason - tempting baking, good coffee and service and we had...More

1  Thank Kaz A
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We just called in the Esplanade for drinks on a couple of occasions without eating anything, however the place was quite busy and the food look ok, drinks and bar area was more than comfortable and in a great position on the front at St...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$20
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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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