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Paua Rock Cafe & Bar

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Cafe, New Zealand, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub
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1800 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
+(64)319 5900
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

Stopped here for lunch on the way home. Had fresh blue cod with salad and an iced coffee, food was excellent. Staff were friendly and helpful and the view was stunning. Would definitely go back again.

Thank mystified555
Blenheim, New Zealand
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016

The cafe is clean & tidy - we arrived at 12.45pm wanting a quick lunch not a cooked meal - very little choice - said sandwiches could be made on request but no display of the choice of fillings - I had a ready made egg sandwich - quite salty & my companion had a sausage roll - the coffee... More 

Thank Gerald B
Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Newly refurbished this season, this cafe (which serves both standard fare and New Zealand specialities such as mutton bird and Paua patties) has a 100 per cent window frontage which allows a panoramic view of this fabulous stretch of coast. We stopped for tea (served in pots New Zeland style) and had an informative conversation with the owner and his... More 

Thank Tantranorth
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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172 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

new owners here and what a difference,it is a must stop not only if you are a fish freak as have a wide variety of food,we have mussel pies,whitebait,paua,muttonbird,i could live here no trouble,hubby had soup very nice thick homemade and spagetti and meatballs which he said were fantastic,the hosts are lovely people and friendly plus helpful,will never pass here... More 

Thank Yvonne K
Nelson, New Zealand
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88 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

We had lunch here. The waitress was very friendly. The seafood chowder was first class served with garlic bread. Excellent coffee. All the staff were anxious to please. Seated at a window table we had an amazing vista of the foreshore and sea. Calm at first a southerly front came through and churned up the sea in seconds. Really recommend... More 

Thank Diane W
Christchurch, New Zealand
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

We love to pop in here on our way north, its always a great place for a coffee and a bite of lunch. We enjoy the beaut ocean views, but also the tasty fresh food on offer, and delish coffee!

Thank TeresaS812
Masterton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We called in to purchase something for an early lunch and decided on the whitebait fritter sandwich, which was made while we waited and it was absolutely beautiful. We sat beside the sea across the road and watched the dolphins playing nearby, couldn't have been better!

Brisbane, Australia
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63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Being the first cafe I visited in Kaikoura, I was impressed with the views of the Kaikoura coast from the cafe. The food was reasonably priced and excellent as was the service.

Thank Justin S
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108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

On making the drive from Christchurch to Blenheim we stopped here for lunch. The food was cooked to order and they made good coffee. If you're lucky you may even see some dolphins in the sea from the window.

Thank Elizalilymum
Christchurch, New Zealand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2016

Great takeout meal, fish and chips and salad, good value for money, plenty of food, well presented. Afternoon tea was good as well, I really liked my Americans, and the savoury scone was light and tasty.

Thank parkhouse2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Bar, Seafood, European, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1800 State Highway 1, Kaikoura 7374, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +(64)319 5900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?