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Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar

3_half star rating
65 reviews

Cuisine: A La Carte, New Zealand

24 Esplanade
(Hotel St. Clair)
St Clair
Dunedin City
03-456 0555
 

Hours:

  • Breakfast 7am – 10am
  • Lunch 11am – 2pm
  • Dinner 6pm – 9pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Scenic View
    • Live Music
    • Private Functions
    • Romantic Dining
    • Wedding Functions
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, Diners
  • Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free On-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: No
  • Takeaways: No
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Located at the Hotel St. Clair, recently awarded New Zealand’s Best New Hotel. Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar offers contemporary dining from award-winning Celebrity Chef, Michael Coughlin with stunning views over St Clair Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

The restaurant boasts three very distinct service times where Michael and his culinary brigade have created culinary delights making the most of local and seasonal produce.

Pier 24 Bar however offers an all day casual dining alternative with an array of platters and nibbles to accompany your favourite coffee, cocktail or other beverage from our fully stocked bar.

The restaurant is within easy reach of the major hotels and accommodation in the city just 8km from the main city centre.

Recent awards have included;
NZ Beef and Lamb Hallmark of Excellence
Hospitality Association of New Zealand Best Lamb – Finalist

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65 Reviews for Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar

sandra

4

21st July 2014
5 star rating
My son and I went there knowing that the food was amazing , but the service has not been amazing in my previous experiences , but was pleasantly surprised when we experienced excellent service. We could not fault the staff in any way.

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Amanda

1

2nd June 2014
1 star rating
What a horrible and terrible experience went there for brunch the other day and waited 25minutes and then asked where the food was as there were only three other groups in the restaurant at the time and discovered it had not been processed through the machine to the chef. So was very angry and then when food finally came out after 40minutes wrong order and waitress argued saying that we ordered a meal that we don’t even like to eat. Thankfully it was free but will never end up going there again worst service I have ever experienced in my life and arguing to a customer saying they were wrong!!!! Don’t go here it was horrible such a horrible waitress morning was ruined!!!

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Pip S.

1

20th January 2014
1 star rating
I took my sisters and husbands out to dinner for my birthday to a restaurant I have eaten at before so knew the food was good but my husband was not prepared for the service. We live in Austria so are used to bad service but this was beyond compare. We ordered a good bottle of champagne to start which was dumped onto the table in an ice bucket beside the glasses then the waitress left. After attracting the waitresses attention, my husband asked her if she was going to do anything with the champagne or did we have to pour it ourselves…..eventually it was poured for us. After ordering our dinner, we ordered a bottle of wine wine and a bottle of red wine to go with what we had ordered. The waitress then plonked down both bottles unopened (yes, they were screw top but really!) on the table and left. This is the first time have ever been in a restaurant who sells expensive wine to a customer but does not hang around to see if the wine is 1. what we ordered and 2. tasting as it should. I really had to restrain my husband who is definitely used to service when he is dining out. Had the waitress paid any attention to detail or service for that matter, we would have ordered more wine but were did not appreciate a change of staff so therefore no continuity of “service”. Will definitely not be going back and would not recommend it to anyone. As shame, because the food was actually good but spoilt by bad service!

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Yvonne

1

30th December 2013
2 star rating
I was down from Hamilton and a friend took me here for dinner. My comments would be similar to the people who had commented before me. The food was very good but service was absolutely appalling. The waiters and waitresses would avoid any form of eye contact and just chatted among themselves. When they do look up and you start waving your hand like a little school kid, they’ll turn their heads back down faster than you could say hello! It took me 10minutes to get a waitress attention and another 8minutes to receive my drink (yes I did place a timer on cellphone and no, the restaurant was not busy). I would not return again unless they change the attitude of their staff.

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7th December 2013
3 star rating
We recently had a lunch at Pier 24 and have often dined there before. The food was beautifully cooked and presented and to be honest we really enjoyed it. Unfortunately our table mats were dirty, the bases of the wine glasses weren’t clean and the floor really needed a tidy up. I wouldn’t dream of serving guests at home unless everything was spotless and expect the same when dinning out. I was sorry to see their previous high standards slipping.

Visited November 2013

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5th November 2013
2 star rating
We went to Pier24 last night for a special occasion as it came highly recommended. Unfortunately it did not stack up. They were aware it was a special occasion and when asked if we could bring a cake we were informed it would cost $10 to serve!
One of the side plates was dirty and had to be returned. Some of us had the battered fish which was in a very heavy overcooked batter, so much so I couldn’t even taste the fish. Chips were overcooked and it left me feeling slightly unwell because of the fat/oil content. It would have been much nicer in a lighter batter – the most expensive fish & chips I’ve ever eaten.
When asked for more drinks it took nearly 10 minutes for the waitress to return, I thought she had forgotten and their was not many people dinning.
The waitress reached over the table instead of coming around and serving from the side and we were not asked if the meal was ok.
All in all I would not recommend Pier24 as it was overpriced and for the price I feel they are relying on past recommendations and that there are certainly much nicer places to eat.

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15th August 2013
4 star rating
Pier 24 have one of the best Venison dishes that I have ever had, perfectly cooked with a hint of turffle throughout the dish.

The food matched the view and service.

Will be back to try the rest of the menu at some stage.

Not cheap, but hunt this place out.

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Lesley

1

24th July 2013
2 star rating
we recommended our other 8 guests dine with us for lunch last weekend as we had previously had a great lunch & service here.
Unfortunately, we had to tell them we were ready to order, had to top up our own water, grab our own salt and pepper, were never once asked if our meals were aok and the new menu, while being first class, seemed to have “jumped” up the ranks by over $5 per dish with less food – honestly $23 for 6 oysters served with only a bit of lemon to squeeze was a slightly disappointing, especially when the main was double the price and oysters, but you got fries and salad ! Not explained by the waitress very well at all
Won’t be rushing back in a hurry !

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sophie

2

21st April 2013
4 star rating
We come here often on weekends for coffee. It has a lovely view and also lovely service from the same waiter who seemed to look after the bar.

The coffee is very good and the scones there are huge!

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12th March 2013
2 star rating
This restaurant needs to learn that a nice room and nice food (nothing special) don’t make a quality eatery without great service. Sticking a student in a uniform does not make them a waiter. On recent visit our wait staff seemed to have nil training.

Our guest from the UK was keen to try blue cod for the first time and we saw in our research that it was on the bar menu. I expect that in a quality establishment every request I make will be happily met with a smile, or at least “I’ll see what I can do.” Our waitress, unbelievably, told us she would have to check if we were allowed the blue cod, as “Chef has sole he needs to use up first.” We all know how restaurants operate but this lack of awareness – as in what to say and what not to say to a customer – was sad.

Our wine waiter spilled the wine. This seems minor, but a great eatery gets all the little things right – that is what makes it great. I can spill wine at home for much less. Another waitress overloaded a tray with dirty glasses and then had to struggle to carry them out as they fell. Amateur hour. My message to the manager – get your staff trained. If you need advice on how to wait tables professionally – competently, friendly but not overly so – walk up the road to Neptunos and watch the American/Canadian waiter there. He clearly has been trained.

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12th January 2013
3 star rating
Our group of 5 had dinner on a Sat night. Table had a great view looking up the beach. One of our party sat under a strong light which became uncomfortably warm after a while. Service was prompt if a little brusque especially when we declined the up selling (pre dinner drinks, bottled water). Food was a mixed bag. Serving sizes were average but meals were well presented. Our group did not have starters. There was a good selection of mains with 2 good vegetarian choices. Our group had the following: sirloin steak, pork, lamb and venison. The sirloin was supposed to be medium rare – 2 of our group ordered this, one serving was almost overcooked, not even pink, the other was medium rare but was a bit gristly. The pork dish was overcooked and dry, the accompanying duck spring roll was good but was not the main part of this pork dish. The venison was rated v nice (8/10) and the Merino lamb was also rated well but accompaniments were over seasoned. Desserts were overall better than average except the bread and butter pudding was disappointingly stodgy.

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30th December 2012
2 star rating
We had Xmas day meal there.
No real Xmas welcome or Xmas music to add festive atmosphere, were to be served starters on arrival, seemed to be a shortage we only were served two each-Unacceptable, did the staff have them?
Throughout staff had long faces (apart from when we were all due to leave), the girls looked disheaviled as though they had got out of bed half hour before shift started, apart from a blonde waitress whom had gone to the effort of applying makeup, doing her hair nice and using red ribbon as Xmas flavour, the others looked like they need a good wash, men were well presented.
Food was disappointing -the selection lack of, meat was tender and enough of but not the side dishes – should have had roast veggies, deserts were nice but could have been more Xmas flavour, cheese selection with tea/coffee pathetic amount put out. Basically at $120 a head they made a killing, really disappointing.

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Grant

1

8th November 2012
3 star rating
Reserved table at Pier 24 last night requested table for four at window looking over the sea. Emailed back acceptance, arrived on time no seats available at window. Waitress couldn’t find our name in reservation list. Told to wait in bar for five minutes shown to table in middle of restaurant that was half full, told her that I had reserved window seat only to scoured at told we don’t do tables for four at window which is crap how hard is it to move slight larger table. Ordered over priced bottle Bollinger $230 because celebrating birthday waited over 15 minutes to get drinks just standing up to walk out when it arrived. Food reasonable but expensive, ordered anther bottle and left very dissatisfied. Been 3 times since opened always the same sour slow service, never again.

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28th October 2012
2 star rating
I had dinner at Pier 24 last evening. The best feature was the view over the sea. I ordered the main course salmon, for 38$. Also took the precaution of asking what potatoes beignet was. I decided to order a side plate of sauteed potatoes as a precaution. The helping of salmon was miniscule, and covered in a thin layer of this and that and a mouthful of crispy spuds. If I hadnt ordered the side plate, I would have ended up starving. No one brought any rolls and butter or bread to assist hunger pangs. The alleged bread and butter pudding was a round black ball of something or other. The wine was a disgraceful rip off, and I wont be going there again. I had some real food when I got home.
Starving

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Anna

6

9th October 2012
3 star rating
My husband and I dined at Pier 24 last Sunday 7th Oct 2012. We had heard great things about the restaurant and wanted to enjoy our time there. We made the reservation for lunch as we were recommended to, and were greeted before seated without any trouble.

As a keen diner, I tend to look at the menu online beforehand. Their menu was different from the one on their website – disappointing. But the food was good. We had the bar snack Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid as our starter. It was very tasty. My husband ordered the warm salad with beef, which was delicious. But my pork was somewhat average. The meat was cooked so well, but over seasoned. And the meat was covered with fried noodles that were tasteless and impossible to eat – didn’t care for the texture either.
We were somewhat happy with the meal, and decided to try their friand for dessert. Bad idea.

The service was average. Plenty of staff (as other previous diners have pointed out) but didn’t provide the kind of service you would expect from a restaurant with a big reputation. The bar tender was making strange vomiting sound as we were dining. And after the meal, we didn’t get offered the dessert menu. The tables were also oddly arranged that you had to brush past other diners to get to the restroom.

Quite disappointing.

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Tracey

3

8th October 2012
5 star rating
Second time I have dined here, and have had great experience both times. Meals are absolutely beautiful, and the ambience is lovely.

If I had one suggestion for improvement, it would be for the bar staff to be more attentive to people waiting for their tables (it turned out ours was ready for 20 minutes, before we finally went and enquired a 2nd time about whether it was ready).

I would have no hesitation in recommending :)

Visited September 2012

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15th September 2012
1 star rating
Well we tried for FOUR days and more than three calls a day to get Pier 24 to answer the phone so we could make a booking. Call length is always 11 minutes before their on hold system just cuts you off.

Based on that customer service its unlikely we’ll try the rest of the service – a shame really as the food sounds like it is worth trying

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28th July 2012
5 star rating
Karen B recommended this restaurant to me and she was right on the money. I agree wholeheartedly with her review, it describes our dining experience perfectly. It was simply superb. Do yourself a favour and dine here!

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27th July 2012
5 star rating
From the moment you walk through the door at Pier 24 you can feel the ambiance and class of this restaurant. The food here has won numerous awards and I can now see why, it is divine. The waiting staff are attentive and can even make recommendations regarding side dishes to accompany mains. On this occasion we did not have starters, instead aiming to have dessert. I cannot rave enough about the quality of the beef fillet, it just melted in my mouth. Not to mention looked incredible on the plate. The recommendation of the steamed spring vegetables was perfect to have with this.
Dessert (a raspberry and white chocolate torte) was equally as mouth watering and topped off the meal beautifully.

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16th July 2012
5 star rating
I recently had a very good experience at Pier 24. We came here as a celebratory meal and it was well worth the effort. I ordered the venison dish and my friend ordered the eye fillet steak – both were absolutely sensational, particularly the steak, which was mouth wateringly good. I did not try any of the desserts, although my friend ordered the crunchy ginger slice and it was very yummy. The service was great and of course the view over St Clair beach adds a wonderful ambience to the setting. It is worth noting also that Pier 24 do the BEST hot chocolates in Dunedin – my favourite part is the accompanying spoon, dipped in melted dark chocolate. Prices prohibit me from going here regularly, but it is the perfect place for a special occasion and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.

Visited June 2012

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Jo

5

27th May 2012
4 star rating
I like this place and also visit when I am in Dunedin. Great atmosphere and views. Excellent service and food.

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b s.

3

21st April 2012
4 star rating
Great service, excellent food. Pricey but well worth it. I’d happily go again if I could afford it.

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Sian

13

19th April 2012
5 star rating
The whole dining experience here was simple and elegant, and the food is delicious. we had bread and dips as a starter, for mains I had the beef fillet and my fiancee had the duck. I would reccommend all of these. My fiancee described his creme brulee as the best he’s ever had and my lemon meringue sandwich was excellent too.

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19th November 2012
3 star rating
My family had Dinner at Pier 24 in the weekend 16/11/12, I must say we had an fantastic waitress (Megan) she was excellent, the food was fantastic really really nice, but I must say I was disappointed, that at a table of 12 we could only use 3 Entertainment Cards, but if we had all came in seperately we could all use them, nothing stated on the Pier 24 page disappointing.

Visited November 2012

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Em

6

8th March 2012
4 star rating
Very clean loos.
Good food: fish cakes are delicious and the puddings very tasty
Staff a bit forgetful and disorganised
Great views.

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Sandra

1

28th January 2012
3 star rating
Service was friendly but disappointing. OK for a cafe but not the service expected given the prices. Dined here twice similar service both times, e.g. didn’t get water as requested. Food was good, view was fabulous but overall if you are looking to feel like you had a real treat I can’t suggest Pier 24.

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22nd January 2012
3 star rating
Had a meal on 21/01/12 as a birthday celebration. While the food was superb, the service was appalling! We had to go to the bar for all our drinks as the waiter service was non existent despite the fact there seemed to be plenty of staff on hand. We ordered a bottle of wine only to have the waiter deliver and open completely the wrong one – a Gewurztraminer instead of a Reisling. The location and food are excellent but you really need to work on the service, given that the prices make it a special occasion meal for most. How about a dedicated waiter to each table – one who regularly checks that drinks are refreshed?

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Comment from Pier24 of Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar 27/01/2012   
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to complete your review. I do apologise for the oversight in respect of the wine service. I do understand there many have been some extenuating circumstances that may have led to a number of our waiting team being…    More »
4th January 2012
1 star rating
We came here on the 1/12. Had a reservation obviously a table wasnt reserved but we chose to sit outside got menus told he was getting some water but no water for about 20minutes then a waitress took our order and i asked for water which eventually came. Meals were great! I tested my luck and asked for more water to have during our meals- ate our meals waited 10minutes then left to get water elsewhere- dissapointed at the service.

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garry

1

4th January 2012
1 star rating
a group of friends and i were ignored today, sat for about 10 mins wthout the slightest acknowledgment, no water no menu no nothing, about 4 staff standing around and only about 2 tables of customers who were grumbling as well, come on sharpen up aye!!, mind you they did smile as we walked out

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Comment from Pier24 of Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar 2/01/2012   
Thank you for comments, you can be assured that both myself and the Pier 24 Team share your concerns. Please be assured I will contact you directly to share with you on how we intend to provide reassurance to both yourself and our future guests that we will…    More »

Leeroy

43

13th November 2011
5 star rating
Outstanding food. The ingredients are fresh, the flavours are amazing, and everything is prepared and presented with care and skill.

We had a reservation on a night where there was also a group function for about 60 guests. Meals coming out were understandably slow. The staff were very apologetic and continually updated us on the progress of our order and to check that everything was alright.

Place is expensive, but worth every cent. Most people (including myself) cannot afford to dine here regularly, but for special occasions it’s an experience that cannot be beaten.

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Anya

5

22nd August 2012
5 star rating
Excellent service and delicious food.

Pier 24 produce is fresh, and the menu clearly has more than one star dish.

Breakfast Delicious, Lunch Delicious, Dinner Delicious and Dessert Delicious!

The Cocktails, Mocktails and Coffee are excellent!

You will pay the same price around the corner but not have the quality and skill that Pier 24 has.

ADD ON: 30th Dec 2011
we visit on a regular basis now, the food is so outstanding.

Visited December 2011

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20th August 2011
5 star rating
It’s been almost two weeks now, but I’m still aglow with the night we had at Pier 24. The view on a windy night with huge waves crashing into the sea wall was mesmerising. Comfortable seating, appropriately dimmed lighting for an intimate feel (albeit it was a party of 10). Service excellent. Food out of this world. My favourite was the pork belly entree (though the lamb main course was superb as well). Tender, falling off the knife, crackling just right. I asked the waiter how it was done, and Mr Coughlin kindly sent the information back to me. That’s going beyond his duty. Thanks, Mr Coughlin and thanks to our waiter (sorry I’ve forgotten your name) for your excellent and skilled attention, and kindly taking a photo of our table. I’m from Australia, but I’ll be certainly recommending this place to my friends if they’re ever going that way. I feel very privileged.

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sadi

3

10th June 2011
5 star rating
Excellent. The atmosphere, food and service were superb.We celebrated a birthday there recntely and were highly impressed by the food and service. Time between courses was just right and the food was tasty. Waiters were polite and attentive. Our water glasses never went dry. Kudos to the chef for amazing deserts even though we were bursting after our mains. Entrees were just the right size.
Highly recommend for that special ocasion. Worth every penny.

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25th March 2011
5 star rating
I went to Pier 24 for my 21st dinner in December last year. On arrival we were asked if we would like to have a seat at the bar and drink or go through to the dining room. We enjoyed a few drinks at the bar and then went through. The waiter we had was fantastic and explained all questions we had about the food on the menu. I ordered the steak for a main and it was potentially the most AMAZING meal I have ever had. I then had the cheesecake for dessert – again it tasted beautiful! Although it is expensive I think the price is worth it – pay an extra $15 for an amazing meal or pay $25-$30 for a meal that’s good – but not bragworthy. I would definitely go back!

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8th March 2011
5 star rating
I recently had my 21st High Tea function at Pier24 for around 35 people, and it was absolutely outstanding! The service, the views, and the food was incredible, and I have been hearing from my friends for weeks after my function about how delicious the food was and how special the restaurant was with the amazing decor and scenery. Upon discovering that our camera was faulty, and my dad had a wee panic attack, the manager without so much of a hesitation allowed us to use his personal camera to capture the event. I can honestly say we were so touched by his generosity at the last minute, an act truly outside expectations of a venue host! We will be back very soon to this very special place. Thank you so much for such a memorable afternoon! :)

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6th March 2011
5 star rating
Last night we went to Pier 24 for the first time. We read the reviews on here before going and still decided to try. All we can say is that if there are any negative reviews that these people obviously don’t know what fine dining is. I have noticed people complaining about splitting bills??? It states it on every page of the menu and most fine dining restaurant’s will do this. The service was impeccable and the food the best I have had in Dunedin. We have eaten in fine restaurant’s all around the world and I would have to say that Pier 24 is one of the top restaurant’s we have been lucky enough to dine at. Ignore the reviews from uneducated people, this restaurant is amazing and the chef deserves recognition for his amazing passion. Well done! we will definitely be back.

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Simon

3

15th February 2011
2 star rating
We went as a large group for lunch in early January 2011. Our group was from Auckland, London, Melbourne and Paris, as well as Dunedin. We all thought the menu was ok (many of the dishes reappear for dinner at a higher price) – the food that came out was well presented and overall good. However, we think the prices compared to the level of service and environment were very expensive.

Floor staff did not know the menu well, and were poor at explaining food, and did not remember who had ordered what. They also cleared plates before all had finished eating – I hate that.

Perhaps the worst was this though: four of the group paid to shout our Dunedin hosts. We were all chatting when paying the bill and only took sufficient notice to split it four ways. The next day our hosts received a phone call from Pier 24 saying we had underpaid…insisting we come in and fix the bill up.

Despite the mistake being on the side of the restaurant staff when someone went in, there was all kinds of suggestions that we had done this intentionally.

Super bad look.

A lot of our Dunedin friends are raving about the food at Pier 24, and we can understand that. However, if you want to charge those prices you need to match great food with high quality, competent service. From management to waiting staff – this place has poor service – not at all consistent with the quality they seem to be going for.

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Comment from Pier24 of Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar 3/09/2011   
Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing your opinion of Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar. I would like to advise you that we are now under new management since your last visit (we would also like to apologise for the previous management’s negative response to your comments). We…    More »

Marion

1

2nd February 2011
5 star rating
If you’re looking for a place to tantalize your tastebuds, St Pier is THE place. This restaurant offers extremely attractive wine and gastronomy. I would really like to go “behind-the-scenes” and see how the chef is cooking these gourmet delicacies. Mes compliments au Chef !!

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Lissa

1

7th January 2011
5 star rating
We often go down to Pier 24 and have always had a superb time. The staff are very friendly without being intrusive. Food from Michael Coughlin is always first class. The wine list has a strong focus on Otago which is just as it should be. We have lived in many parts of the world and eaten in some most interesting restaurants. Dunedin is very fortunate to have such a world class eatery. Oh, and the views are to die for as well!

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nikki

12

1st January 2011
5 star rating
My friend and I came here for lunch and we found the service to be really great from the moment we arrived. The waitress was welcoming and friendly and seemed to be taking great care of not only us but the the diners as well, she even made sure we were comfortable with the doors being open behind us and told us to let her know if we wanted them closed.
It really is a fantastic location with views unattainable from many other eateries around Dunedin, so that itself is a great treat. I enjoyed having such lovely fresh flowers on the table as well. I thought it was a nice touch and not commonly seen in many other places.
Our meals arrived promptly and were well presented. I thought my meal was seasoned superbly and was a perfect amount for lunch- not too heavy.
It is a pricey restaurant but I believe you pay for the quality you get and I personally feel every penny was worth it.
Thanks Pier 24, I will be back again soon!!

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22nd December 2010
5 star rating
Pier 24 – my clients and I rated the quality and choice of food and the service second to none and would compare the total experience to any top restaurant in the World.
Mark Dixon
Awesome Tours NZ

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22nd December 2010
5 star rating
I went to Pier 24 for my graduation dinner and it was the perfect way to end this important day for my family and I. Every course we had was delicious, the service exceptional, which complimented the restaurant’s stunning setting next to St Clair’s beach. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or as a nice place to catch up with friends over a coffee and cake as their hot chocolates are divine! Thank you Pier 24 :)

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Meg

1

15th December 2010
5 star rating
I have been here twice now and have LOVED the food both times. The service is fantastic and views over the beach beautiful.
I would definitely recommend Pier 24 and can’t wait to go back!!

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Miriam

1

14th December 2010
5 star rating
Our work group had a set menue lunch – fabulous food 9thier pork belly is unbeatable), value, atmosphere and service. Duendin’s best without a doubt

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Sally

1

14th December 2010
4 star rating
Most of our large group enjoyed their meals which were well presented and interesting. The restaurant is in a fabulous location with stunning views from the bar. The initial bar service was very poor (barman didn’t know what a lager was!) and they could have made more money by lowering the exorbitant wine prices and serving a bit faster (but the restaurant was full so some allowance made). Changes to the menu weren’t advised to diners before ordering resulting in disappointment, but overall a very nice meal.

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Tim C.

1

29th November 2010
5 star rating
What a great idea it was to book Pier 24 for our birthday dinner. The food was absolutely amazing, it was beautifully presented and tasted incredible! The view of the sea was the nicest I have ever seen, from our table we could see right down St Clair Beach. The table service was first class, we even had a french speaking waitress who took our orders from our french host. Thank you Pier 24 for such a wonderful evening!

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Rob F.

2

25th November 2010
5 star rating
Love your restaurant – the pork belly is to die for with the tamerillo. Great.

lover the location, food, service…. well done

Rob f

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haini

1

21st November 2010
4 star rating
Absalutly amazing! went there for my works do and was amazed how good the food was! would definitly go back there!

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Ktha

3

24th October 2010
4 star rating
Service definitely have room for improvement for an upmarket restaurant. But we were very satisfied with the food. We will definitely god back there again.

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16th August 2010
2 star rating
Delicious soup! The food was great but lukewarm coffee and asked for Trim milk but didn’t get it.
When it came to paying the account, we were with some other people we didn’t really know, celebrating our daughters’ successes. We were not asked how we wanted to pay and the bill was totalled. We had to split it in half, even though we had not eaten as much as the others. This was so totally inflexible and embarrassing! We were told they could divide the bill by 10 and we could pay 4 times and the others 6. How stupid and inconvenient. This left a sour taste in our mouths and we will not return and would not encourage others to do so, despite the lovely food!

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Cwalo

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5th July 2010
1 star rating
I ate in here with 7 friends to celebrate a friend’s birthday. As some of us arrived first, we were informed to wait for the rest of them before getting into the dining area.

The service was not bad. As I was learnt in the Uni that I could ask for a healthier option in term of cooking method, I requested to have a grilled blue cod main dish instead of fried, while I was refused immediately. The only other fish dish available on the menu was a King fish dish.

The taste of the starter was fine, but the porton were small, espcially for a squid dish which consisted of only 2 small pieces of squid and some salad on top.

For the main (grilled fish mentioned before), it was the worst dish I have ever tried in New Zealand.I can tell from the appearance that the fish was overcooked. It was dry and chewy. Although the portion size was big, I could not finish that because of this rubbery texture.

In total…it costed $50 for this meal! I swear I will never come back for second!

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25th May 2010
5 star rating
Excellent food and great choices available. We were a party of 5 and everyone enjoyed every course. Service was excellent as well. It was a fairly cool night and only minus was the room temperature was a bit cold. Definitely go back.

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25th May 2010
5 star rating
I dined @ Pier 24 recently with my girlfriend, very excited to try the cuisine of chef Michael Coughlin, who has been so highly rated; a poppy to pick or love!? So…was very happy to ENJOY this immensely. The venison was one of the most tender cuts I had ever tasted & presented in a manner that suited top class cuisine. My girl friend is french & also a chef & she was the one who wanted to test this place out & after exploring each others meals & enjoying an excellent wine choice of – horrors- an aged Pinot that was actually ready to drink; exquisite…How many times do I go to restaurants who serve astronomically priced too young reds that we should love just because they are a good label; Food AND wine. Thank you!! ..PS don’t be put off by the exterior appearance of this place; once inside the view & decor are fantastic.

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25th May 2010
5 star rating
We ate here on a Sunday night so the restaurant was quiet. The food was excellent and we found the service was perfectly satisfactory. I wouldn’t hesitate to dine here again. And yes the food is a little pricey but no more than one would pay in Wellington Auckland or Queenstown. We thought we got value for what we spent – under $500 for five people; we all had three courses, wine and a predinner drink but skipped coffee

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16th May 2010
5 star rating
Came to Dunedin for my nephews graduation and had a set menu dinner at Pier 24 this past weekend. May I just point out that the quality of the food was fantastic! The service was great and friendly! It is very good to see that such a small city like Dunedin has an establishment with an international collection of staff who are very well trained in what they do.

The wine selection was fantastic; sampling an exciting variety of well known yet rare Central Otago brands. Having a wine a waiter who knew what he was talking about helped as well.

Am a little bit disappointed how ever with the amount of negative feed back on this place, I have been to Dunedin on more than one occasion and do consider myself a bit of a “foodie” and I think that instead of bagging this restaurant and it’s team for putting out over priced food ($40 for a venison is acceptable) Dunedin should open its arms to a little bit of class, comfort and change. Simply because having a city full of restaurants with practically the same bar/grill $19.50 menus will eventually get boring.

I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone and would definitely return upon my visit to Dunedin.

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15th May 2010
2 star rating
Overpriced food and average service. When will chefs get it through their heads that ‘nouvelle cuisine” is outdated………

Had to buy a burger at McDonalds after I had paid a lot of money to “dine” at pier 24

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14th May 2010
2 star rating
I would like to share my experiences at Pier 24 with you.
We came for lunch. The first problem we came across was the service. The lunch menu was simple so it took far too long for the food to arrive.
I had the fish and chips. It was priced at $26.50 so I thought it must be spectacular for that price. How wrong I was. I cannot stand frozen chips so I was very disappointed to find that that was what I had to eat.
Surely a chef as ‘experienced’ as Michael Coughlin wouldn’t dream of taking a packet of chips from the frozen counter at New World.
From this experience I am unsure of whether I would ever return to this restaurant, and my husband has also made this clear using my account on a different website, and Pier 24 is being pretentious by thinking that their restaurant is the ‘most sought after’ restaurant in the city.

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tom

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8th May 2010
1 star rating
Went to this establishment around a month ago for a meal with relatives. Good service, but both beverages and food were massively overpriced. I had the venison,(around $40.00 from memory) which would best be described as bland. It tasted very similar to the Silver Fern Farms venison medallions that you can buy from New World. For this price, I expected higher quality, and was disappointed by the meal size. With the bill total at around $400 for 5 people, it was an expensive night.

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Fabia

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6th May 2010
5 star rating
I have been to Pier 24 for dinner last night and the food was excellent and very well presented. I had the lamb and was cooked perfectly and also entree and desert was outstanding. The staff were very polite and friendly.
I will definitely return for dinner again!

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1st May 2010
1 star rating
I just wanted to share my experience from the recent evening dinner at that joint.

I ordered lamb which apparently only comes as medium rare there. When I saw blood coming out from the piece of meat I was given I asked to have it redone. After the waitress politely inquired if I was able to read English and with the peer pressure from the rest of the guests she unwillingly took it back to the kitchen. I was given another piece of lamb which turned out to be a twin brother of the first one. At that point I asked her to perhaps consider zipping it in a microwave? I was told that they do not do that. I agreed that if it was against the morals of the cook, I would finish frying it at home. The waitress then noted that I was not allowed to take left overs home as the place did not have a license for it.

The good news are that that Canadian salmon that I got at the “New World” was still fresh in the fridge at home and I did have a dinner after all.

My friendly advice to “Pier 24″ customers: if you do decide to risk having a meal there, make sure you have a “Plan B” set up first!

Igor Melnychuk, MD

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27th April 2010
2 star rating
Had a meal here 2 weeks ago @ the cost of$170.00 for two people.
I would tend to agree with previous peoples comments. Rabbit way to salty and the service not that great.
No waitress came back @any stage to see if everything was all right.
Had to go to bar to order more drinks.
May go back but would have to hear better comments.
A shame they’re not living up to their intended standards.
Disapointed Dinner.

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korora

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20th April 2010
2 star rating
I was pleased to have the chance to eat at Pier 24 last night after some great dinners at another restaurant.

The food was good, as expected (though the rabbit and risotto were both somewhat oversalted), and the setting is pleasant, but the service was very disappointing. Although only a few tables were occupied, the kitchen and staff seemed unable to cope. Starters were extremely slow to arrive, we had long waits between courses, and the waitstaff were nowhere to be found in the meantime, even to bring more water. One of our side orders never appeared, and since our waitress returned only to clear our plates, we never had a chance to remind her about it.

If the management is committed to improving service (instead of berating customers as in response to an earlier comment on this site), the restaurant is worth a return visit. If not, there are other restaurants in Dunedin with equally good food and reliable service.

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8th April 2010
1 star rating
Review as written on 1 March 2010 – updated on 8 April 2010


We called into Pier 24 for Dessert and Coffee on Saturday to be told the Kitchen closed at 2pm.

We ordered a coffee and asked to sit in the corner over-looking the beach.

We were told NO that table is in the restaurant and restaurant was closed.

The English waiter was very unpleasant and from this experience I would not recommend anyone go there.

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Pier 24 – comments on my original review


Hi LittleOne,

James H. sent you a message on MenuMania:

Subject: Pier 24 Review

“Dear ‘LittleOne’

I am the Manager at St Clair Beach Resort, I am a little bit annoyed about the way you have put a review on to MenuMania regarding our restaurant based on an experience a long time ago; I know this as the English Waiter has not been working here at Pier 24 for over month.

We have had many new staff and have worked extremely hard to gain a good reputation that is tarnished by your out of date review.

I would ask you to consider removing the review and would invite you back to Pier 24 for a drink or coffee with my compliments to try and rectify your opinion.

Please contact me to organise when you would like to come in.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
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Comment from Pier24 of Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar 3/09/2011   
Hi LittleOne, Thank you for your previous comments about our venue. I would like to advise you that as of August 2011 Pier 24 Restaurant & Bar is under new management. We’d also like to apologise for the previous management’s negative response to your comments….    More »
17th January 2010
5 star rating
I have just recently been to Pier 24 for an evening meal. The food was amazing, the staff were very professional and helpful for choosing courses and the atmosphere was welcoming and unique. The ocean views must be the best in Dunedin but we wished we could dine right in front of the ocean! that right is reserved for the bar, but still did not hinder the meal.

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sez

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27th December 2009
5 star rating
I went to Pier 24 for dinner last night the service and food were exquisite. I ordered the venison which was flavorsome and well presented. The room was full yet the atmosphere was intimate. Would definitely recommend.

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