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Monday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Saturday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

Sunday8:00 am – 9:30 pm.

250 Forbury Road, Saint Clair, Dunedin

03 456 2544

Beachfront and Italian may not be the most common marriage on New Zealand shores, but it’s a marriage that works well at St Clair’s Esplanade.

The exposed brick walls reveal the heritage of the building – contrasted with plenty of timber throughout, the space has an airy and ‘bach-like’ feel that you’d want in a seaside eatery and watering hole.

As spectacular as the sea views are the Italian offerings on the menu. Pizza and antipasti-style eats are the heroes here. Wine offerings are predominantly Italian, adding a whiff of authenticity, but a few quality local meals have found their way onto the menu too. True to Italian hospitality, here it’s warm and fun, friendly and family-orientated. With the added Kiwi dimension of beach culture and salty sea air, it’s no wonder Esplanade attracts not only its neighbours but also those from further afield too.

Words by Abigail Egden & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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250 Forbury Road, Saint Clair, Dunedin

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