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Cafe Encounter

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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone...
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and view

I liked the soups, sandwiches and pastries. Not crowded during the winter months. Just across from the sea, great view.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I liked the soups, sandwiches and pastries. Not crowded during the winter months. Just across from the sea, great view.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Cafe Encounter is a great place for lunch in Kaikoura. A bit further past the shops in town around the bay, Cafe Encounter has a large outdoor seating area and whether you are eating inside or out, there are lovely views of the sea. Staff are super helpful and coffee and food is consistently good!

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

What a fantastic cafe with the most stunning views it has a cozy feel and very friendly staff the coffee is the hottest we have had in a while they have a lovely selection of scones and muffins and s good lunch menu it is not over the top prices either I thoroughly recommend a visit here you go around... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Great view on a sunny day, good music and good food. Perfect for a snack before going out to see the dolphins

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Kaikoura, null, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Fresh produce, no long waits, friendly staff. Great soups. Always something Tasty to try and usually has some variety seafood on the blackboard menu Can have cheap dishes as well as more expensive ones

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Cabinet and menu food always great at a good price and in nice location. Shares premises with Encounter experiences with Dolphins and Albatross.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Went for lunch. A variety of menu, counter food and specials of the day. My son had the steak as which which he enjoyed but this was around $21 I had a chicken and mushroom strudel with salad which was tasty. The counter food looked a bit dry and un inspiring but we enjoyed what we had. There is a... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Excellent coffee, one of best in town. For a small flat white (picollino) it's 4 dollar and small coffee it's 3 dollar. Lunch during slow season it's only from 12u - 2u so keep this in mind!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a very special cafe with atmosphere right on the shore in Kaikoura. It is lovely to eat outside under umbrellas and soak in the sea-side atmosphere, while eating a superbly created meal. I indeed felt that the meal was one of the best I have eaten this year. .

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Its small but serves some really good bites, also the coffee comes with latteart,its good for waiting for a tour or something. only worse, a bit expensive!

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Address: 96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
Cuisine: International

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: International

Description

Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777

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