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Cafe Encounter

96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 39 restaurants in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Continental
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
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English first
Waimate, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Staff at bella vista suggested cafe for brunch and so glad she did, the crepes were amazing, awesome view and perfect coffee. Friendly staff, only downside was the pesky seagulls but not much can be done about those when you are right on the waterfront.

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Alston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Been here several times for lunch and coffee. Friendly service, great view, good choice of food and drink which is well cooked and presented and not too expensive, and cater for children (plus they have some toys and colouring). The shop on the side is lovely as well. Only thing I would say is it would be nice for a... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Ordered a couple of lunches and both of us were dissatisfied. Crab cakes should be renamed potato cakes and my ham wrap was very plain and very wet, I assume from washing the salad but not shaking it after

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had a lovely breakfast here. Really nice coffee. We required an early breakfast and they are first to open at 7.30am (winter hours). Our breakfasts came out very fast as we had told them we had a charter at 8.30 to catch very accommodating and friendly. Great place for breakfast plenty to choose from even with our diet requirements.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Cafe here had fine service and nice food. Just the thing if eating before the boat trip was not going to happen. WiFi for a short time with food purchase was a nice option!

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Barcelona, Spain
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We take a quick lunch in the cafe waiting for the time to go out with the albatross encounter. The food was good and come in time to eat it with no hurry.

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kuala lumpur
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119 reviews 119 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Nice spot for breakfast and coffee before you head off to their Dolphin or Seal tours. There's a shop attached with all sorts of great souvenirs to buy too.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Cafe opens at 7.30am and is less than 2 mins walk from the Waves apartments which makes it very convenient if you are staying there. I really enjoyed my cooked breakfast (Eggs Benedict) but thought their coffee was a bit inferior.

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Cafe-Encounter1, Front Office Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we always welcome feedback from our guests. We're delighted to read that you enjoyed your eggs benedict, and at the same time very sorry to read that you enjoyed your coffee less so. We have a great team of baristas who take a lot of pride in making... More

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Great location and wonderful food. Highly recommended for breakfast or lunch. Service was fast and efficient too.

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NZ
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We had lunch at Café Encounter last week on the way home from Christchurch and although the meals were delicious, I thought the small portion of salmon (about an inch wide) I ordered was disappointing. It really was more entre size than a lunch portion. It came with a little potato bake on the side and some beans - very... More

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