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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #8 of 44 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Continental
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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
Kaikoura, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Best coffee I had in Kaikoura. The waiting time was a bit long, only for a to-go coffee, but understandable as it was a busy time of the day (9 am). Well done!

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Melbourne, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A very pleasant spot for coffee and munch after a morning on the water, reminiscing about the whales and sea birds we saw. Good selection in the attached shop.

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Westport, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Nice breakfast, big portions and great outdoor seating. Good feel as well well stocked gift shop. Ace!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We enjoyed a really nice breakfast with lot of vegetarian options. Enjoyed a spectacular view of the ocean while enjoying freshly backed croissant and coffee.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We stopped off in the wonderful town of Kiakora and made the mistake of not exploring the town first before stopping off for lunch. We found Cafe Encounter which was positioned nicely with beach front alfresco dining and sweeping views of the ocean. After cruising the menu, wedges seemed to be a feature (which is generally not a great sign)... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went here early on a Sunday based on reviews from here. It was ok. Nothing special. And it got really busy with people coming in for the cruise. Not sure I would go back.

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London, United Kingdom
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294 reviews 294 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We only had coffee and a snack here after our Dolphin trip, but coffee was excellent, cakes moist and tasty and service promt with all staff smiling. Good outside seating area, with seagull "protection", which did not alwats work (but how do you stop the determined seagull)??

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Milwaukee, WI
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The typical New Zealand breakfast (eggs, bacon, potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes) was delicious. Portion was huge - big enough to share. Definitely worth a stop here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Come to Encounter to book a wildlife tour; stay to eat their breakfasts, savoury muffins, and lunch specials. Then stay even longer to drink coffee and watch the world go by. We found it the perfect place to mix with tourists, locals and just a few seabirds too.

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Middlesbrough
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23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had a sandwich and cake after returning from the trip, they were fresh and tasty and eaten in nice surroundings. The café is modern, really smart and looks out onto the bay

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

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