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Cafe Encounter

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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great place for a treat

Often go to the Encounter for a special treat for morning or afternoon tea or for a lovely lunch. Always clean and great service.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Often go to the Encounter for a special treat for morning or afternoon tea or for a lovely lunch. Always clean and great service.

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

we did our breakfast here as we were staying in White Morph. Although little expensive, but food was amazing. And Please do try their Coffee and Hot chocolate. i have never drink such perfect coffee and hot chocolate in anywhere in the world.

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Picton, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We have eaten at the Cafe Encounter on several occasions and enjoy the food, outdoor seating and views. The coffee was very good, as was the tea which was beautifully presented in a lovely glass pot with a miniature milk bottle. We all had eggs and bacon. We loathe "soggy toast" and hence have taken to travelling with our own... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Lunch of Talbot was delicious, first time the chef had prepared it and he made a great job, good coffee. Only down side was the cafe is noisy but that won't stop me returning

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Restaurant Details

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?