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Cafe Encounter

96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 42 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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London, United Kingdom
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291 reviews 291 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Merseyside
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Gorgeous views if you sit outside, of the ocean and mountains. Great tasting coffee, wonderful croissants, and the lamb Kofta was better than any I had in Greece or a Greek restaurant.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We stopped by for breakfast and even though our orders were taken straight away it took forever for the food to arrive. We had ordered a pot of tea and had to ask when it was coming even though we were halfway through our breakfast. The staff need to know that most people would be happy having their drinks if... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We went to eat breakfast after our dolphin encounter. It was just what we needed. A lot of choice. We had eggs and they were made perfectly.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Perfect for breakfast and/or lunch on either side of the dolphin or albatross encounter excursions. They had pre-cooked quiches up to eggs benedict with salmon, which were equally great. We had a seafood chowder and also fish and chips for lunch one day when we had a tight time frame between the dolphin swim and the albatross encounter expeditions, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've eaten here quite a few times now and each time the food is very very yummy and the service great! This is now our favourite cafe to go to whenever we have afternoons off :) plus it has a beautiful view! excellent!

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Hastings, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Is quite a way along the esplanade, but worth finding. Large outdoor seating area with a fabulous view up the coast. Product, prices & staff were all very good. With an AA deal we even were given a free choc. dolphin

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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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