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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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  • 53
    Very good
  • 13
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A good place to decide what to do

busy, busy, busy, the only words to describe this centre and cafe. The staff are so patient, they can find something for everyone's taste and you will be hard pushed to beat this place in Kaikoura.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
John L
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

busy, busy, busy, the only words to describe this centre and cafe. The staff are so patient, they can find something for everyone's taste and you will be hard pushed to beat this place in Kaikoura.

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Madrid, Spain
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stopped to have a coffee before leaving the village. The place was nice, clean, with toilets. The terrace is nice although the seagulls are around all the time, but it's normal, the sea is across the street. The coffee was good.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Stopped off here for our lunch on the way from Christchurch to Blenheim.I had the special which was a steak sandwich, beautifully cooked and a reasonable size for the price.Staff friendly

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hamilton new zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My husband and I had breakfast here while doing a road trip. The food was very tasty and came out promptly. The seagulls can be a bit of a nuisance if sitting outside, was a little scared I was going to get pooped on, lol

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had a delicious breakfast here. Try the muesli with fruit & yoghurt. croissants are hot & crisp & the bagel with smoked salmon was excellent. Good coffee too.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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123 reviews 123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A lot of people when we arrived but orders were quickly taken & food arrived fast. I had muesli my sister bacon & eggs. Delicious food really friendly service Will be back.

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United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

and an outstanding breakfast outside under the sun shade. Can't be beaten as a place to wait for the Dolphins or Whales to swim past. Apparently the breakfast muffins and cheesecake were good too.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

How can you ruin a toasted sandwich? Cafe encounter can seemingly without even trying. The chicken was cheap processed stuff, the cheese and pineapple toasted sandwich contained one square of processed half melted cheese. Not to mention the coffee was too hot, weak and made by someone who had no idea how to get the creamy texture. Don't waste your... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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173 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We had brunch here after going on one of the dolphin tours They have a great range of breakfast and lunch choices with a nice sunny patio outside Prices are good and the food is really nice It does become very busy when the dolphin tour returns

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
2 reviews
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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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: Continental

Description

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

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