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Cafe Encounter

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New Zealand, International
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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
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
Good place for lunch

Stopped here for some toasted sandwiches and coffee. Great views across the road from the beach and helpful staff. Great place for a quick stopover.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Swanee59
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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92 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here for some toasted sandwiches and coffee. Great views across the road from the beach and helpful staff. Great place for a quick stopover.

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Thank Swanee59
Wellington, New Zealand
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317 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our late lunch was great, fresh and well presented. The fish sandwich was made from freshly crumbed fish. The fish chowder was served with lovely grain bread. The coffee was great.

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Thank A P
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had the special lunch here when I called in to confirm booking. Very tasty, efficient service, reasonably priced plus wifi. Had coffee and cake after the albatross encounter again very happy with it.

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Thank Supergranbee
Charlevoix, Michigan
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396 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to grab a cup of coffee and something to eat after your swim with the Dolphins. Also was happy to have a bagel. Haven't had one in awhile and it was toasted and good. Good chai as well!

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Thank Upnorthtransplant1
Timaru, New Zealand
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped for a breakfast on the run. Coffee was perfect and croissant was delicious. Were given eco friendly utensils for our take away. Staff were very friendly too

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Thank hidez_12
Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had some cake and tea here after doing the dolphin swim, it was nice enough for a cafe-attachment.

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Thank HellieNZ
Exeter, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sheltered from the rain here. Delicious Thai pumpkin soup. Also had tea & coffee the next day. Additional seating towards back of shop - slightly nicer setting if you can't get outside

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Thank DandR-Exeter
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Needed a good feed before continuing on our travels. Could not be better, large varied menu - small or BIG meals. Perfect for our breakfast needs.

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Thank maggiehamilton2014
oxford
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200 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived off the morning train from Christchurch and had breakfast here- really good coffee. We liked it so much we came back for lunch and had bowls of Thai soup with good bread- we saw trays of freshly baked muffins and all manner of sandwiches and rolls. You might have to wait a bit if its busy- but thats... More 

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Thank Glinys W
Trondheim, Norway
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97 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

this cafe is located in the centre where you book dolphin toirs, so spend your lunch in here instead of the campervan, folks! they have a good range of fresh food with lunch specials which were good quality, lovely taste and freshly made at the premises.

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Thank PINGUZ

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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: New Zealand, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children

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?