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96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing food and service

Great view on a sunny day, good music and good food. Perfect for a snack before going out to see the dolphins

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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116 reviews 116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Went for lunch. A variety of menu, counter food and specials of the day. My son had the steak as which which he enjoyed but this was around $21 I had a chicken and mushroom strudel with salad which was tasty. The counter food looked a bit dry and un inspiring but we enjoyed what we had. There is a... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Excellent coffee, one of best in town. For a small flat white (picollino) it's 4 dollar and small coffee it's 3 dollar. Lunch during slow season it's only from 12u - 2u so keep this in mind!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a very special cafe with atmosphere right on the shore in Kaikoura. It is lovely to eat outside under umbrellas and soak in the sea-side atmosphere, while eating a superbly created meal. I indeed felt that the meal was one of the best I have eaten this year. .

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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68 reviews 68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Its small but serves some really good bites, also the coffee comes with latteart,its good for waiting for a tour or something. only worse, a bit expensive!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We loved this cafe and came back several times,breakfast was gorgeous with the best scrambled eggs ever ! There's also a great selection of teas to help your meal go down. Nice buzzing atmosphere and a lovely,unusual gift shop within the premises. Give it a go.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a lovely café with great coffee and a nice gift shop. The food is average, my tuna fishcake was mainly potato and lacking in flavour. Our sandwich order was incorrect but speedily rectified with a smile. The staff are lovely and views outstanding. Would happily come here again.

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A good selection of food, clean, next to white morph hotel. Friendly polite staff, nice coffee. Recommend this cafe for lunch.

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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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  • 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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