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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A reliable place for reasonable food

This is another place we stop at when passing through Kaikoura. It has a very good range of food to eat in or takeaway. We had breakfast there this visit and it was not as enjoyable as past meals. The eggs were a little undercooked. It won't put me off going again.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great wee coffee shop The food is reasonably priced, coffee is great and the staff are really friendly

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I'm regularly travelling between Blenheim and Christchurch. It took me a bus ride to find out the cafe existed. Even though they are always busy at bus stop times - around 10 pm and around 7 pm, staff are friendly and fast, coffee is tasty, portions, generous and the bathroom facilities always clean. There is no better warmer on a... More 

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is another place we stop at when passing through Kaikoura. It has a very good range of food to eat in or takeaway. We had breakfast there this visit and it was not as enjoyable as past meals. The eggs were a little undercooked. It won't put me off going again.

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South Island, New Zealand
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103 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The best Seafood Chowder in Kaikoura. But not only that, the food is like home made. The staff seem to be experienced home cooks and the service is great

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Green Valley
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The outdoor seating was nice on a sunny morning, and the Big Breakfast was satisfying, but nothing special. Coffee is important to my wife, and she wasn't thrilled about the cup she had here. WiFi would have been welcomed, but was not available.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great coffee and cakes. Refreshing stopping by. Thanks for great atmosphere with nice people serving at the coffee and pleasant ambient.

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Kanpur, India
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We went their as our lunch was booked through our tour operator for whale watching. We were given a menu to choose from and chose 3 plates of fish n chips and one taco with red beans cheese and sour cream. The food was excellent and portions huge. So much so that 2plates would have been more than enough for... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

As Cafe Promenade was closed for lunch (we were there at 3pm) we decided to go to Why Not Cafe. Big mistake! It's a typical diner, simple furniture and self service. No WiFi available! The people at Why not Cafe are friendly but a bit shabby. We decided to order the local dish, mussels (20 dollar) and a chicken burger... More 

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Greymouth, New Zealand
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77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Quick break for lunch travelling from Blenheim to Christchurch. No particular reason for choosing this cafe apart from just parking close by. Place was clean and tidy with a good range of cabinet food. While it was quiet, it did seem to take a bit long to bring the one item that was being heated. Price was right for the... More 

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Liverpool
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

One of the few places open early Sunday morning in the centre of Kaikoura. Good service and coffee on the sunny side of the main street.

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  • Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 319-6486

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