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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average Food and Coffee, but open early for Breakfast

I am not sure if the Kiwis get up later than Canadians, but it was always tough finding a breakfast place that opened before 8 AM. this place was the exception and everyone in town was there. The baked beans on toast were just average and the foam on our lattes was more like meringue. But, it was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I am not sure if the Kiwis get up later than Canadians, but it was always tough finding a breakfast place that opened before 8 AM. this place was the exception and everyone in town was there. The baked beans on toast were just average and the foam on our lattes was more like meringue. But, it was open when... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This has a good variety of food at a reasonable price; staff are pleasant & efficient and cafe is light & clean.

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Cairns, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Popped in for breakfast and was pretty disappointed. The staff and coffee were both lovely but 4 of us ordered eggs Benedict, out of the 8 eggs in total all were over cooked and nit runny at all as you would expect. The hollandaise sauce was really cold. A shame as the staff were very nice

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Stopped for a coffee, stayed for a meal, I had fish and chips, my friend had a pizza, we were both well pleased with the size of the meals, and the value. The food was hot, tasty, and very more-ish. Yes we went back for more, the staff were helpful, and had a great sense of humour. There was a... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited in November 2013 and had our breakfast there each morning. Service was friendly and food was good value. We are going again and will difinately be in again for breakfast at the end of March this year

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We needed lunch in a hurry and so chose hot food from the counter cabinets. Staff were friendly. There is nothing upmarket about the café but it is in the centre of Kaikoura and is convenient for lunch.

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South England
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204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Well, why not? We saw the lunchtime special of $10 fish and chips and were surprised to ge two big fillets and a big plateful of chips. The fish was perfectly cooked, juicy and flavoursome. 10/10!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

In for breakfast/ brunch coffee. Nice friendly casual service. Good brunch snacks to keep us going. Good location in the sun, sitting outside.

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Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Sadly we only stopped for a take out coffee but we were very tempted by the food on view, including some very large home baked goodies.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Always get a good feed here with friendly fun service. Best place to get a pie and bread roll. also yummy cakes

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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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