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All 40 Kaikoura Restaurants

Why Not Cafe

66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Ranked #22 of 40 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Hokitika, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great food, super hot hot chocolate, at last! Try the cheese rolls, they are a must. While we were they over the weekend, which was three times, this restaurant had people constantly coming in, that in its self is a good recommendation. If I had to have a criticism it would be that it is not big enough.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Dated cafe with mainly cabinet food. We didnt order coffe because we doubted it was going to be 'barista grade'. The chicken wrap and pumpkin and spinach frittata were bland.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Home made delicious food with fair prices. Nice gentleman, Derrick, engaged us in conversation. Turns out he had been in Cincinnati, our home town, twice. It's a small world.

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Berlin, Germany
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97 reviews 97 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

good food, great service with a good atmosphere, within the main area of town which is just great, coffee and drinks selection is great as well, can be busy when the buses come in

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Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Well located right in town. It was busy, always a good sign. Staff were nice & friendly and the order did not take too long to arrive. The seafood chowder was really good, nice and hot with garlic bread. Beef nachos also good value. Good atmosphere here, like a coffee shop but they serve way more than just coffee and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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97 reviews 97 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The interior is too welcoming, but it is one of the few places in NZ where you can get a burger and fries for $10 or under (outside McD or BK). Burger was good, plenty of toppings and they didn't even charge extra for ketchup or mayo.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

We had gone searching for a place for breakfast and decided to give the Why Not Cafe a go as the prices weren't too steep compared to other places in Kaikoura. The service was fine, the coffee was good, but the breakfast was very disappointing and quite possibly the worst bought meal of our 15 day trip so far. We... More

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Nice and good prices. Has a lot to offer and a nice back door garden. Could be more cosy inside though.

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Barry, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

For good food at reasonable prices this is a very good café. For service it was also near the top of my list. Well worth a visit----right opposite the I SITE>

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Located in the middle of Kaikoura great coffee and delicious food. Staff were friendly and prices fair.

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