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Why Not Cafe

66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Ranked #22 of 39 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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88 reviews 88 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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86 reviews 86 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
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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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had to make a quick visit to the café, but what we had was a tasty sandwich,very good, thank you.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Nice ocean front cafe with good food, great coffee, and a lovely friendly lady at the counter. Good for a quick snack and drink

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