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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, 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
quick lunch break

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Christine R
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Greymouth, New Zealand
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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119 reviews 119 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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203 reviews 203 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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Geelong, Australia
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296 reviews 296 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The breakfasts were well cooked and presented, and were entirely adequate. The service was speedy and friendly. Children were catered for well.

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Edmonton, Canada
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141 reviews 141 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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43 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
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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  • 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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