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Why Not Cafe

66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
319-6486
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Ranked #23 of 39 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
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
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Senior Reviewer
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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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

we had lunch here, they offer a good selection of food, hot or cold. they are priced fairly too. we enjoyed what they had to offer

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Oxfordshire,UK
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We stopped for a quick lunch here and were not disappointed. They have a good selection of sandwiches and cooked food. The milkshakes are good and the staff are friendly.

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