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“Great Meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Encounter

Cafe Encounter
96 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 42 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Cuisines: Continental
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
Dannevirke, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“Great Meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My Husband and i went to the encounter and had a Great brunch and were helped by great staff with enquies and pricing on dolphin watching. They have a wonderful seclection of gifts and we purchased a stuffed dolphin toy for a family member.

Visited November 2012
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Cafe-Encounter1, Front Office Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thank you so much for your review! Delighted to read that you had a lovely meal, some good covnersation with our team and some shopping too! Hope the stuffed toy went down well as a gift - they make for great cuddles! :-)
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“At Dolphin Encounter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Ate there after the dolphin swim, which was fantastic. Couldn't rate that highly enough as had good group of dolphins very interested in us. We had to leave them in the end! The food in the cafe was very good, reasonably priced and a fair selection

Visited October 2012
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Cafe-Encounter1, Front Office Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Hi there thanks so much for taking the time to make a review we love hearing that people have had a great time with us, and enjoyed our cafe fare as well as one of our great tours! :-) Hope we see you again someday!
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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Warm drink”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

For a Norwegian who is in to warm chocolate, New Zealand was heaven. And this place had good chocolate, too

Visited December 2011
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great coffee, food and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The coffee here is great, food yummy. outdoor seating with awesome views over the sea make this cafe our favourite in Kaikoura. On A cold day sit in side at one of the seats in the gallery shop at the very front of the restaurant.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cafe-Encounter1, Front Office Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Hi there thanks so much for your review and apologies for the tardy response! Fantastic to read that we're your favourite! Thank you! We never get tired of the view either :-)
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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Okay if taking an Encounter trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

It's okay if you are taking an Encounter trip and want/need to go somewhere close for breakfast. That's what we did. But the service was a bit slow. They billed us incorrectly, noticed it after we left, and came after us on the tour to collect more money. (I had not even looked at the ticket - just handed them my credit card and signed). The lemon crunch muffin was great but the rest of what we had was tolerable - pancakes were a bit too sweet and scrambled eggs were not quite done enough.
Definitely pricey for what you get.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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