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Cafe Encounter

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free, International
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was very good for a quick lunch! Super delicious falafel, soup and chips/fries! Very good coffee as well and good service!

Thank Rosa M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We both had the chowder...sometimes you need to be a bit wary about chowders, but when you are next to the sea and in Kaikoura you can expect a great Seafood Chowder...especially at Café Encounter. It was nice and creamy and loaded with heaps of seafood incl, fish, mussels, scallops and prawns. Great texture and not too thick or watery,... More 

Thank Geejae99
Motueka, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we dropped in here twice, at the check in and the pick up of my wifes dolphin encounter. the coffee was great and the second time round I tried some gluten free brownies. the staff was friendly and helpful in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank kaydoubleyou2016
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the White Morph, right next door, on our stay in Kaikoura. Luckily the Cafe Encounter serves a nice breakfast and coffees right next door. Yumm! Great way to start the day before whale watching!

Thank GlobalStaci
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just what we needed after finishing the wonderful dolphin cruise. Nice and chunky with lots of different seafood. The selection of cakes on offer were extremely tempting but the chowder was such a generous serve ......we had to decline..

Thank Annie G
Basildon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for some lunch with the family. The cabinet food was awesome, so much so that when I left I had to some to have later. Price was reasonable and the service was excellent. Used the Entertainment Card here which got us 2 for 1 on mains. Great value and would have been happy to pay full price, would... More 

Thank Girvatron
Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Had quite a few coffees here, as this had the best coffee in Kaikoura. Also had afternoon tea and a lunch here. Staff were professional and friendly. Lovely view over to the sea

Thank danjonelson
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

A motoring stop for coffee brought us here. Nice food, good service and good prices. Plus a great view of the ocean and the mountains

Thank Hamminator
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Was staying at the White Morph and had breakfast at the Encounter. The crepes were light and fluffy, service was fast and friendly. They give you a lovely treat with a chocolate cookie on your sugar spoon. Nice touch.

Thank Janlyn-60
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

It was clean & tidy, and the staff were friendly & helpful. The service was fast, & the food was lovely - my crepes were melt in the mouth good. And the coffee was just what I needed.

Thank Kelly J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 033196777
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?