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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2016

We were very impressed, the reviews were the reason we decided to eat here, and are quite happy to give a good review as well! The food was quite delicious. Coffee was also excellent!

Thank iwasseen
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73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2016

Lots of good lunch options here, adn a great shop next door! Would definitely come again. Lots of happy customers.

Thank Familyadventurersha
Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2015

Nice café, we sat at the back of the shop area so nice and quiet. The staff were helpful, just a little disappointed the only vegan lunch offering was soup. It'd be great to see more options :) Otherwise it was a nice soup ;)

Thank Wellywearer
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Really friendly staff cooked food was very good .Cakes looked amazing so picked some up for our journey. Little on the expensive end but worth it

Thank Lin G
Barcelona, Spain
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Friendly cafe with outdoor seatings. Perfect to grab a coffee before your early morning activities/tours in kaikoura. Their savory muffins are a must 😋 Not a good option if you re in a rush though. The place can get quite crowded and it can take a while for your coffee order to arrive at your table

Thank Lucie C
Invercargill, New Zealand
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255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

A quick lunch just down the road from where we were staying. Comes highly recommended so we decided to check it out. The calamari with a Vietnamese salad was nice. The arancinni balls with salmon, crab and spinach was also very good. Would be lovely on a hot sunny day with everything all opened up.

Thank CraigandTania
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136 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2015

We only had a coffee and cake here after our sea trip, but the meals looked very good too, Watch out for hungry gulls on the outside tables!

Thank mousebirdEngland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Breakfast at Cafe Encounter was delicious, I had the 'Baby Kiwi' and it was cooked to perfection. Staff were friendly and the service was great!

Thank Alexandra A
Evergreen, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant of Kiwi breakfast came complimentary with our adjacent hotel. It was great and very filling. We would recommend it for anyone staying in the area. It has a nice view of the harbor and comfortable seating. There is also a place to sit outside.

Thank Rod H
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2015

Had an omellette and coffee there last week. The food and coffee was excellent. The service was very friendly and welcoming. There is plenty of parking with outdoor seating with views over to the beach. I like this location as it is out of town with better views.

1 Thank mikefordchch

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, 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?