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Why Not Cafe

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66 West End, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed a home baked pie and good coffee. Hit the spot. Decor is more like and older style "tea rooms". Clean and well lit.

Thank Keryn S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

When ordering seafood chowder, one never knows whether or not it's going to be any good. Well this one was worth the 2.25hr drive from Christchurch. Jam packed with seafood and SO tasty. A must if you are in Kaikoura.

Thank jacobs60nz
Hazelbrook NSW Australia
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Found this delightful cafe while visiting Kaikoura 2 weeks ago. Such a wonderful find too. The food was fantastic and tasty with a lot of choices from Salmon Tarts, Vege Tarts, hot chips, sandwiches and delicious selection of cakes and slices, and all at a great price too! The staff were very friendly and made a great cappuccino to boot!... More 

Thank andamanbreeze
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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48 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Ordered a Coffee Latte with a piece of Carrot cake. The coffee was anything other than a Latte and the cake was so dry not even the icing could make it better. The service is ordinary and overall untidy and dirty.

Thank Luke S
Blenheim New zealand
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Do not hesitate to give the Why Not Cafe a try. On a recent trip to Christchurch we called in there for lunch. It was certainly a very good decision. A choice of fresh sandwiches, cakes and slices. Light meals, pies and savouries are available if something more substantial is required. We chose a simple fish and chip meal which... More 

Thank Bruce Y
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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272 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Had decent coffee but food did not look that flash did not get anything from here as it did not appeal. Not bad stop if you need a soft drink.

Thank Shaun T
New Canaan, Connecticut
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166 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Stopped here for a quick lunch. Food was good, with prompt service. The cafe appears to be a favorite stop of the Inter City bus operation.

Thank J D B
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6 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Ordered eggs benny with bacon which came with spinach. It came on an English muffin with what seemed like the frozen spinach you get at a supermarket. I'm not a fussy eater, I'd eat that anywhere, but it was $17 or so and it seemed like a very cheap meal.

Thank Gabrielle C
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

Great gluten free slice treats! The giant ginger kisses were yummy too. Coffee was very nice. My son enjoyed his pie. Great quick stop for snacks and quick meals.

Thank mdaunheimer
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Fantastic food, one of my favourite places to eat in Kaikoura. It was so good we kept going back for more. The prices were pretty good. We ordered from the counter and from the menu. There were so many delicous things to choose from.

Thank oblika7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?