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Why Not Cafe

Cafe, New Zealand
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66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful service and great quality food. For a tourist destination i was amazed at the prices of the food & beverages. I will definitely return back to this cafe when i am in Kaikoura again.

Thank Tina W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food and friendly staff. Good bacon and eggs. We recommend it and we'll be back. They open early for breakfast.

Thank Nicola G
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped into this cafe while killing a bit of time. We ordered coffee and also had a cake and a quiche. The quiche was beautiful and the cake was very nice. The coffee was very good and the service was also friendly and efficient. I would recommend this cafe.

Thank keithbroad
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful, fresh selection of pre-made and menu options. The staff were very friendly and the coffee was perfect.

Thank Kerrilyn G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great and satisfying lunch was had by all. Our meals of seafood chowder, fish and chips, burger, and vegetarian sandwich were freshly-made and tasty. A comfortable space for lunch, coffee, or a nice, casual dinner.

Thank marthaczb
Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome place to stop to eat. We always stop in at the WHY NOT CAFE when we are in Kaikoura. The food is super yummy and the staff are friendly. We will be back to enjoy the food again soon. Thankyou Why Not Café.

Thank shandy1012014
Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly- good cost effective food - handy to town central and the beach... Public car park across the road and Public toilets nearby

Thank Gordon L
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This great little cafe is just 2 hours drive from the Picton Ferry and worth the wait for a late lunch. A great menu with plenty of selection at 2pm. The fish sandwich filled the spot beautifully. The service was provided by friendly efficient staff. The food was presented promptly, very little waiting time. The decor is fresh and pleasant.

Thank Rose955
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 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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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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 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 7300, 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?