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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (52 reviews)
“muesli” (6 reviews)
“cakes” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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₹₹ - ₹₹₹
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe Encounter is set in a prime location with plenty to choose from on the menu and the counter cold cabinets. Lots of choice for gluten/dairy and other intolerances. Service was great. Food was good as was the drinks. Fantastic view and despite the sign...More

Thank Jessica C
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit to us and great you evaded the seagulls! :-)

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited three years ago and it’s as good as ever. All day breakfast serves perfectly for lunch, the scones are amazing, great coffee (if a bit on the small side), lovely staff and great view of the ocean. On the pricey side, but it’s...More

Thank developius
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for visiting us and for posting your review! We do offer various sizes of coffee if you visit again be sure to ask for a large! :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a drive along the newly opened State Highway One to Kaikoura to have a look see. Kaikoura is humming as is the Case Encounter which despite the influx of people provided quick service with a smile and the food was great as well. Highly...More

Thank Tina B
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for your review and your recommendation - we appreciate it! :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first trip to Kaikoura since the 2016 EarthQuake - so it was a unique trip seeing the work the roaring crew had done to reopen the road in just 12 months - we had missing the opportunity to travel South and had...More

Thank Brynkoru
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Welcome back and thank you for your support! Glad to hear we still meet with your expectations/memories of us. That will keep us smiling! :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here twice on our holiday and even though they were very busy the food came out quick. The staff were friendly. My husband tried seafood chowder at a number of different places while we were in Kaikoura but he said this one was...More

Thank JadePeggyLou
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to post your review and for your repeat custom! The chowder is delish isn't it! Glad you enjoyed your meals and the view! :-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A brief encounter at the Café Encounter with mixed outcomes. We ordered Two Cappuccco's and sharing a delicious slice with a hard white chocolate topping. Service was average but to be fair, the café was very busy being at Peak Christmas period. The two coffees...More

Thank DONALDJOHN77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had breakfast at the Café Encounter in early October, and quite enjoyed our experience. We sat outside in the sunshine with a lovely view of the sea across the road. The staff were friendly and our choice of toasted ham and...More

Thank lovesthesun-7
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to post your review and great advice about those pesky seagulls! Glad they didn't get their beaks on your breakfast and that you enjoyed your meal! :-)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For a lunch quick easy lunch this was very good. We eat after the dolphin encounter and before the albatross encounter

Thank Claire C
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review and we are very pleased your enjoyed your meal! :-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Four of us stopped for a morning tea today, and found Cafe Encounter to be a wonderful place. There was a large selection of lovely food choices, well presented, and fresh. The prices are moderate, the staff is friendly, and helpful. There are a variety...More

Thank Susie J
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review Susie! The gallery area is a lovely place to sit for a relaxing meal - so glad you enjoyed your visit! We do hope to welcome you back again in the future! :-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was basic salad was mostly a bunch of rocket with dressing on it that was asked to be on the side on top of tough bread. Coffee was good. Cafe smelt of fat would have walked out if I had not been in a...More

1  Thank Rowena K
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sorry to learn that our food did not meet your expectations, we will share your feedback with our Chef team. It is a shame that you didn't talk to us at the time of your visit as we would have liked to have been able...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, 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: +64 3-319 6777
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Description
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
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