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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (56 reviews)
“muesli” (6 reviews)
“cakes” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place gets really busy with people going on whale/dolphin watching tours as the booking for tours seems to be part of the cafe. It has a nice outdoor seating area. I had the Kiwi Breakfast which I can highly recommend. Sets you up for...More

Thank Patricia186487
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for posting a review and glad to hear you enjoyed your breakfast! :-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Part of the Encounter Whales/Albatross etc business but has plenty of space for passers by - and provided the best combination of cafe style (daytime) food & drink and the fabulous Kaikoura view in the town.

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

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. Glad you enjoyed your visit to us and the view! :-)

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great little cafe. Good coffee, strong but good. Had a ginger slice which was nice too. Staff friendly & helpful. Lots of tables & seating comfortable. Gift shop with it & nice clean facilities too.

Thank MissTripAbout
Reviewed 11 March 2018

This is a lovely location with an attractive look and pleasant staff. However the food is overpriced and mediocre. I had "hotcakes" and coffee. The hotcakes were commercially made pikelets which had been badly reheated in the microwave and covered in a sickly sweet fruit...More

Thank larkrise2017
Reviewed 4 March 2018

We dropped in here for breakfast on our way to whale watching. We were surprised how good the food was, it being a collection point for tourists, and all, but it was very good. If you are around here and looking for a bite to...More

Thank Charlie P
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Had a lovely lunch when we arrived in Kaikoura. So went back for breakfast the next day. Very busy but good service and nice food.

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a couple of occasions for mid morning coffee. Great muffins, I think the best anywhere in NZ and I have eaten a few. Very good service, friendly staff, clean facilities.

Thank peterwV975TL
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Thanks for your review and awesome to hear your feedback I will share it with our bakers! :-)

Reviewed 14 February 2018

Popped in here after a couple of early hours on the water. Tasty breakfast and lattes. Not cheap, but good.

Thank retiredconsultant
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2018

Thanks for joining us aboard the Albatross Encounter and glad to learn that you enjoyed your breakfast post tour! :-)

Reviewed 9 February 2018

Steak and chips tasty and a good lunch choice after travelling . Cafe environment but not a relaxing place to eat.

Thank granmo2017
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and its a shame that our environment was not to your liking.

Reviewed 1 February 2018

After our dolphin encounter the menu in here was exactly what we were after. My wife had the most delicious home-made tomato soup. I know it was delicious because she was unable to finish it off due to the ample portion so I stepped in...More

Thank scottng15
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thanks for your review Scott and glad you enjoyed your visit to us! :-)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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Ocean view cafe with a varied breakfast and lunch offerring, with GF and vegetarian options available. Great coffee and a varied selection of teas. Wide selection of cold drinks, juices and delicious smoothies! Fresh produce and daily fresh baking.
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