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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
033196777
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We stopped in for coffee and a mid-morning snack and were so impressed we returned the following morning for a full breakfast. Excellent! Nice gift shop as well.

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Thank Jennifer O
Wellington, New Zealand
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Cafe Encounter one morning looking for somewhere to have a coffee and brekky and this was the nearest place. Unfortunately the visit did not start well as even though the cafe wasn't busy - we waited and waited at the front counter to place our order while the very young staffer proceeded to ignore us for a good couple... More 

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Thank arj66
Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good breakfast stop as it has a number of choices and on a lovely morning you can dine outside and look over the water. The coffee was also good and the cabinet food looked delicious with plenty of things to cater for everyone. Lovely service but it can get busy here when the tour groups come through.

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Thank Bewitched11
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a vibrant cafe with a great choice of drinks, snacks and lunches. I think they also do breakfast. The attached gift shop has some of the finest things I've seen in the whole of New Zealand and a vast range of souvenirs for all ages. If they opened in the evening we would definitely have gone back. Our... More 

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Thank LJD1250
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so pleasantly surprised at the quality of the soup, interesting salads and wonderful lattes here. Service was fast and friendly. Highly recommend!

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Thank shauna t
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice cakes (carrot cake was delicious) and coffee style cafe. Give yourself lots of time though as the hot beverages can take a very long time to get to your table.. Ideal if you come early for the Dolphin Encounter.

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Thank Liz B
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in for lunch after Whale Watching Trip. Entertained wife's ex colleague and had a lovely bowl of Seafood Chowder. Sat at a table through the shop as it is quieter than the main cafe. Well worth a short stay for a snack.

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Thank 585Rodney585
Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in for lunch and had the local fish & chips with salad. Delicious food and the coffee was also great. We sat outside on a warm day under an umbrella and enjoyed looking over the water. The gallery sells a vast range of interesting souvenirs and hand-made craft items and we spent some time wandering through.

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Thank Penny G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff and good coffee and lovely food and drinks. Nice place to sit and relax before, between or after the tours!

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Thank Aleid B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a very good breakfast here. Was surprised at how tasty it was as usually eateries attached to tourist ventures aren't that good but this one is well worth a visit. Will definitely eat here again when we're next in Kaikoura.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 033196777
Description
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?