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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (51 reviews)
“crepes” (8 reviews)
“muesli” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited 3 times for coffee/lunch during our stay in kaikoura having visited many times on previous trips. Great staff, beautiful location, delicious food and coffee. Lovely gift shop too. What more can I say?

Thank goldenbaygirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good range of food options and all well-cooked and delicious. Represented extremely good value too.

Thank Heather B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had our hearts set on eggs bene but due to the recent quakes a lot of the cafes were closed. We tried Cafe Encounter and were pleasantly surprised. The breakfast croissant was delicious as was the caramel latte. Service was very efficient and friendly.

Thank Rachel E
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Quite expensive breakfast but worth it as food quality excellent Also very good coffee. Nice setting as it is close to the water

Thank pauleaton1967
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Had a rice salad which was a bit average, but ok. Nice savoury muffin and great cheescake. Coffee was really good. We will stop in here again.

Thank philippagoile
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Nice warm greeting upon entering this cafe we had breakfast there which was ok. Nice fresh orange juice and coffee

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We have visited this cafe a number of times when we visit Kaikoura and we always enjoy the food and coffee. Its located a wee bit out of the central part of the town, but its location with views of the bay while dining is...More

1  Thank 88snowdragon
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

The moist apple and walnut cake with cream cheese icing... OMG! A Devine experience if ever I had one. Bellisimo!

Thank BerniceBruce
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This cafe is attached to two companies - Encounter Dolphins and Albatross Encounters - but you can go to the cafe without going on an Encounter trip. The food and drink is very good and freshly made, there are some tables outside and the service...More

Thank PatrickDrysdale
Reviewed 4 July 2017

a great way to spend your lunch hour in Kaikoura. Superb food and the best iced coffee. Kaikoura is a superb destination.

Thank KaikouraHolidayHomes
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Child-friendly, 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
  • E-mail
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777
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