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Cafe Encounter

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Cafe, New Zealand, International
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
033196777
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cafe encounter is another place you have to visit in Kaikoura. The cafe is amazing the soup was amazing and the shop inside is really interesting to look at. You can also book animal experiences here!

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Thank Annika D
Tel Aviv, Israel
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly staff serving delicious food. Its not too pricy. Inside the atmosphere is not so nice due to the Shop attached. But Outside you have a nice view

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Thank PhisW
Dunedin, New Zealand
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having already stopped at Cheviot and seen the horrendous café prices there, then left, we were expecting similar prices in Kaikoura. What a bonus to find no surcharge on a stat day and really reasonable prices for some fabulous food. Staff were so helpful and friendly, the food was good, the atmosphere great and always a bonus at peak holiday... More 

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Thank travellingkiwi255119
Bangkok, Thailand
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62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's really not much open for breakfast on the Esplanade in Kaikoura but this is and luckily its good too. Decent choice, very clean, free wi-fi and it also includes the tour company that does seal diving and a shop selling outdoor wear (which you may need, it gets chilly!) They stay open until the afternoon.

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Thank WhiskeyGirlDublin
Wigan, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called here for our lunch after a good walk round Kaikoura we had a selection of sandwiches and cakes with coffee and were delicious the staff wee friendly and helpful worth a visit if your in the neighbourhood.

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Thank jamesbell1
Christchurch, New Zealand
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77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toasted molenberg - hmmm- needed to be local baked bread to lift the chowder to something more special. In a town reknown for seafood, keep the accompanying bread as good. Chowder was thick and good quantity of fish and seafood with potato, but felt bread let the serving down as needed to be ciabatta or the like. Lemon Pepper is... More 

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Thank PauleLec
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off for coffee and a muffin having heard the place advertised as open. The coffee was OK not great, but often big places don't have someone who specializes in coffee. The muffin was disappointing. It's a common fault that muffin makers don't get Baking Soda and Baking Powder in the right proportions and the Muffins come out acidic. Actually... More 

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Thank Robert J
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh salads and efficient and friendly staff, perfectly located on the seaside. Lots of veggies. The organic juices are delicious.

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Thank MenVacances
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic lunch and service. Best soup I have had in years and excellent friendly service. This was the first day the Inland road to Kaikoura was back open to the public and the locals were very pleased to see visitors back in Kaikoura.

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Thank Frank D
Bedford
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch in early November (before the earthquake), en route from Christchurch to Blenheim. We sat outside in the sunshine and ordered the salmon and steak pie. Both arrived quickly and were enjoyable to eat. The cafe is close to the beach, where there were fabulous views of turquoise ocean and snow-capped mountains. A very enjoyable place... More 

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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
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?