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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Singapore, Singapore
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic scones, ham and cheese croissants,coffee in a scenic location with outside seating overlooking mountains. A relaxing start to the day!

Thank GalaxyCricket
Saitama Prefecture, Japan
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to pick up a coffee and various tasty sandwiches or small dishes from the display case next to the counter. They have meals as well, but we didn't have those. The staff were efficient and friendly.

Thank Mark A
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a nice breakfast. Hot cakes and muesli and fruit were good. Service helpful and friendly. Wifi good.

Thank sdebbied
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Staying next door at the White Morph meant the Encounter just had to be experienced. Definitely not disappointed, good coffee and friendly service. Lunch one day was the special Thai beef plate, breakfast the next morning was poached eggs on sourdough with back bacon and grilled tomatoes as extras. Really scrummy food.

Thank Mrs Sue C
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat for lunch before heading out for our whale watching tour. The menu items seem pretty limited - as Cafe Encounter feels more like a bar than a proper cafe. It's in a great location on the Esplanade - but otherwise unremarkable.

Thank Omar H
Reading, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Lots of good counter food, but needed more options for vegetarians. Definitely worth supporting and lovely outside tables.

Thank ASBryant
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017 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.

Thank Jennifer O
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 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 

Thank arj66
Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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.

Thank Bewitched11
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 

Thank LJD1250

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Restaurant Details

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