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Cafe Encounter

££ - £££Cafe, , International
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” (55 reviews)
“muesli” (6 reviews)
“cakes” (10 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

Three of us had brunch here. Great setting looking out to sea on a brilliant day. Food was nice. Proportions were smaller than out previous two outings for brunch.

Thank The3Gees
Reviewed 26 April 2016

went here for the second time now and had really good first experience but wasn't too impressed this time. my partner and me ordered breakfast and coffees and sat outside. the service was really good - no bad words there but when receiving our plates...More

Thank Steeephie
Reviewed 25 April 2016

After the trip on the sea...Cafe Encounter provides a easy and varied menu to recharge and refresh. The selection of foods and drinks in great. I have frequently had launch after an albatross trip before the return to Christchurch. I keep going back. The patio...More

Thank birdman222015
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Seafood chowder was full of seafood but the chowder itself was a bit bland. Childrens sliders at $8 for two were pretty basin. Fish finger with slice lettuce in a bun. Bowl of chips were $8. So pretty pricey I thought.

Thank jaybe
Reviewed 24 April 2016

We stumbled upon this cafe while spending a couple of days in Kaikoura and were so pleased the first time we went back for lunch the following day. It's nice to sit outside when the weather is good, despite it being close to the main...More

Thank Strolling_Goldfish
Reviewed 19 April 2016

Nice outdoor area is perfect place for breakfast on a sunny morning. Easy parking & right across road from beach.

Thank DamonNZ
Reviewed 14 April 2016

After a lovely four hour walk around the peninsula we were recommended to Encounter. Lovely food and service for a most enjoyable lunch.

Thank QualityTime4us
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Good food, good service, reasonably priced. Positioned on the waterfront and next to the White Morph hotel

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 1 April 2016

The cafe has a varied menu of snacks and meals. Service was prompt and friendly. The food was of a good standard. Cooled water was available to help yourself. An ideal refuelling point.

Thank Wounded_Galaxy
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Thanks for taking time to post your review. We're stoked you enjoyed your visit! :-)

Reviewed 28 March 2016

Called in here for breakfast, had the crepes and salmon egg bene. Friendly efficent service, nice breakfast.....hot chocolate was the best Ive ever had nice touch with the chocolate coated spoon! Great sea views.

Thank Kowhatu99
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Thanks so much for your review, so pleased you enjoyed your breakfast and we just love the hot chocolate too :-)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
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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