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Why Not Cafe

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66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in one morning for a coffee and breakfast. Overall - it was ok - not great, not bad - but alright. The brekky menu reminded me of a truck stop - mince on toast, baked beans on toast, speghetti on toast. Don't get me wrong - I like truck stop food - lots of it and very hearty! Likewise... More 

Thank arj66
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unbelievably delicious and packed with seafood. So so so good. They say its rhe best and it is. Twice in two days

Thank Robert H
Cheshire, UK
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249 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth a stop here for their delicious cakes and pastries which are generously filled with quality ingredients. You serve yourself in a bag if it's takeaway or on a plate if you're eating in and they serve a good cup of coffee with that all important smile. They also have a nice outside sitting area at the back. We... More 

Thank phil100652
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would have liked a healthy nutritious salad but had to be contented with a delicious fish chowder. The service was impersonal but efficient.

Thank Maria T
Monza, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very nice breakfast in the Why Not Café. A wide range of breakfast sweet and salty snacks, self service style.

Thank BurgerQueen78
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in and greeted with a friendly smile. Great outdoor area at the back, generous portions and yummy food.

Thank donevonv
Guangzhou, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lured in for a coffee by the name, but were disappointed with what we found. The service was poor, with the woman on the till rolling her eyes at customers. Food was OK.

Thank MtnCelt63
Christchurch, New Zealand
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152 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Have been here before and returned here for two meals on our Kaikoura trip. Had a late lunch on our first day and returned for breakfast the next morning. Lunch was a muffin and a very nice cup of coffee. My breakfast the next morning was muesli, fruit and yoghurt. It was delicious. My husband and friends had the bacon... More 

Thank Karin C
Amberley, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Have eaten here many times, this time for breakfast on an overnight stay. Had french toast with bacon & banana, yum. Partner had bacon & egg & toast which he enjoyed too. Thoroughly recommend it as a place to eat in Kaikoura. Good coffee too.

Thank Arawata_NZ
Phoenix, Arizona
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156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We went to the Cafe to pick up a quick lunch. The meat pies were okay; not as good as some places but not bad. The seafood chowder was a bit too thick. The service was great though.

Thank smatso

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 319-6486

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?