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Cafe Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
033196777
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Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a spot of lunch here while waiting for my dolphin encounter. The food was very good. Pretty standard cafe stuff (sandwiches etc), but of very good quality and served promptly. Staff were friendly, and the place was very clean.

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Thank KaraSian
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Nice view and a larger selection of lunch items than I was expecting. Seafood chowder was good, but my tummy was mildly upset afterwards. Potato wedges with sweet chili sauce were good. They have a coffee/tea bar that looked good too, but I was too full to get one to go. All in all, I was happy with this place.

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Thank Barbara J
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for visiting! :-) More 

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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped for a meal just by chance. Glad that we did. Good service and location, healthy food, easy access. Excellent parking. Recommended for a relaxing break.

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Thank Kumar S
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on your visit and for stopping by. Our Chefs work hard to cater to all dietary needs so it's great that you felt yours were met! :-) More 

Sydney, Australia
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204 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Having a stopover lunch at the café. Service was not bad (quite impressed by the consistency of the waiting staff ensuring that we don't leave food unattended to allow the birds to feed on them). Food was ordinary and not cheap probably due to the nice view of the beach. Was very surprised when one of the staff went and... More 

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Thank David L
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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191 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We stayed at the next door hotel and had breakfast here. We ordered eggs and bacon. Meals came out quickly and were delicious.

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Thank Vanessa M
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review - we're stoked you enjoyed your breakfast with us! :-) More 

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Went for breakfast as it is close to our motel. Lady at the counter was quite abrupt and unfriendly. Made it seem like we were inconveniencing them by being there. Was disappointed with the food to be honest. 2 eggs on a small bit of bread, and bacon that wasn't crispy at all. Definitely wasn't filling enough. Expected more for... More 

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Thank Megan H
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Hello Megan We are sorry to learn of your experience with us; as it is quite the antithesis of what we work hard to provide for our guests. It is most unusual for us to receive feedback like this about our staff; so we have certainly taken your comments to heart, and we will review what may have happened on... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Stayed at White Morp so this café virtually next door. Both of us had a good meal and my wife had high praise for the mini kiwi breakfast and she is hard to please, food wise. Quick service and friendly staff

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Thank dbw625
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we are delighted that we were able to meet your wife's high standards! :-) More 

Riverton, New Zealand
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300 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We had breakfast here as it was next door to our motel. The staff were friendly and helpful and service was quick. Several gluten-free options were available and my salmon, spinach and dill omelette was perfectly acceptable. My wife's poached eggs on toast were slightly over-cooked, but good quality.

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Thank Prisonerfan
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a review and we are glad that you enjoyed your breakfast with us - eggs are always tricky to get perfect as expectations vary so widely. We are pleased that our service met with your expectations! :-) More 

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90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We pulled up at this cafe as it seem to be near the seals colony. We ordered a pulled pork burger and an open steak sandwich with kumara. Both were really good! However, there were several other people and we had to wait slightly longer for our food.

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Thank YuannieFishie
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Sorry to learn you experienced a wee delay in receiving your order - our specials are prepared freshly to order and we hope you felt that it was worth the wait! :-) More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We had a coffee here before we started the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Good coffee, nice outside area. Although it belongs to the company doing the Dolfin boat trips, it is worth to just have a coffee or lunch here.

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Thank Bea T
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this review

Hello Bea, thank you for posting a review. We work really hard on the quality and consistency of our coffee so we are glad you enjoyed yours! :-) 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, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Cheap Eats, 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: 033196777
Description
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777

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