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66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
319-6486
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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146 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

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Thank Karin C
Amberley, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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.

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Thank Arawata_NZ
Phoenix, Arizona
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293 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Thank smatso
New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

7.00am breakfast every morning for a week. So much to choose from, so few days. Can't fault the breakfasts or the lovely tea made to perfection. Cheap meals and well provided for. Great smoothies & shakes, excellent and very popular eggs bene.

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Thank BirthdayPressy
Bangkok, Thailand
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149 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our table and almost every single other table were left waiting for an hour for food. Breakfast food. We ended up commiserating with other tables over the wait. It was the weirdest thing. The coffee came out really fast but no food unless you bought something from the self-service pastry case. So everyone sat there nursing their coffees and going... More 

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Thank WhiskeyGirlDublin
Christchurch, New Zealand
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge variety of food available at good prices. Cheerful and happy staff that were busy keeping the place clean after patrons as it was very busy when we went. Recommend for any breakfast or lunch :)

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Thank Amylmck
Kaikoura, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks again for another lovely, tasty lunch. Our coffee and tea were spot-on and my steak pie and my wifes salad sandwich were to your usual high standard -- the muffins were excellent, as always. You guys, and all the other local business folk, are doing an amazing job providing a great service for the community and our visitors, considering... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had 2 breakfasts here on a trip to kaikoura to support post earthquake- very busy - service efficient and quick. Good fairly basic food options but just what was wanted

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Thank Mike C
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped in for coffee and a sandwich, and I must say I am always suspicious about glad wrapped sandwiches which have been 'chilled' because you don't know how long it is since they have been made and how far they might have traveled. The woman at the counter offered to toast the sandwich which should have been a warning.... More 

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Thank Robert J
Golden, Colorado
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We would eat here again. We ate dinner on our first day. Quiet with an excellent selection of food and ... baked goods.

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Thank maysi02

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
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?