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Hislops Wholefood Cafe

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33 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6971
09:00 - 21:00
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2015 via mobile

Came here for the chowder and wasn't disappointed. Bit expensive with 18dollars a bowl and charging an extra dollar for an extra slice of bread, bit mean!

Thank Louise M
Alexandria, Virginia
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296 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2015

We chose this restaurant because of the good reviews and we had a vegan in our group. They had nice vegan dishes in addition to the lamp chops and fish gumbo which very good. Service was awful. Took 20 minutes to bring the bread. One of entrees showed up very late. Had a wine by the glass that had gone... More 

Thank clarkelovetotravel
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153 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2015

I have seen reviews on this place and always been keen to try it out. It has an amazing selection of gluten free, dairy free and vegan food. The menu was awesome with heaps of dishes I would have happily chosen. I had the falafel salad and my friend had the lentil burger, neither are things I would normally order... More 

Thank GF_adventurer_NZ
1 review
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Says it all. Poor coffee and badly made with indifferent service. Food was OK but how did it get to be Number 6 on the recommended list?

Thank Polyzaami
Guildford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2015

We had several meals here while staying in Kaikoura and found everything delicious - the fish chowder was exceptionally tasty and packed with goodies. We also had an excellent seafood pasta - thoroughly recommended if you're in Kaikoura.

1 Thank Jenny F
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

This cafe is very nice, great interior and atmosphere. The steak sandwich on the lunch menu is great, comes with garlic bread, onion marmalade, chips and of course steak, they are all amazing. Will definitely be back to try other meals

Thank lanieve5552
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2015

Wonderful meal, great staff . Was the best meal we had in Kaikoura by far . Staff were friendly and gave us advice for the rest of our trip around the main land

Thank meoverworked
Takoma Park, Maryland
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2015

Strongly recommend this. Wonderful staff. Outstanding menu for dinner! Try the veggie lasagna, the boysenberry crumble, and pretty much anything on the menu. Good wines list. Local honey for sale is worth buying too. Loved this spot

Thank betstaylor
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2015

Great reception as soon as I walked in the door. The coffee and food were excellent! I had the big breakfast and it was all delicious - especially the hash browns. The lovely waitress with the pink hair is an absolute star and really makes this place a fun, enjoyable restaurant to visit. I HIGHLY recommend :-)

Thank CJCra
Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

Food was fresh and delicious. Waitress was friendly and attentive. Tried to go for dinner but they were booked. Went for lunch the next day and enjoyed the outdoor seating area.

Thank molly s

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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
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 32
Cafe, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 6971

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