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Cafe Encounter

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (54 reviews)
“crepes” (8 reviews)
“muesli” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Breakfast was very basic. The shop there is great with lots of local things to purchase. It is very noisy if there is a tour leaving but plenty of tables to eat at

Thank Nanchch
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic scones, ham and cheese croissants,coffee in a scenic location with outside seating overlooking mountains. A relaxing start to the day!

Thank GalaxyCricket
Reviewed 3 April 2017

A great place to pick up a coffee and various tasty sandwiches or small dishes from the display case next to the counter. They have meals as well, but we didn't have those. The staff were efficient and friendly.

Thank Mark A
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We had a nice breakfast. Hot cakes and muesli and fruit were good. Service helpful and friendly. Wifi good.

Thank sdebbied
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Staying next door at the White Morph meant the Encounter just had to be experienced. Definitely not disappointed, good coffee and friendly service. Lunch one day was the special Thai beef plate, breakfast the next morning was poached eggs on sourdough with back bacon and...More

Thank Mrs Sue C
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We stopped in for a quick bite to eat for lunch before heading out for our whale watching tour. The menu items seem pretty limited - as Cafe Encounter feels more like a bar than a proper cafe. It's in a great location on the...More

Thank Omar H
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Lots of good counter food, but needed more options for vegetarians. Definitely worth supporting and lovely outside tables.

Thank ASBryant
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for coffee and a mid-morning snack and were so impressed we returned the following morning for a full breakfast. Excellent! Nice gift shop as well.

Thank Jennifer O
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Visited Cafe Encounter one morning looking for somewhere to have a coffee and brekky and this was the nearest place. Unfortunately the visit did not start well as even though the cafe wasn't busy - we waited and waited at the front counter to place...More

Thank arj66
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Good breakfast stop as it has a number of choices and on a lovely morning you can dine outside and look over the water. The coffee was also good and the cabinet food looked delicious with plenty of things to cater for everyone. Lovely service...More

Thank Bewitched11
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, 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: +64 3-319 6777
  • E-mail
Cafe open 0700 to 1700 does breakfasts, lunches afternoon teas. Phone 033196777