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Cafe Encounter

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (56 reviews)
“muesli” (6 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 342 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

If you bypass the various cafés in Kaikoura township and continue around the coast you arrive at this interesting establishment. They provide breakfast and lunch, but we come for our usual coffee and cake. There is a moderate range of appealing cakes, and our drinks...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

The breakfast served up was fine. However, the attitude of the staff member who served us was poor indeed. As the eftpos transaction was going through my husband remembered he had an Entertainment book discount voucher so alerted the attendant to this. Her snappy response...More

Thank LinleyJO
Reviewed 27 July 2018

Nice cafe, but maybe not a lunch stop if you're really hungry. Unusually good variety of things in the gift shop.

Thank Duncan_Lithgow
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2018

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to post a review.

Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Went into the gift shop today with my partner and the blonde lady had terrible customer service. Constantly watching my partner and myself after we had already spent $100 and we then spent another $50 so terrible made us feel so unwelcome.More

Thank Jane T
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2018

We were so sad to read you review Jane; that is the last thing we want to hear and the absolute opposite of what we aspire to here at Encounter Kaikoura! We appreciate you taking the time to let us know of your experience are...More

Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

We've been in Kaikoura for 5 days and dined here on multiple occasions. Food is lovely, fresh and wholesome with something different every day. Staff are friendly and efficient and very welcoming when we returned.

Thank MrsBPurple
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thanks so much for your review and your return visits to us whilst in town! We appreciate it :-) We're so pleased you have enjoyed the food and the staff!

Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

What a great place. Stopped for an early lunch with slightly sick feeling son after the inland road from Lyford. Lisa is a great personality - son commented that he liked how friendly the people are here! Ate nachos (very tasty, 13 year old ripped...More

3  Thank ClareB1514
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Hi Clare, It was our absolute pleasure and thanks for taking the time to post your review. We are so glad you and your son enjoyed your meal and your visit to us. I shared your feedback with the team and it made their day...More

Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Was a miserable rainy day heading to a funeral, stopped here to grab a coffee and wow the place was packed so you know it’s s good place to eat! Coffee was made reasonably quickly and man was a good coffee!

2  Thank nomadmattm
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Thanks for your review. Our baristas work hard to ensure a good cup, so we were really glad to read we hit the mark for you! :-)

Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Stopped on way to blenheim. Really good coffee and food selection. Had the Kumera pie which was yummy. Plenty of seating and on a lovely day the view out to the sea is amazing.

Thank Amberlincoln
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to post your review. I love the kumara pie too glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Good food—had an eggs Benedict that comes on a bed of hash brown like potatoes. Coffee is good—had a bowl of the Americano. It is a real bowl without handles though. Great view of the bay and mountains while you eat. Gift shop inside as...More

1  Thank Chris C
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Thanks for the review Chris and glad you enjoyed your brekkie whilst soaking up the view! :-)

Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Over the road from the beach and away from the main street, this cafe provides a great scenic outlook in a quieter area. Being a fine day we sat in the outdoor area for our lunch stop. We shared a seafood chowder and a salmon...More

Thank Barry5252
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2018

Thanks for your review Barry. We are sorry to learn about your chowder and had we known at the time would have happily replaced this for you. We have shared your feedback with our kitchen team as part of our efforts to continuously improve with...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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Description
Ocean view cafe with a varied breakfast and lunch offerring, with GF and vegetarian options available. Great coffee and a varied selection of teas. Wide selection of cold drinks, juices and delicious smoothies! Fresh produce and daily fresh baking.
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