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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” (58 reviews)
“cakes” (11 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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is part of dolphin encounter but it’s actually a great standalone cafe in Kaikoura. We ended up having coffee, breakfast, and lunch here. Loved the reasonably priced fish and chips and seafood chowder. They had an assortment of pastries/cakes and hot breakfast items as...More

Thank patagoniapuff
Cafe-Encounter1, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for stopping by and spending a while with us we appreciate it! Can't beat seafood by the sea! Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate breakfast here after staying in the hotel next door. The food was very good , good choice and helpful staff, it also has a really nice gift shop attached.

Thank 123eatsandtreats
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mmmmm breakfast best meal of the day right?! Glad you enjoyed your visit and thanks for taking the time to post your review.

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going on one of the Encounters, albatross, dolphin or whatever, this is a good place to take refreshment either before or after itm, or possibly both. The food is good and fresh can be eaten inside or out. There is also a...More

Thank manofekent
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. So pleased to learn you enjoyed your visit! :-)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found this place looking to hang for awhile. Nice (though limited) menu, friendly staff, great coffee. The attached store has some interesting stuff. Not much of a view but very close to the city center and the dive center. One negative: they offer free...More

Thank mes227
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting us and taking the time to post a review. We're really pleased to learn you enjoyed the coffee! I'm a little surprised at comment about the view; as we love looking at the ocean and the mountains all day! :-) Sorry the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really good books here! Inside and outside seating in 3 areas. This place is a depot for a tour group but open to all. Everything of best quality. Average price. Table service. Cheeky birds. Ideal before taking off for the day’s activity. We were refunded...More

Thank 325jt
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to post you review. Great you appreciated our book selection! Shame about the cheeky birds! :-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Reasonably priced cafe with extensive outdoor seating. Lots of nice food on display which was very tempting, unfortunately my coffee was not very hot.More

Thank Mike H
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Mike Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear you appreciated our food selection and enjoyed your brownie. What a shame you didn't mention your coffee to us at the time, we would have happily replaced it with a hotter one for you! We will...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

good cafe lunch. Nothing spectacular but ticks all the boxes. Convenient location right offer a spectacular view of the bay

Thank markmarChristchurch
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are a bit spoiled with our location aren't we?! We're glad you were able to enjoy the view during your visit! :-)

Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

This place is a great start or end to the Dolphin Encounter. Serving great breakfasts & cabinet food. Don’t leave your food unattended if sitting outside in the sun! Those seagulls won’t wait for an invitation 😉

Thank GinaDig
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Thanks for your review and your top tip on the seagulls! Glad you enjoyed your visit! :-)

Reviewed 27 September 2018

Had breakfast here and also lunch. Good coffee and espresso drinks. Lots of pre-made and order up items for both breakfast and lunch. Everything was delicious. Nice atmosphere and staff was friendly and helpful. Service was fast. Great if your going on a tour or...More

Thank Craig-World-Travelle
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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
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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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine
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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