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Cafe, International, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic coffee and muffin...in fact I would go to say it was the best savoury muffin I have ever had. Great coffee as well. And amazing views- what's not to like?

Date of visit: March 2024
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your review! Our bakers and baristas will be thrilled! :-) We are so blessed with our location, and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We appreciate you stopping by!

Reviewed 7 April 2024

This is a gem of a place. It is well situated near to the town centre and has an abundance of outside courtyard space where a sparkling ocean view is alluring. The food is well above average and is diverse and high quality. The staff...pleasant and helpful. So this is a lovely, sunny relaxing place to enjoy a reasonably priced and very good quality food experience.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

I love the courtyard too - we are pretty blessed with our views! Thanks so much for your review, we really appreciate it :-)

Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

Excellent breakfast. Lovely poached eggs on ciabatta (not overcooked!) & a slightly salty but delicious salmon filo. Loved my flat white too. Seems popular but food came quickly. Server was great too. Baked goods looked yummy.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

Thanks for taking the time to share your review! Love that you enjoyed your breakfast with us! :-)

Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Didn’t expect this to be as good as it was, judging from the outside. I’m glad we ventured inside! Good selection of food (lunch) and very busy. Plenty of parking available nearby too. Perfect for lunch. Plenty of seating, inside and out.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2024

So glad we could exceed your expectations and we very much appreciate you stopping by! :-)

Reviewed 10 November 2023

Hepful, friendly staff. Meal was delicious. Interesting shop attached - good selection of things that would appeal to many people. Recommend a stop here.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2023

Really appreciate your recommendation! So glad you enjoyed your meal and the shopping! :-)

Reviewed 8 November 2023 via mobile

This is an excellent place to have a variety of drinks and snack food. The service is very effective, efficient and friendly! Keep up the great work!!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2023

Thanks so much Jonathan! We appreciate your visit and your review! :-)

Reviewed 22 May 2023

This cafe does amazing food. Never been disappointed eggs benedict today eggs were perfect. Hubby had loaded fries with pulled pork yum

Date of visit: May 2023
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2023

Thanks so much for your review Bronwyn. I love the eggs bene too! :-)

Reviewed 18 May 2023

Easily the best place for brunch in Kaikoura. It is a lovely cafe with an outside eating area used by locals and visitors. Lovely coffee, delicious breakfast and great choice with friendly staff. Would highly recommend

Date of visit: March 2023
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Encounter Kaikoura, Other at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2023

Thank you so much for your review and recommendation - so glad you enjoyed your visit - we appreciate you stopping by! :-)

Reviewed 10 April 2023 via mobile

The service was so slow, it took half an hour to bring a sandwich that was already made… the food was alright but quite small portionsMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2023

Sorry to read your experience. We normally pride ourselves on swift service! We don't have pre made sandwiches, so I am assuming you mean a toastie or panini from our cabinet? All food including our cabinet items have to be properly heated via our Chefs...More

Reviewed 17 March 2023 via mobile

We sat outside and enjoyed veggie filos which were served with a lovely side salad and relish. We shared a muffin which was the nicest we have had in a long time. Coffee was good too (long blacks) and all staff We interacted with served...us with a smile. Definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2023

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit! Made us smile a bit more :-)

Reviewed 8 March 2023

We had breakfast as well as coffee and muffins here a few times while staying in Kaikoura. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly and efficient. A great selection of gifts and souvenirs too.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2023

Thanks so much for your review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your visits! I never know which is more tempting either; the food or the shopping! :-)

Reviewed 1 March 2023 via mobile

Visit every time in Kaikoura and quality consistent over the years. Great coffee and slices and light meals great.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2023

Thanks so much for being a regular that's wonderful and we appreciate you sharing your feedback! We look forward to welcoming you back next time you pass through! :-)

Reviewed 25 February 2023

A great little café to get a simple and inexpensive breakfast (plus other food). Outside seating gives you a view of the sea and wind in your hair. The seagulls will entertain you. Which of your scraps do they want? The butter, of course.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2023

Thanks Robyn we appreciate your review as much as the seagulls appreciate the butter! :-)

Reviewed 19 February 2023

My wife had Toast and spreads and I had Bacon and poached eggs on toast, flat white coffee and hot chocolate ( extra hot ). The food was very good, particularly the bacon was lovely and crispy and that you get in many cafes I...might add ( to make the whites coagulate ). The other nice touch worthy of note was that the drinks came AFTER the meal. In most places they bring the drinks first, then the meal but really it should be the other way around and Encounter got that right! Well done. I'd give this morning's experience a 10/10 and am looking forward to going back.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2023

Thanks so much for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back! :-)

Reviewed 6 February 2023 via mobile

We stopped here for a leg stretch and drink on our way south to Christchurch. This very popular cafe had a great choice of drinks and food including all day breakfast, which was very popular. Great friendly service and a good outside terrace with views...of the bay.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

Thanks for stopping by Jenny. So glad you enjoyed your visit! :-)

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CAFE ENCOUNTER, Kaikoura - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Cafe Encounter is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4