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Cafe, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a very convenient place for us to have lunch. We had a lovely meal which was served by the friendly staff. in addition, we were able to buy some great sandwiches which we ate later in the day,

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worst customer service we’ve experienced for a very long time! Cafe was busy (not sure why!) with two young girls on the coffee machine who were too busy talking and joking to actually make coffee. Perhaps if they spat their gum out and concentrated on...what they were doing, the coffee might have been quicker. Staff taking takeaway orders but not asking for names, then wandering around looking for who they belonged to! Totally disorganised and very rude when we asked to cancel our order. With so many other nice coffee places in Kaikoura, would definitely not recommend this one!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing range of sweet and savoury food displayed that you see on the line to put in your order. The coffee is delicious and was served to my outside table just as I requested it- extra hot with soy. I also enjoyed my heated up...date scone There is also inside dining and a garden optionMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

We went there initially because it seemed a busy cafe. This, to us, is an (unscientific but helpful) sign of popularity. We were not wrong this time. The food we ordered and coffee was very good, hot and flavoursome, the portion of food served was...so generous that we are almost convinced that we pay too much for the same food in Christchurch, how could these guys serve so much more food for the same price? The setting was decent, nothing special, as cafes go, nothing too fancy. Clean, so that mattered for us. Overall, if you are after good food and if you are price conscious, I'd highly recommend you check them out when you are in Kaukoura. They are on the main street and easy to locate.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 21 February 2024 via mobile

Cashier was almost impossible to hear and understand, no yoghurt for cakes etc. Service poor Why Not we'll we will not visit you again.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

We had a very enjoyable cup of coffee and a lovely hot sausage roll at this cafe. The price was reasonable and the service was good.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 January 2024

Definitely don’t go!! went on one of the busiest days of the year travelling back home from New Year’s family holiday. We were looking for something nice and quick as we have little kids, no customer service at all, three people on coffee machine who...look at you, don’t acknowledge at all and didn’t serve, I went to walk away and a person said that she would charge me for food as I got it out of the cabneit, not sure how she was going to do that but how rude. I walked out n my husband asked for the chicken filo to be heated,the person who finally served him after waiting over 5 mins said they don’t heat food even though there is a fully equiped kitchen Not good enough!!! Don’t recommend at all Put a beautiful stop in kiakoura a rude and crap timeMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

A chicken sandwich was especially made for me as the cabinet sandwiches were all gone. Most fantastic chicken sandwich ever. Delicious. We all enjoyed our lunch sandwiches. Recommend a lunch stop here.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

I came on recommendation of the intercity bus driver. Steak and Ale pie was really very good. Tan square a little bit blonde for my personal preference but decent quality. Would have liked to see see some more grab and go hot food options eg...chip pot or wedges but recommend all the same.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023 via mobile

Service wasn’t great. Felt that we were an inconvenience rather than customers, having children with us. Didn’t feel like it was family friendly and the woman serving us seemed rude

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023 via mobile

I don't normally do trip advisor reviews. This place is not very family friendly. After eating my wife started to head towards the bathroom with a change mat to change our 10 month old's nappy. The lady at the counter stopped my wife and said...that there is no change mat in the bathroom. My wife who was holding a change mat said that we have a change mat and would be changing the baby on that. She said "I'd rather you not." My wife then said she could change the baby holding it up in the air. After changing the baby, there was free cooled water and my wife asked if she could use that water to fill her bottle. The lady at the counter replied with "I'd rather you not use the cooled water but I can give you the tap water". I made a point after these incidents of looking at the lady and she looked very bothered with having children in her shop. Our children were very well behaved but I felt that it got up her nose that we have 4 of them. It isn't the place to take children because she doesn't want them thereMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023

This is NOT a place to go if you have food allergies. I asked for gluten free options , quite standard catering and was told rudely that there was a special menu but the kitchen was too busy to do it . Very poor service.... However both the young lady behind the coffee machine and the young person who served the tables were very proficient at their work .More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023 via mobile

It was great to be able to get an early coffee on a Sunday morning. Coffee was delicious, and the service was excellent. Lots of locals.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 17 March 2023 via mobile

Coffee was good. Big breakfast. Odd to be asked whether I wanted tomato or baked beans? Half tomato option was bland. A few small sausages, small lot of bacon, 2 pieces of white toast cut diagonally and well buttered, a hash brown out of the...packet and two poached eggs, one being very small. In the pantheon of big breakfasts i have had this at the bottom of the heap by a country mile. Rating held to three because of coffee.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 13 March 2023

The place was busy , spotless and buzzing. Even though they were busy our drinks arrived at our table before my backside hit the seat. breakfast arrived very soon after - delicious and so quick. Staff were friendly and happy - must be a great...leadership group to build a happy and busy staff. So good we went back the next morning and i tried the seafood chowder - not a regular breakfast order but i didn't want to miss out. so glad i did - the chowder was divine , so fresh and light with a full seafood taste - no imitation seafood in the mix. Big thumbs up Go there - get the chowder (or anything else you desire)More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Awesome food sat outside, service spot on, generous servings were even able to have our dog out back with us. Happily go back recommend to all.
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WHY NOT CAFE, Kaikoura - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Yes, Why Not Cafe offers takeaway services.

Why Not Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3