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Zephyr Restaurant
93/100 (819 ratings)
Restaurants
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Ribeye steak
Affogato
Seafood chowder
Fish of the Day
Margherita
Seasonal Vegetables
Aperol Spritz
Salad
Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart with Raspberry and White Chocolate Ice Cream
Market Fish
Duck
Polenta Fries and Mussels
Salmon Gravlax
Mussels
Chicken - Roasted Stuffed Breast
Salad
Salmon
Nanny Goat Pinot Noir
Top Steak
Stuffed Chicken Breast with Roasted Potatoes
Chowder
Main Fish
Cheesecake
Confit Duck with Roasted Potatoes
Lamb
Riley Steak with Bone Marrow
Fish
Pork
Pork Belly
Sit down
Accepts Mastercard
Accepts Visa
Street Parking
Reservations
Seating
Table Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Serves Alcohol
Wine and Beer
Gift Cards Available
Full Bar
Accepts Credit Cards
Mid-range
"Excellent service from the moment we sat down. Lovely waiter, interesting, unhurried and very attentive. The meals were superb only the venison..."
Maria Van kuyk
"I would have liked to have awarded Zephyr five stars because when it arrived the food was very good. There were two waitresses on duty, with about a..."
Hamish Pringle
"What an amazingly delicious meal. Service was outstanding and food was so much more than we ever expected. Best Seafood Chowder ever, best Salmon..."
Melissa Prosser
"Great friendly service. The food was excellent both in preparation and presentation. Good wine menu. Highly recommended - in a central..."
Lynne Paskaleff
"We went out for dinner with friends to Zephyr restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was absolutely delicious, cooked to perfection..."
Sarahjane Murray
"The Zephyr came highly recommended and with good reason! Our meal was superbly cooked- light, super tasty and left us with enough room for dessert -..."
Stuart Brander
"The entrees of bread and dips was amazing. Probably the best entrees I have tasted in awhile. Great tasty portion for the main meal. The staff were..."
Elroy 0kada
"Wow! An awesome restaurant. Can’t fault this at all, and I almost never give out 5 stars. On a rainy winter night we were warmly welcomed in,..."
Kathy Viney
"Our best meal on the South Island, this place is the real deal. We went both nights we were in Kaikoura. Only slightly more expensive than the pub..."
Paul Brandenburg
"Beautiful fine dining experience, excellent service and reasonably priced. Well worth giving this place a..."
sallyre74
"Very nice food!! (The fish of the day backed with lemon and butter sauce) the desert and the wine… everything super tasty. Very nice customer..."
Renata Furtado
"Extremely nice and accommodating staff, but their food is truly top tier. Sometimes visiting a small town the food options can be hit or miss but..."
Patrick Whitney
"My wife and I had dinner at Zephyr on 22 July 2023, and it was excellent. The baked cheesecake was the best I had ever tasted (and I'm old enough to..."
Ian Viney
"The food was delicious and service fab. We dined at 8.30pm so it was..."
Suzi Salisbury
"Had a lovely evening meal here. Fortunately I reserved a table earlier in the day. Wait staff were attentive and professional. Atmosphere was..."
Robert Day
"We had the most amazing meal when we went to Zephyr last weekend. Service was very good and we ordered the Lamb shoulder to share (between 2 people)...."
Chris and Ross Kibblewhite
"Nice to find a place that is passionate about their food. Good service and recommendations. The Snapper was beautifully cooked. Definitely worth a..."
Mike Hall
Chiwis Cafe
90/100 (790 ratings)
Restaurants
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
New Zealand
New Zealand
Cafe
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegan Options
Dinner
Lunch
Brunch
Breakfast
Pork Dumplings
Tiger Prawns
Almond Croissant
Iced Chocolate
My Coffee
Small Flat White
Latte and Carrot Cake
Cheese & Bacon Wedges
French Toast
Chowder
Cafe Big Breakfast
Hollandaise
Bacon and Egg Quiche
Small Hot Chocolate
Eggs Benedict with Bacon AMD Salmon
Toasts
Steamed Green Shell Mussels
Seafood chowder
Soup of the Day
Fish of the Day
Salmon Eggs Benedict
New Zealand
Café
Seating
Table Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Highchairs Available
Accepts Credit Cards
Takeout
Breakfast
Dinner
Lunch
Brunch
Cheap Eats
"Simply amazing! The two of us ordered the soup of the day (Pumpkin Soup), Fish of the day and a Spinach/Mushroom/onion omelette. And every dish was..."
Karlie Po
"We were actually wanting to try the cafe next door to this one for coffee, but it was closed so in to Chiwis we went. Ordered flat white coffee. Was..."
Diana Waines
"Best breakfast we've had in NZ so far. Enjoyed the English big breakfast (a proper one!) and excellent spicy chai latte. The mussel pie was pretty..."
J T
"We stopped multiple times. The owner is very welcoming. And good food to match. And if you try something once and go back again, she will most likely..."
Sabyasachi Banerjee
"Love the pumpkin soup and chinese dumplings. The owner readily offered us vinegar upon request. Very friendly staff and cozy..."
LJ
"Almond croissant and salmon eggs bene. So fresh with hot smoked salmon and free range eggs. Great range of cabinet food too and house special mussel..."
Nicola Essex
"Really good food for about the price I expected with friendly staff. Would come here again for a really good breakfast. All of us were..."
Daniel McRae
"Fabulous greeting from New Owner Andrew who makes fresh pies at 5 am daily. The pie pastry is light buttery & the good proportions of steak filling..."
Marlene Boyd-Wilson
"Dropped in here for a bite to eat. Nice friendly atmosphere with great cake and coffee and tea. On the main road with parking out front. The..."
Murray Quartly
"We wanted to know where to get the best chowder in town and our motel owner recommended us this unassuming little cafe and boy did they live up to..."
Stefan Yap
Beach House Cafe
83/100 (1049 ratings)
Quick Bites
Cafe
Vegetarian Friendly
New Zealand
Gluten Free Options
New Zealand
Cafe
Vegan Options
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Brunch
Drinks
Breakfast
Lunch
Greek Wrap
Burger
Eggs Benedict
Burger
Toasts
Poached Eggs with Avocado Toast
Vegan Stack
Souvlaki
Chai Latte with Almond Milk
Cakes
Eggs on Rosti with Salmon
Pancakes
Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Bagels
Fish
Salad
Coffee
Salmon
Muffin
Cappuccino
Seafood chowder
Chowder
Lemonade
hot chocolate
Mocha
Blueberry Pancakes
Bacon and eggs
Cheese Scone
Corn Fritters
Sit down
New Zealand
Café
Seating
Highchairs Available
Wheelchair Accessible
Free Wifi
Outdoor Seating
Takeout
Serves Alcohol
Drinks
Brunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Mid-range
"10/10 You have to stop in for a coffee to take away or sit in and relax in the cozy home or out the front in the court yard looking at the incredible..."
Chloe Davis
"Visited Beach House Café a few times. And this is one of my go-to-breakfast places in town. Big boy was definitely superb and the seafood chowder..."
Tara.Czhatz
"Best vegan breakfast (the vegan stack)! Amazing presentation, taste, and atmosphere. Would highly recommend to anyone. You’re missing out if you..."
Trina L
"Was going to write arguably but there’s not argument. The best cafe in New Zealand it was so good I had the same thing twice and way too many of..."
merick moss
"Best vibes! Comfortable seating with great options inside and out. Staff are all friendly and genuinely look like they enjoy life and it projects..."
Katie Baldwin
"The vegan stack was really tasty, the oat hot chocolate was a bit disappointing as all I could taste was oat milk, although it looked really good..."
Aisling Byrne
"perfect food, great service. lovely..."
Rodrigo Silva Freitas
"This place is phenomenal. Really lovely staff. Easy to get to. Open early. The decor, vibe, atmosphere is so chill and cool and inviting. The food -..."
Leigh Anne Darilek
"Really nice café with good coffee, food and very friendly staff :) We came here a few times and it was very nice every time. I highly recommend the..."
Ines Kuster
"Food here was stunning! Staff were super friendly and accommodating. Gluten free options. Great vibes. ..."
Ian C
"Lovely place and some of the smoothest coffee I have had in New..."
Marie Sofie Spanggaard Jespersen
"Great food, good variety. Fast..."
Josiah
"Great little place in Kaikora with a deserved reputation. It was quite busy when we went for a late breakfast but soon got a table and our..."
P W
"I've traveled a few ks all over NZ. I can tell you this is the best café that I have visited in both the north and south island. The coffee is..."
Stefan Edwards
"A colourful interior in a sunny spot just north of Kaikoura town on the main road. Parking on the street.Cosy seating areas great coffee..."
Mike Nelson
"Traveled through the area and stopped here for breakfast. This place is top notch. I highly recommend stopping in for coffee and breakfast. The..."
Andrique S
"Awesome, friendly and funny staff. Great place with lots of sunny spaces, a fire and interesting art! Beautiful food. Husband was most impressed with..."
Victoria Brookland
"This comfy and friendly cafe serves the best coffee in Kaikoura. The cafe’s rooms, with their polished timber floors, are a perfect place to while..."
Fergus Blakiston
Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar
83/100 (1344 ratings)
Restaurants
Vegetarian Friendly
Contemporary
Vegetarian Friendly
Catfish
Cakes
Lamb
Bruschette
Pesto
Lobster
Fish
Pork
Pasta
Pork Belly
Salad
Chili
seafood platter
Calamari
Crumble
Mussels
Local Lobster
Calamares
Green Mussels
Chowder
Today's Soup
Today's Fish
Cheesecake
Apple & Pear
Cheesecakes
Crawfish
"We didn't have table booked but they found us one after 10 min.The meals were very good. Tasty. The staff was a bit slow but it was full so I can..."
Marin Ianev
"Delicious food quick service friendly staff beautiful views We will be..."
Shauni
"The best fine dining in Kaikoura! Got a special occasion in Kaikoura and want to eat fancy? Go, right now, to the Green Dolphin. I absolutely did..."
Andrew Johnson (AJ)
"Nice modern restaurant, with a view to see. The food was tasty just a bit expensive and smaller..."
Veronika Karkoszkova
"Great food and good views. Wonderful helpful..."
Steve Heuser (Sir Trout)
"Amazing meal, super chilled atmosphere with views of the ocean. The new owners have done a great job and will definitely be back next time we’re in..."
Matt Jenke
"Fresh and milky market fish Juicy and rich taste..."
Edison Wu
"I have to say that my partner and I eat out often ,but this is one of the best meals ever. My partner had steak and Mussels, I had the vegetarian..."
Trudy Scott
"They want you to book on advance. On a Monday. 😳 We hadn't booked. So we got there at 7.15 and were given some sob story about no tables free..."
Margaret Pinsent
"I have just had a meal with my wife at the Green Dolphin in Kaikoura; this was a celebration of my partners 50th Birthday, so it needed to be..."
Philip Bedford
"We visited the Green Dolphin twice within 3 days and it was both times Absolutely amazing. The service was outstanding and the food really good as..."
Monika Horn
"Everything about this place was fantastic! Huge range of wines: from the cheapest of budgets to the sublime. The food was superb! Great value for..."
Amy Dufty
Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
83/100 (473 ratings)
Restaurants
Bar
Pub
New Zealand
Seafood
Bar
Pub
Seafood
New Zealand
Dinner
Lunch
Lobster
Salad
Mussels
Chowder
Crawfish
Catfish
Fish
Pork
Sit down
Bar
Pub
Seafood
New Zealand
Reservations
Seating
Table Service
Wheelchair Accessible
Serves Alcohol
Highchairs Available
Full Bar
Television
Dinner
Lunch
Mid-range
"Fantastic place right down to the pub next door, conference space upstairs and conference room down stairs. Lovely outdoor area private and isolated...."
Jeni Welsh
"Very friendly staff. Great location and the views of the mountains were amazing. Highly recommend. And we would definitely stay..."
Duane Newell
"Bar staff are fun, creative and a great chat/service Deals are good Food is excellent Get in To the Lobster..."
Arcadia YT
"This is a great place to stay Rooms comfortable Food good but a bit on the pricey side but on the other hand drinks not on the pricey side...."
Pam Cox
"We came for dinner only with our small family and the food was absolutely delicious NZ lamb, fresh cod, all massive serves would definitely eat here..."
Annie Christine
"Warm welcome from the residents cat and young daughter with apologies for being late ( cute ) very friendly owners to start your stay . And the rooms..."
Jeremy Hopkinson
"Great motel, clean rooms and fantastic service nothing is a..."
Cameron Benner
"Me and Craig stayed here for a couple of days it was very warm and friendly and the cat was very friendly we left very early this morning I highly..."
cheryl Robertson
"Basic but quiet with a comfortable bed. All one needs on a long journey. Conveniently located next to pub with generous meal..."
Peter Ayson
"Nice spot with great service! The owners were very accommodating and attentive to my needs. Super comfy bed! Oh and the tavern next door is a must..."
Derek Lewis
"Super friendly hosts. Went out of their way to help and give advice. Easy walk from the train station down the beach path. Enjoyed our stay in..."
Patrick Rooney
"Clean, comfortable room for the one night stay, very lovely lady at reception. Went upstairs to the bar and had a very lovely meal. Friendly bar and..."
Pauline Vella
"Noisy but to be expected on Beach Road. Service was good. Room could do with air con, or a fan. Location easy to..."
Adrian Pedersen
"Room was not booked and still able to accommodate us. Rooms are very quiet. Solid walls between rooms. Very nice and well laid out, excellent..."
timothy jamieson
"A great place to meet friends for a..."
Regan Crofts
"A lovely hotel, nice and clean. We had an amazing meal, triple prawn salad which was absolutely delicious. Some staff could have been a little more..."
Keryn Craddock
"Welcoming as soon as you walk in . Friendly Clean rooms, comfortable beds Nice hot showers 🚿 Beaut tavern nextdoor Perfect when when travelling..."
Dave Thompson
"Great location right near pub and Bernie's American themed diner. Accommodation was clean and fully equipped. Big rooms and parking outside door...."
Lesley Humphries
Strawberry Tree Kaikoura Limited
83/100 (947 ratings)
Bars & Pubs
Quick Bites
Restaurants
Irish
New Zealand
British
New Zealand
Bar
Seafood
Vegan Options
Bar
British
Vegan Options
Dinner
Drinks
Crawfish
Burger
Catfish
Ploughman's Lunch
Lamb
Ribeye Steak and Chips
Fish
Cheesecake
Beef
Vegan Burger
Fish and Chips
Pulled Pork Burger
Scallops
Salad
Seafood chowder
Dumplings
Whole Crayfish
Scallops
Lamb Shank
Crayfish Chips & Salad
Mussels
Fries
Beer Battered Fish and Chip
Chowder
Roast of the day
NZ Green Lipped Mussels
Beers
Kaikoura Crayfish
Paua Patties
Catch of the Day Lemon Fish
Fish & chips
Sit down
Bar
New Zealand
British
Reservations
Seating
Table Service
Highchairs Available
Wheelchair Accessible
Full Bar
Digital Payments
Serves Alcohol
Accepts Credit Cards
Gift Cards Available
Outdoor Seating
Takeout
Television
Live Music
Dinner
Drinks
Mid-range
"Such an amazing place ! You got great food, fish or meat best in town ! Team is so nice ! Thanks for the lovely..."
Matthieu Chamorel
"An Irish themed bar with excellent service and the food we had was really tasty. it is pretty busy so don't expect fast food but relax enjoy the..."
Steve Jepson
"Super chilled place, we both had burgers which were incredible! The beef brisket just fell apart! 😍 I wanted a cider but they only had Stowford..."
Heidi
"Loved this place 🥰So glad it was open Wednesday as I left next day. So Cool😎inside Cosy with fire going , But I dined outside under the shade..."
michele keesing
"Lovely bar where we stopped for a beer and a little snack. The little snack turned out to be more than we expected for the price! Can really..."
Emma Krijnen
"We stopped here because the restaurant we wanted to eat at closed early. It man that was some good luck on our part. Even though they didn’t open..."
D C (QBNTO1)
"Great food & lovely people! The smoked brisket was outstanding. A fun..."
Karen Goodman
"Really amazing place. We enjoyed our drinks and meal next to a roaring fire in the rustic lodge style dining room. Such great atmosphere, really..."
Patrick F
"They were really busy but found a space for my daughter and I. The food menu was ME! It was my birthday so, of course, I had the Crayfish. Not cheap,..."
Clark Nemeth
"We got a couple of starters that were extremely good, the calamari in particular was excellent. For the main we shared a crayfish. It was very nice,..."
Stewart McDonald
"Called in without a booking to have dinner with my 3 children as we were in town for the night. Atmosphere was so welcoming, the hosts were just..."
lana geddes
"Three of us had the catch of the day which was lemon shark. We loved it. We also appreciated the very friendly and hard working staff. They have..."
Gerry S.
"The place is lovely and the pints are good but I wouldn’t serve a crayfish the way they did without giving you the proper utensils to eat it with...."
Ekj Boggis
"This was a pretty neat place to eat on the main drag. The food was good, and the prices modest. It is a great place for lunch. They also have a bar...."
Fabiola Byrne
"Food is as everyone said, superb. I ordered steak and it packed with flavors not to mentioned a large portion of fries. Tasted my friend's order as..."
Maxi Wong
"This place is fantastic. Make sure you book as very..."
Belinda Atkinson
"We arrived in town late on a Sunday, hungry and this is the first place we found open and still serving food. We got lucky, the place feels welcoming..."
Carlos Pacheco
"The thing that most stood out about this venue was the Staff! Fabulous team, very chatty & fun. Loved it. Interesting surrounding and awesome food...."
Lesley Quayle
Coopers Catch Kaikoura
81/100 (2642 ratings)
Quick Bites
New Zealand
British
Seafood
British
New Zealand
Seafood
Gluten Free Options
Fast food
Fast Food
Gluten Free Options
Dinner
Lunch
Drinks
After-hours
Blue Cod Meal Half and Squid Rings
Fish & chips
Battered & Crumbed Gurnard
Prawns
Blue Cod Fish Burgers
Burger
Prawn Stewers
Crawfish
fish n chips
Catfish
Monster Burger
Salad
Creamy Seafood Chowder
Blue Cod Large Fries
Scallops
Calamari
Fish
Kumara Chips With
2 Pieces of Blue Cod and Crinkle Cut Fries
Mussels
Cheesy chips
Crayfish Whole
Calamares
Chicken Nuggets
Fish and Chips Bacon
seafood platter
Bacon Egg and Cheese Toastie
Cheese burger
Fish and Chip Sausage Bacon
Chowder
Fish and Kumara Fries
Fish & Chips
Half Crayfish Set
Cod
Fast food
British
Seafood
Fast food
New Zealand
Seating
Wheelchair Accessible
Accepts Credit Cards
Parking Available
Family style
Free off-street parking
Dog Friendly
Digital Payments
Takeout
Free Wifi
Accepts Mastercard
Accepts Visa
Dinner
Lunch
After-hours
Drinks
Cheap Eats
"Has to be the best fish and chips I’ve ever had, anywhere in the world. Fresh, melt in your mouth fish with a light, crispy batter or breadcrumb...."
Daniel Grossett
"Best fish and chips in a long time!!! Both the chips and fish were perfection... huge portions, great prices.. and FREE tomato sauce and lemon..."
Naomi Provis
"Friendly staff fantastic food finally a place that has crisply..."
Shaun Vivian
"Excellent fish and chips (Blue Cod) the best we have had in New Zealand. Friendly helpful staff. Car parking adjacent. Seating available both inside..."
Geoff Sanderson
"This Place is a must to visit. The tastiest fish and chips I have tried and I have tried lot's of different thing's on the menu. It all taste's so..."
Vicky Brown
"Beautiful Fish Chips. Real squid rings. Good price. Proper chips. Quick service. Highly..."
Samantha Laing
"The best fish n chips I have had in my life to date! I highly recommend this place to travellers looking for a great tasting feed of fish n chips, at..."
Brute Harrison
"Wonderful seafood.. Tasty and fresh.. Maybe you can reduce the chips portion as it's too..."
Krn Pace
"Whitebait sandwich, steak egg chips with mushroom sauce......heaven..."
Murray Laird
"Fishburger, chips and coffee! Friendly staff and very much value for the..."
Anna Julin
"Great fast service for a busy place.loved the Gluten free burger. Staff is friendly..."
Cherie Stenson
"Came in yesterday (07/01/16) Fish and chips are awesome! Best i've had in the country hands down, staff are super friendly and informative, menu's..."
Geoffrey Nelson
"Nice takeaways and good quality food. The fish was particularly tasty and the sausage was a good flavour and huge. Overall a good meal. Car..."
Murray Quartly
"We usually visit this place when visiting Kaikoura. In the off peak periods it's usually the one place guaranteed to be open. Fish meals are pretty..."
Diana Waines
"We stopped on the way through to Blenheim and so glad we did. The food was exceptional! Legitimately the best fish and chips we might have ever had..."
Kristy Tosello
"Lunch on the way home from Christchurch. Heard it had changed hands, food still as great as ever. Can't beat fish and chips in the sunshine...."
Pete Wilson
"10/10 experiece by coopers team here (didnt actually meet that guy), the fish was by far the best snapper iv ever had, in fact it mitve been the best..."
Dion Hughes
"Fish and chips were great and also tried the seafood chowder which was excellent but slightly salty imo but it went well with the garlic bread...."
Gary Ng
"The snapper costs a bit more but was excellent and the proportion sizes were generous. It can get busy but the food gets to you eventually and is..."
Alistair Reed
"Eat there few times, fish(Snapper) and chips are nice but sometimes can be a bit soggy and greasy. If the chips cook 10 seconds more would be..."
MC
"Authentic fish & chips. Very nice portions and a big menu and beverages. A lot of seats, nice outdoor area. However one of the employees (on the 6th..."
Helene Sophia
"The place felt very authentic and local. Despite being "fast food" the quality of the food was great and there were many flavours balancing perfectly..."
Paulina Binas
"Great fish and chips, battery is light a d crispy. Chips was crispy as..."
Vinod
"Yummy Massive chips, excellent service from the friendly staff. Be prepared to wait a while as the line is usually out the door! 2020 edit: returned..."
Ryan B
"Standard fish set was delicious! The chips were amazing too! lots of seagulls but that comes with a fish restaurant. If you’re really that..."
Mara DeRose
Kaikoura Seafood Bbq
80/100 (1756 ratings)
Quick Bites
Soups
Barbecue
Seafood
New Zealand
Barbecue
New Zealand
Gluten Free Options
Seafood
Gluten Free Options
Lunch
Brunch
Drinks
Dinner
Humr
Fish Sandwich
Seafood Platter and Crayfish
Sandwiches
Fresh Crayfish
Prawns
Crayfish Raw
Crayfish Fritters
Lobster
Omelette
Paua Fritter
Crawfish
Crayfish Patty Sandwich
Catfish
Gurnard Fish Sandwich
Salad
Crayfish Mussels Scallops Seafood Chowder
Plody More
Scallops
Fish
Mussels
Seafood chowder
Salmon
Grilled fish
Whitebait
Grilled Prawns
Chowder
Lobster
Seafood Platters
Scallop Sandwich
Café
Seafood
Barbecue
New Zealand
Seating
Wheelchair Accessible
Takeout
Parking Available
Street Parking
Free off-street parking
Waterfront
Outdoor Seating
Dinner
Lunch
Drinks
Brunch
Mid-range
"The best experience - can't come to Kaikoura within trying out this awesome place kiwi style- BBQ seafood on the side of the road! Crayfish was..."
Diane Andrews
"Tasty, fresh seafood with friendly, quick service and a great view. Highly..."
Craig Pole
"Their crayfish is awesome, fresh and taste really good! Just a simple crayfish and prawn will be enough for us to enjoy our day in Kaikoura...."
Brahmastyo Puji
"This place has really tasty grilled seafood. You can select the crayfish you want from the tub and they grill it in garlic butter. Very fast service..."
Ben Drury
"Very tasty Crayfish for reasonable price. Comes with a garlic bread,rice and some salad. Waiting is about 20-30 min depends how busy they are. To..."
Michal Kanuch
"Excellent food!!!! Everything was fresh and the butter sauce was D E L I C I O U S!!! Seafood platter is a must try - value for money! $58 for huge..."
Smokeout
"The food is simple, the decor is casual, the setting is literally on the side of the road. Sound like I’m downplaying it? I’m not. This is..."
Iona Pical
"First time trying as I saw the reviews is good.Its a takeaway option on a rainy day. We went there on a rainy day so atmosphere is Neutral. We..."
Raymond Lim
"$50 for one cray fish with some salad and rice. The crayfish taste fresh. The hygiene of the cooking could be improved by using disposable gloves or..."
Yuki K
"What's not to love?!? Beautiful spot, friendly folk, and crayfish! The bouillabaisse was..."
Mel Lublow-Catty
"The crayfish (lobster) was really good! I had the 1/2 crayfish meal (rice, garlic bread, salad). Just a very unique setting along the road and steps..."
Kellie Reed
"We came across this place whilst walking back from the panoramic walk (highly recommended). Thirsty, we were delighted to find the drinks wagon sells..."
Hamish Pringle
"My partner and I were excited to try the seafood at Kaikoura Seafood BBQ Kiosk we heard all about it all the way from Melbourne, Victoria and we..."
K Spiteri
"Good quality seafood to eat in your car or on the beach while you watch the sealife & ocean. Nice people to deal with when ordering..."
James
"Yes it’s expensive but it’s sea food so quite normal. We paid like 80$ for 2 person. We had way enough, it was delicious. Not a big fan of the..."
Léa Brach
"Crayfish. YES!! Whitebait Fitter. YES! Seafood Platter YES!. Quick . Fresh and..."
Gavin Harris
"For all seafood lovers this is a must do in Kaikoura. We had the seafood platter and half a crayfish. Everything was so fresh and cooked to..."
Irene L
Cafe Encounter
80/100 (745 ratings)
Quick Bites
Vegan Options
Cafe
Vegetarian Friendly
Cafe
Gluten Free Options
New Zealand
International
New Zealand
International
Vegan Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Brunch
Drinks
Breakfast
Lunch
Sandwiches
Eggs Benedict
French Toast
Toasts
Omelette
Cheesecakes
Salad
Salmon
Crepes
Cakes
Chowder
Fish
Cheesecake
Pork
Sit down
International
Café
New Zealand
Seating
Wheelchair Accessible
Free Wifi
Accepts Credit Cards
Parking Available
Family style
Free off-street parking
Non-smoking restaurants
Highchairs Available
Outdoor Seating
Takeout
Waterfront
Breakfast
Lunch
Drinks
Brunch
Mid-range
"Lovely position overlooking the bay. A nice place to sit back with your coffee & watch the world go..."
Ken Sharon Hail
"Delicious food great clean eating areas and friendly..."
Dayna Barnett
"On the advice of our travel agent New Zealand In Depth we went to Cafe Encounter ten minutes early on the morning of our dolphin watch tour. Good..."
Hamish Pringle
"Nice cafe: plenty of outdoor and indoor seating. Food was..."
Elizabeth D
"Great coffee and Chicken Pide was excellent. Friendly staff and a great spot in the sun. Were told it was the best brunch place in town and it was..."
Dave H
"I tried the pulled pork burger with fries one time and the salmon filo today, was sad the kitchen closes early the bus was late back due to the..."
Ash Gibson
"I didn't visit for the dolphin encounter, but I did visit for the cooked breakfast. A regular stop when we are in town and the service and quality of..."
Ash Price
"Often call in, and often with young Grandchildren, Friendly staff (threatened to put caffeine into our grandchildren's fluffy's lol). Good quality..."
Paul Donaldson
"The Frech toast was delicious, the big breakfast wasnt as big as I expected comparing it to others weve had on this trip. Still a decent sized meal..."
T&G Ratahi
"Really enjoyed that place, been there few times and always been great. Guess the best is the view when the weathers nice. Good range of food, tasty..."
katerina peuka
"Loved the food! Beautiful location with plenty outdoor seating for a hearty summer..."
Elroy 0kada
"We did the dolphin encounter twice it was that incredible. Couldn't get enough. Two days of swimming with dolphins was an absolute..."
John Hudson
"We tried their Seafood Chowder and Mussels in white wine cream sauce and both dishes were great. Very fresh and tasty. Seafood wasn't overcooked, but..."
Ilya Genkin
"Great coffee.We had surprise with chocolate spoon. Its near a beach, so its up to you if you take it out or stay..."
Biji Leskova
"good location, good foods, nice..."
Dino Li
"Fantastic service, amazing views, delicious hot chocolate that comes with a chocolate covered spoon. I highly recommend to anyone passing by..."
J
"Nice Cafe with good selection, prices, and food. Had the seafood chower and a berry smoothie. ..."
Derek Lewis
"Delicious salmon filo in the cabinet and a well priced menu as well. Great view of the water from cafe and very clean..."
Teresa Bowe
"Delicious breakfast for both kids and adults. We really enjoyed our meals. Coffee & smoothie was so yummy ! Slices were also good. Staff were not..."
Tania Palmer
Donegal House
78/100 (631 ratings)
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"Didint stay just called in for a drink but what a beautiful place! Met the new owner, this place is huge, fire going, grounds are stunning, perfect..."
Sue Price
"Went to Kaikoura for a function and was delighted to seeing Donegal House back humming after a long hiatus. We were a large group and were able to..."
Lynda Scott
"Stopped by for lunch, service was fantastic and the food was excellent. The wgole vibe of the place was super chill but a cute pond based park and..."
Catherine Jevic
"I stayed in a campervan on a powered site to the rear of the property. Fantastic set up, stunning location and really clean facilities. I had both..."
Carmel Henry
"Food was 10/10 exactly the standard youd expect of Pub Food back home in Ireland. Pints of Murphy (Donegal Stout) were top of the range and poured by..."
Cian Arthur
"We stayed two nights with our campervan and we fell in love with the place ! Beautiful view of the mountains, adorable garden, adorable people and a..."
Elsa Giarratano
"Brand new owners, and they are awesome! Place has a great vibe - super friendly, cozy w the fire, and a couple of screens on which to watch the..."
Eliza Armstrong
"Went there with a group of 6 on a busy Friday night with multiple functions on. Staff were seriously under the pump but did a great job squeezing us..."
James Kendall
"A surperb place to stay with our motorhome and the food was excellent. I had the Pork belly that was presented beautifully but sadly in a large soup..."
Allan Duston
"Had a dinner with friends on monday night. The place was busy yet the staff were efficient and fast when delivering food and clearing tables. The..."
Jojo Tulley
Allure Cafe
76/100 (552 ratings)
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"Very pleasant clean tidy cafe. A nice breakfast was enjoyed by the family. Great staff. Great..."
Dice4Dungeons
"Jess provided excellent service and we were also impressed with Pixie's service. Went here with my big family to cook our fish and crayfish, and we..."
James C
"After finishing our fishing charter with Kaikoura Fishing Tours we bought our Crays and blue cod fish to Allure and even though they were closing..."
Indiana Bones
"Delicious food! From the meals to the coffee (and fluffy) and the sweets from the cabinet 😍 Very friendly and helpful staff as well! We enjoyed..."
Melissa Jara
"Absolute win, took our own fish in, they prepared and cooked it to perfection, generous amounts of chips and sides, will 100% be back, keep up the..."
Chris Platt
"Honestly, we hesitate to go in... But it was really really good ! Perfect for the price and the quality of the burger and sweet potatoes wedges ! the..."
Bruno Salvador
"Great food, friendly staff. My partner was impressed with the warm, convivial atmosphere of this cafe. It felt like a warm, unpretentious place to..."
Michael Brown
"We ordered the big breakfast, salmon bagel and pancakes with cream. We all loved the food, fresh and tasty. We waited a while but it was a public..."
Emma Geary
"The country fried chicken is always fresh and tender. The woman behind the till is always friendly and helpful. My favourite stop on the way..."
Darren aitken
"Friendly service, outstanding food & amazing chef. Fresh & affordable. The best kai in..."
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"Was a bit quiet unfortunately due to low tourist numbers post-earthquake, but friendly hard working staff with delicious coffee and great food made..."
Sam Haslam
"Great food excellent friendly service delicious homemade slices and scrumptious assortment of muffins, very impressed with the detail quality and..."
Shaun Bond
"Tasty steak sandwich. Hash brown fries were a nice twist. Children's play area was a..."
Andre S
"Excellent food and service. Even though we called in as they were about to close. It was perfect in every..."
Linda Renalson
The Whaler
74/100 (2568 ratings)
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"It's meant to be pub food but really it was outstanding. We stumbled upon this cos we wanted to see the rugby . Pleasantly surprised. The fish was so..."
karin hubber
"Popped in here on a quiet Sunday night. Staff friendly and left us to enjoy the space and view. Huge sized meals for a good price. Good history..."
Sarah Healey
"Awesome food and causy place to be for a drink or eat while travelling from Picton to..."
Kazi Tabriz
"Starting off positive - Mains were excellent with good sized portions. The chicken was a little dry but the peppercorn sauce made up for it. The ribs..."
Graeldon
"Decent pub food, excellent chowder and fish. Staff really busy on the holiday weekend but stayed cheerful and very helpful. I'm never that thrilled..."
Steve Warne
"A solid Monteith's pub in Kaikoura. Loads of space, and a couple of pool tables. There's an upstairs deck which would be awesome on a sunny day...."
Morgan Williams
"Very nice bar area to sit in and enjoy the sun at the window 😎 Had some nice beer and good Sauvignon Blanc. We enjoyed a lot. Unfortunately we..."
Sandra B
"Nice food with large portions and reasonable price. Friendly atmosphere. You place your order and pay at the..."
j c
"The burger patty seemed like it was pre-cooked and re-heated, but otherwise the service was what set our experience apart - it was fantastic, from..."
Russell King
"We like the ambience here, cozy and seems a nice place to socialize or gather with your friends! I ordered chai latte and kids steak meal because I..."
Usa Iswari
"Great food. We didn't wait too long for the food. BBQ port ribs was..."
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"Great place! Were honest with is about the wait times on a busy night. The staff were all friendly and wonderful, very accommodating. The place has a..."
Adam Haycock
"We got BBQ ribs and the porterhouse steak and were really happy with the food. Lovely little restaurant and bar and even though they said they were..."
Jessie Nankivell
"During my 3 years in New Zealand- the best place for both lslands. Girls who are working here are doing just..."
Ana Ivina
"Pretty good chowder, found scallop, prawns and a big piece of fish in it. Soup main was nice. Kids meals were fairly good value. Required to order at..."
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Why Not Cafe
70/100 (1199 ratings)
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"Beautiful sunny spot in the morning for a coffee and something to eat..... I got a mushroom and steak pie, nice big chunks of steak. Service was..."
Mr Moto
"Great food. Nice coffee. Friendly personal. Nice..."
Frank Osbæck
"Seems to be a popular cafe in the new and popular area in Kaikuora. Heard that the seafood chowder and the brownies are good here. Well, the seafood..."
c ph (Pink Gardenia)
"Great to find this wee gem for an early breakfast! Wonderful friendly, prompt service, delicious eggs bene with salmon and lovely hot coffee. Great..."
Gina Barnett
"Good breakfast and lunch spot in town. Service is fast and food is inviting. Staff is pretty busy as the place fills up rapidly. Decent amount of..."
c “cfl” lane
"The next day after the fishing trip we headed down there to have breakfast. Busy place but service good,prices reasonable and delivery of breakfast..."
Chris Robinson
"I don't usually post reviews, however I'll make an exception. Stopped by while travelling up North and that was possibly my best decision. Had..."
Leon Niedermeier
"Why not indeed! Great cabinet food and good menu variety on offer. We were all very happy with our meals and coffees. Very efficient and generous..."
Deb
"I frequented this cafe whilst I was staying in Kaikoura. Their cakes and coffees were excellent! I really enjoyed chatting with the staff during my..."
David Garwood
"Have been travelling through nz over last couple of weeks. This is first cafe that has stood out for good service and tasty, well presented food,..."
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