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Slamclub
94/100 (373 ratings)
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"What a wonderful place. Had a take away sandwich - was amazing. So we decided to come back for dinner the next night. Amazing food & great staff...."
Karen Goodman
"Great food, great staff, and a great vibe. International staff and still the most kiwi experience ever. If you want some of the best food Kaikoura..."
Neihana Burke
"Very nice place. Sandwich’s are very delicious but venison is little bit small if you are very hungry u can get duck sandwich is better..."
gosmami
"Excellent food and service. The staff are REALLY nice and the food is AMAZING. We had the Buddha Bowl and seafood paella (risotto), as we don’t eat..."
Andry G.
"One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had! A must eat place when visiting Kaikoura with very friendly staff (more than happy to make the Breakfast..."
Wesley Tilbury
"Great place for lunch! Recommend the Quacky..."
Emma Krijnen
"Cool vibes, friendly staff, and amazing food. Came here hungry after cycling from Hanmer and the food didn't disappoint. Meat platter was full of..."
David Balzer
"Nice place where you can have gluten free options. We had a really nice salad and yummy potatoes with a delicious ali oli sauce..."
Hôku Wild
"The food was super delicious and the staff was very energetic and..."
L. P.
"The Dear Me was delicious! Such a great place to get lunch in Kaikoura. Would highly recommend for toasty..."
Lance Cotter
Karaka Lobster
86/100 (490 ratings)
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"The freshest lobster I have ever had in NZ. They catch their lobsters daily and cook them to sell on the day. (You could buy and take away alive..."
Amy
"Dropped by here on my way to Blenheim to try out the crayfish/lobster as it was recommended by one of my peers in NZ. Lobster was served with aioli..."
David Popperfield
"We travelled from Christchurch for a day trip and chose Karaka Lobster to be our food destination. We wanted to give fresh lobster a go as we've..."
Nancy Lan Watkinson
"Lovely place and a worth it crayfish lobster to reward ourselves after a long drive from Auckland. Coffee, was a bit of a meh. The view is amazing...."
danielleleilalu
"A lovely pull in off the road for quality food and drink. Local freshly caught and cooked 🦞 lobster served by very friendly staff. Good ♿️..."
Carl Hill
"One of New Zealand’s famous tourist towns, primarily known for whale watching, swimming with dolphins, and enjoying lobster! In the Māori..."
彭笙瑞
"Ordered hot chips and they were nice and tasty. As for the crayfish. They were being sold by weight which is very reasonable. Fully recommend this..."
David M Pelasio
"Cute place. Fabulous views. Great place to chill..."
lindy jarvis
"Luckily we turned up before the lunch call, we had a cray for brunch, and even saw John Key dropped in by helicopter for their famous sausage..."
Ian Greer
"Fantastic treat, for lunch crayfish n chips, super friendly staff in a beautiful..."
Murray & Karen Anderson
Hislops Wholefood Cafe
86/100 (671 ratings)
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"Wonderful spot to stop at for lunch. Tried the salmon quesadilla and the cacao beef nachos, both were of good quality and the service was good. Nice..."
Henry MD
"LOVED IT! We went for the nachos and the chicken tostada for lunch and both were gone in the blink of an eye while the kids meals were equally..."
Russell King
"Great food. Had the eggs Benedict and they were great. The soup of the day was very good and the eggs and avocado where tasty. The fresh juice was a..."
Christiana Smyrilli
"The best breakfast in Kaikoura, hands down. You know how a lot of places do Eggs Benedict, and you taste them and you just end up with that fatty..."
Andrew Johnson (AJ)
"A bit pricey, but the food and the service is good. They also have a cosy outdoor which is really good when the sun is out. I ordered an energizer..."
A-L J
"Big portions and the flavor is there as well! Service is friendly and warm. Awesome brunch for our weekend trip. Will come back again for..."
Le W
"Great place for breakfast. The coffee was great. Just the way we drink it. Strong. Food is..."
Marin Ianev
"A cafe amongst the container precinct in the middle of Kaikoura town centre. It has a modern decor with fierce timber look and a hip millennial feel..."
Pleayo Tovaranonte
"Very amazing staff and beautiful cafe! It's a bit pricy but the food is worth it. We'd come..."
Jasmin Jäger
"Went in for breakfast, hand the eggs Benny. Coffee was yum, food was yum, service was quick and good. All round great..."
Jenn Shraga
"Very nice and cute place. The food was very good. The lemon crumble was DELICIOUS. I would love to have the..."
Viviane Kas
"Excellent excellent service and the food was delicious. The staff was very knowledgeable and provided great recommendations on meals and drinks. ..."
Ben Krehbiel
"Delicious and healthy food, vegetarian options available. We loved the lunch ans breakfast and will come back one day..."
S C
"Best breakfast place in Kaikoura. Good coffee, delicious food, lovely staff and cozy..."
Sarah
"ABSOLUTELY LOVE!!! Delightful staff.... Fantastic food and coffee... WiFi.... Nice clean bathrooms... General warm atmosphere..."
Deena D'Clute
"amazing food, great environment and nice..."
סתו מלצר
"Excellent service and delicious wholesome food! We went for lunch and shared the lentil burger with my sister. The staff were super sweet as they..."
Melissa
"What a lovely cafe! Inviting, warm, beautifully laid out restaurant with ample garden + patio space. Excellent service, great coffee, and I had an..."
Julie Pirkle
"Such a fantastic place for coffee and breakfast. The coffee is the best I have had here in NZ (and i love my coffee so that is a compliment!) And the..."
Amy Bowles
Beach House Cafe
83/100 (1049 ratings)
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"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
Simes Kitchen
83/100 (311 ratings)
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"Came in to Simes after biking the kaikoura cycle trail and was treated to an utterly delicious lunch and one of the best iced lattes I've had...."
Steph
"Great food and coffee..nothing to fault 👌 we ll be back tomorrow to try some more..."
Natallia
"Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent. Great vegan & vegetarian options. Local beer on tap was great, will come again..."
Monique Murray
"Nice cafe in Kaikoura with great food and service. Lots of options of sandwiches and sweet treats. Outdoor seating great for a sunny..."
Joao Nobre
"Lovely staff. Great service. Had breakfast here. Food was exceptional 👌. Would highly..."
Ian&Trudy Green
"Had such an amazing breakfast today so I had to leave a review. The quality of food and flavours at simes are next level. Both meals were delicious -..."
Lucy Burrows
"Lovely place! Good coffee and the food is just YUMMY!!! Nice selection of dish, a lot of DF, GF and VG options. Very good coffee. Staff friendly and..."
alison richard
"I had only coffee but it was great! Finaly after few days travelling I had coffee with good taste! I will come again maybe for something to eat..."
Kateřina Jirková
"Wonderful breakfast at Sime’s - great ambiance, lovely staff and delicious food. We had the cornbread & eggs and strudel French toast - would..."
Andrea Newman
"One of the best vegan tafu burger we had. Love the other dishes also...."
Gilbert Tan
Kaikoura Food Company
82/100 (343 ratings)
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"Unbelievably great food and lattes! They put a piece of fudge with your latte to drop in your latte, Yum! The omelette was so fluffy, it was a slice..."
Rob Ryan
"We stop here for a morning coffee with the family and kids loved it, the food was great and good price, breakfast in less than 5 min, toasts and..."
Hardy
"After the happy episode of good food + wine at Saint Clair, we drove to Kaikoura to stay for the night as we have whale watching tour the next..."
Boon Loong Leo
"Stopped in here going up and down the island, the staff are always warm and inviting (mother/daughter behind the counter) and the food is quick and..."
Edward Karauria
"Lovely stop. Great coffee and we both had a good lunch. Chips perfection. Bacon & egg filo lovely. Thai pumpkin soup cud be more chilli but hey..."
Jacky Young
"We stopped here on our way to Christchurch, so lovely and friendly staff, delicious pies and ofcourse very good coffee. Stressfree atmosphere. Strong..."
Alisa Mutanen
"A huge 5 stars don't do this place justice. Mouthwatering, well presented, truly great food at a very reasonable price. Truly, set the other stops..."
John O'B
"Stopped for a quick bite before heading out for the day, service was fast & friendly. Food was good. Picked up some fudge while we were there which..."
Leah O
"We've eaten here often now and always have a lovely time. Excellent breakfast and coffee. Great roasted sandwiches and excellent croissants. ..."
John Lucas
"The food we had was a steak sandwich and burger and they were all cooked tp perfection and very delicious. The coffees and iced chocolate were..."
Rosemarie Ambler
"What a find! Great ambience, spacious, not in the town centre (big plus, and easier parking). Fantastic coffee, great cafe style food, excellent..."
Robert Stillion
"Second visit to The Food Company Kaikoura, first was a breakfast engagement back in 2016. This time we broke up our Picton to Christchurch trip with..."
Fraser Kitt
"Great food and friendly service. The pancakes were so yum. Thanks..."
Alex %
"Visited this cafe on our walk into town. Coffee and 2 muffins. Great selection. Very pleased with our choices and the lady was very pleasant. ..."
Colleen Allen
"The freshest lightest filo's, sooo tasty, absolutely the yummiest food I've eaten, will definitely be back for more..."
Carol Papworth
"Good value. We had the fish chowder, salad and fries with 2 very large flat whites. Well presented and tasty. Good service quantities were..."
Bill Taylor
"100% recommend this cafe. They were so helpful, friendly and accommodating. It almost had a family vibe! Great place for kids. They took extra care..."
Kristi M
Cafe Encounter
80/100 (745 ratings)
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"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
Pot Belly Bakery & Cafe
77/100 (65 ratings)
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"Best pies in town and delicious coffee and muffins as Well. Love the atmosphere and great music. Friendly staff and fair prices. When you are in..."
Lilia Knaub
"Excellent chicken & avo roll - was hungry and ate it quickly, enjoyed it so much I had a second one. Have tried their pies in the past and been very..."
Noah Edgar
"I was confused before I get into the cafe first. But me and my friends were really surprised the hospitality atmosphere. I just had only a cup of..."
albin mathew
"Friend and I walked past this Bakery not expecting much and bought 2 pies. Loved the Pies, nice chunky fillings and very fresh. Friendly staff. They..."
Jess Tse
"Very good Chicken Wrap! So much of the Mixed salad Inside and not only sauce and the tortilla itself, absolutely..."
Christoph Kielhorn
"I had a few coffees in kaikoura. This was the best. Really friendly owners and was nice sitting in the sun with the view of the..."
K K
"Delicious steak and cheese pie! You have to try it. They gave us a little star cookie for Xmas as..."
Tara-Lee Houkamau
"Very friendly and welcoming Xx beautiful Home cooked food, great music an enjoyable and welcome little stop on our..."
Wendy Jane Campion
"Excellent friendly service and great place to grab a bite to eat. Thanks for your great..."
Dane Garrett
"I loved the banana bread and the Cappuccino! 😍 super friendly..."
Julia H.
"Best pie I've had in NZ. Steak and..."
Amber Mccarthy
"Go down every week to watch the traffic and sip a coffee. Bloody good steak..."
Christopher Maciulaitis
"Nice pie and coffee had here thank..."
Mark Ryan
"Amazing service and good..."
James
"Good food. Friendly..."
Richard Moreham
"Good pies and..."
Alex Gabites (South Paw)
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,..."
berwyn mason