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Why Not Cafe

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66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Helensvale, Australia
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just a stopover for lunch. This place was much appreciated. Lovely food, great staff and a very clean and welcoming shop. They make a 'mean' cup of tea. Sandwiches,cakes and pies were fresh. The seafood chowder was a big hit, taste wise as well as price wise. Well done. Take a trip to Kaikoura to support this lovely seaside town.

Thank DondeaB
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our breakfast here, really nice. Lovely scrambled eggs which I had a craving for, and the staff were happy for us to just sit and people watch after we'd eaten. Lovely place, I recommend it.

1 Thank 653AnnFrank
Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had breakfasts and lunch here. Everything was fresh, well prepared and generous serves. Good coffee too.

1 Thank hydrographer54
Ashburton, New Zealand
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Stopped here a couple of times. Really nice food. The only issue I had was having to wait 45 minutes for my meal - they were really busy, but I thought it was far too long to wait for lunch. Was very enjoyable when it finally arrived though.

Thank Philip C
Brisbane Region, Australia
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Had a nice gluten free breakfast at Why Not with eggs hollandaise bacon and GF bread. Staff very helpful to ensure my meal was GF. The Cafe is also set up well for those on the run with a cabinet of pre-prepared meals and snacks. I would come again.

Thank Aussie2Lee
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for a quick lunch. Food was poor and overpriced. Lots of flys in outside eating area, so had to eat inside when we would have preferred to eaten outdoors.

Thank russ29
Wellington, New Zealand
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped in one morning for a coffee and breakfast. Overall - it was ok - not great, not bad - but alright. The brekky menu reminded me of a truck stop - mince on toast, baked beans on toast, speghetti on toast. Don't get me wrong - I like truck stop food - lots of it and very hearty! Likewise... More 

Thank arj66
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Unbelievably delicious and packed with seafood. So so so good. They say its rhe best and it is. Twice in two days

1 Thank Robert H
Cheshire, UK
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265 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Well worth a stop here for their delicious cakes and pastries which are generously filled with quality ingredients. You serve yourself in a bag if it's takeaway or on a plate if you're eating in and they serve a good cup of coffee with that all important smile. They also have a nice outside sitting area at the back. We... More 

Thank phil100652
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 February 2017

I would have liked a healthy nutritious salad but had to be contented with a delicious fish chowder. The service was impersonal but efficient.

Thank Maria T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 66 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 319-6486

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?