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Caves Restaurant

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Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand
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State Highway 1 | RD1, Kaikoura 7371 , New Zealand
+64 3-319 5023
07:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Thu 07:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sun 07:00 - 18:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Great food, great staff, great facilities and a stunning view. A must stop if your are looking for a good coffee :-)

Thank Jacqueline M
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123 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Even though the Caves were closed due to the earthquake, what an awesome place. Great breakfast, great coffee and so clean. 10/10

Thank chris_cairns
Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great little stop with yummy food, good coffee & a great view of South Bay. Generous breakfast for the price. I broke down & the staff could not have been nicer.

Thank ZenShell
Christchurch, New Zealand
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Great spot on the waterfront. Great food and coffee. Didn't go to the caves this visit, but have previously. Well worth a visit:)

Thank Elaine J
New Zealand
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

As a regular traveller down the Kaikoura coast this has become our #1 stop for a coffee or quick meal.

1 Thank JVJW-NZ
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Hot cup of tea tasty seafood pattie fudge cake and blurberry muffin Plenty of off road parking and views of the sea

Thank 236brendad
Cheviot, New Zealand
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Friendly welcome, prompt service, hot coffee and tasty food. Spur of the moment decision to pull off the road during a downpour resulted in a pleasant break from the road. Didn't feel like any of the larger items on the menu - though the fish dish looked very appetising. Opted for some cabinet food and a coffee which all hit... More 

Thank Robert D
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much Caves Restaurant! The hospitality was amazing, but the paua patties were another level again! We will be back!!

Thank Paulette T
Picton, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Stopped here on way to Christchurch, it was lunchtime so we both had the blue cod meal each, wonderful. This fish is so sweet. Well done, They have really tidied the place up and it was warm with the big fire on. The toilets are great too. We will definitely be back.

Thank dereck86
Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 August 2016

As soon as my wife and myself had entered the place, a friendly greeting was given, ordered two breakfast meals, they were both great, big, tasty and served quickly, the pancakes my wife ordered were delicious. The coffee was great..

Thank CoralandGeoff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: State Highway 1 | RD1, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5023
The Cafe has recently had a full makeover with an additional outside covered seating area attached, new toilets and larger kitchen, Our focus is on good food at a good price with fast times.
• Road side Cafe with sea views
• 2km south of town centre
• Family friendly
• Large carparks suitable for boats, trucks and caravans¬¬
• Seating for 50 inside and 35 outside on covered deck
• Hot and cold cabinets, large selection with homemade specialties
• Full menu with beef, seafood, lamb, chicken and venison
• Kids menu
• Takeaways
• Hot drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
• Cold drinks (large selection) including milkshakes, fruit smoothies, frappes, coke and organic selection.
• Ice Creams, Tip Top and real fruit
• Cave tours of famous Limestone Sea Formed Cave.
• $25 Adults and $9 Children
• 6 tours daily. 10:30 to 3:30 hourly
• 20 million years old formations
• Majestic Stalagmites and Stalactites
• Helipad across the road

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