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Waterfront Cafe & Bar

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Pizza, Seafood, Pacific Rim
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Waterfront Drive | Far North, Mangonui, New Zealand
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great steak

Good wine list. Lovely friendly service. The steak was great and the lamb looked fab and apparently was fab,

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
KateA20142014
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We were really surprised with the delicious food at this Restaurant, being on the waterfront it had many seafood dishes which included scallops and calamari. Mangonui is a very quiet old whaling/fishing village, and this is the only restaurant open after 7 pm at night. The service was very attentive and the food was some of the best we have... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It was mine and my husbands first time in Mangonui and we had the waterfront recommended to us by a couple of friendly strangers in the street so we thought we would try it out. We arrived at about 7 on a quiet night and approached the front counter. The woman who we presumed was in charge asked us if... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Good wine list. Lovely friendly service. The steak was great and the lamb looked fab and apparently was fab,

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We have visited Mangonui several times in the past few years and by coincidence found the Waterfront. The staff are relaxed and the food excellent and it is all in keeping with the seaside atmosphere. Great place!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Just on the water in the most incredible little town. Both times we visited the service was incredibly fast and to the point- but still friendly and personal. The food was excellent and the coffee outstanding- not to mention the view. What more can you wish for?

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Had NZ scallops which were delicious. No main vegetarian options. Very little atmosphere but staff were friendly and keen to help with choices.

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Auckland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Have been a few times before, most recently over easter weekend. I was surprised that it wasn't very busy. The food here is always top standard. The service is sometimes a bit slow and uninterested. I would like to see some more variety on the menu. A bit odd that they don't have fries which is a kiwi favourite.. Waiter... More 

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Deal, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Excellent food - the chef understands what taste is, whereas so few others do. The cappuccinos used to be more reliable but now they're just "OK". Wonderful position with fantastic views.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Capriciosa - this takeaway pizza had a great topping combination and the base was scrunchy and flavoursome. Recommended.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious, served by pleasant friendly staff. A local band played one evening which created a great atmosphere and made for a really good evening.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Waterfront Drive | Far North, Mangonui, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Mangonui

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Seafood, Pacific Rim

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