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Wharf Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

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60 Esplanade, Gisborne 3801, New Zealand
06 868 4876
Today
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
It promised so much but .....

We had a group of 7 who had expectations of a nice night based on the location and what it could have been. They were just not prepared for an influx of hungry people. Our waitress was really friendly and accomodating however we waited way too long for the food and when it arrived it was lukewarm... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
BigFella15
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Brisbane
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Great staff, food and coffee at the Wharf café. Fantastic view and space for any size of group. Child friendly with lots of easy parking.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This cafe was recommended to me and I can confirm, it was great. The place was spotless, couldn't help but notice.!! The staff were very friendly and most attentive. Haven'tseen that in a long time. I had a light meal of fish and it was beautiful and so fresh. Very well priced too. There was a good variety of dishes... More 

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Gisborne, New Zealand
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Was very disappointed with the service. Went with a small group, every one ordered their lunches and somehow they forgot my order. Instead of trying to solve the problem they only seemed interested in who was to blame.not the first time this has happened.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Wow. We just popped in for brief dinner before a big drive thru to Rotorua. Place was almost empty, and I don't know why! I had lamb shank and the after dinner mint dessert which my friend persuaded me I needed (didn't take much). Both were exceptionally tasty. One of the nicest lamb shanks I've had in a while and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Hubby & I arrived 45 mins early on this Sunday morning & were standing outside wondering where to go next ladden with overnight suitcases etc on route to the airport..when a lovely young member of their staff came out to greet us & asked us to wait inside while she set up!, as well as that, she took a coffee... More 

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Brisbane
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had a group of 7 who had expectations of a nice night based on the location and what it could have been. They were just not prepared for an influx of hungry people. Our waitress was really friendly and accomodating however we waited way too long for the food and when it arrived it was lukewarm and average. There... More 

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Lucq-de-Bearn, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Looks lovely but the food was disappointing. The oysters were milky, served on salad, so not chilled and the fish uninspiring. Too much going on on the plates. Such a shame as the staff are lovely and a super location.

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1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The staff are friendly. Order took a while to arrive. Had breakfast, it hit the spot. Food a tad pricey. Nice spot.

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Gisborne, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Lovely atmosphere. Staff are awesome. Food comes out quickly, lots of seating both inside and out. over looking a great view on the port river. Good prices, good selection :)

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Great atmosphere, awesome spot, steak was fantastic. And chocolate tart to die for. Kirsten makes the best coffee known to man. Thanks for the great night.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 60 Esplanade, Gisborne 3801, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: 06 868 4876
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?