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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

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7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
(04) 387 4539
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Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 27
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Worth the long wait

Often a long wait both to be seated and for the meals to come out, but almost always worth it. Aesthetics are great both inside and the view of the beach. Upstairs so don't bring your wheelchair friends/family members on you might end up having to carry them or leaving them at the bottom of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
BigSammyJohn
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Wellington, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Often a long wait both to be seated and for the meals to come out, but almost always worth it. Aesthetics are great both inside and the view of the beach. Upstairs so don't bring your wheelchair friends/family members on you might end up having to carry them or leaving them at the bottom of the stairs which isn't very... More 

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Goulburn and Surrounds, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you can get to this restaurant you will not be disappointed great views over the surf and ocean and the food was of good quality. A real little pleasure to visit. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It's is an iconic Wellington cafe. Headed there for brunch on Saturday morning to find it over flowing with people we waited 20min for a table and 30min for our food. The view, food and coffee are great if you are prepared to wait. The only thing I think this place needs to seriously consider is how they seat people.... More 

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Russell, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Oh my goodness I have not had such delicious buttermilk pancakes before! The berries and mascarpone add to its taste! I ordered bacon as an extra. The servings are large and tasty. Kids enjoyed pancakes, eggs benedict & hubby had baked beans & bacon. Reasonably priced, good coffee and so filling! Have been twice on this trip to Wellington because... More 

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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon - and I can imagine it's just as lovely in bad weather too. Got there late so the menu was limited, but the veggie quesadillas hit the spot and more, accompanied by an apple cider. 3 quick changes of table got me front and centre to the picture view, the place was buzzing... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It would be hard to find a cafe with a great location on the beach like this, it has a great view of the sea and human activity there. You can go to plenty of other attractions from Lyall Parade after or before. They have a good spectrum of cafe foods, reasonable prices for Welly, and the staffers are friendly.

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Feilding, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

waiting for a flight to arrive, husband and I called in for drink and snack, steps up to café disgustlngly dirty, the guy serving us was holding a baby and talked to it more than the customer, drinks (2 beers $19) small bowl of chips $7, tables were messy and also need refurbishing ( you can only have "retro" so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Location alone provides enough of a draw to visit the Maranui café, the incredible views out to sea can provide an amazing backdrop for any meal, but the food is always great too. The place is never not busy, the queues move pretty quick though and there's some excellent brunch options. Cakes and treats on the counter always worth investigating... More 

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Yorkshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great food and funky place with views over the beach. The food was really tasty and I can't wait to return and try out more of the menu. The cakes looked yummy.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This place is always busy, and on the lucky occasions I get a seat, the service is really good. The food is healthy and tasty. The coffee is great. The views are spectacular as it's right on the beach. What more could you ask for?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: (04) 387 4539

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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