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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
(04) 387 4539
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Ranked #14 of 636 restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Café
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Have been here many times. The location is great overlooking the beach and it is always busy. The food is reasonably priced and creative. Good selection too. Nice to sit outside on a fine day and you might have to share your table with others, but that's ok too.

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London, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I have always loved the place. But I try to go when its not crazy busy as it does get big lines. I love the window seats and beach views. Love the salads and amazing old style milkshake. Really is a favorite food spot.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nice busy café at the beach. Great atmosphere, good service. Nice coffees, muffin and chips. It’s a very busy café, we visited on a Sunday afternoon and there was a wait. Also, even though it’s a seaside café if you’re not at a table by the window, you won’t really have a view. But it was nice, people seemed happy... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Quick breakfast Good value ($16 full breakfast incl. flat white) Nice ambiance Friendly staff Well known by taxis

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A friend recommended this place to us. I wish we had known about it before our disastrous lunch at Arthur's in Wellington. The outside gives very little clue to the little gem inside. As you climb the stairs there are fabulous old photos on the walls of past lifeguards. The interior is just wonderful, a bit 1950's American style diner.... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We are definitely going back to this place next time we are in Wellington. We called in for a coffee but decided on a milkshake. A trendy young man with heaps of pizazz served us and he was so helpful and welcoming. The food that was going out to the other patrons looked superb and we were wishing we had... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great café. The staff are always seem to be in a good mood and are very helpful. The café overlooks Lyall Bay with lovely views. The food is amazing. It does get packed with people of all ages and can be noisy at times, but worth the wait. Definitely recommend this café when visiting Wellington

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Maranui is a personal favourite cafe of mine in the wellington region on a nice day there is a gorgeous view out from lyall bay and a walk along the beach after lunch never goes a miss. Although there are sometimes long waits to be seated and on food (particularly in the weekend) it is well worth the wait. The... More

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Auckland
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108 reviews 108 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It was Mothers day so busy ++ but still no wait. Not the best Eggs Benedict I have had- very little hollandaise sauce which I had to request more of and overall just not that good or generous in size. But enjoyed the view and had 2 coffees as this was excellent. Easy parking, nice environment and efficient staff.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is one of the best brunch places in Wellington, the bakery cabinet is very tempting. The pancakes are good, although the don't quite beat Beach Babylon's. However, I wouldn't say it's a relaxing experience with the gaggles of people.

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