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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
(04) 387 4539
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Ranked #10 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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new zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Wow couldn't believe how busy this place is the queues where long, we had to wait a little but not to bad.. The food was very good but i wouldn't rave about it, there are so many better places in town,but the outlook if by the windows is pretty special!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went early on a Sunday morning and were able to get a table straight away. Had probably the best breakfast we have had so far in Wellington so can see why so many people want to go there.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

On the south coast near the airport overlooking wellington surf beach in town at Lyall Bay. Its very popular went there recently for afternoon tea. Queues down the stairs, we didn't wait, I couldn't face it. That's was on a Sunday. The staff a very friendly, food and coffee is good. Very good service and fast and friendly. Its a... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

When I lived in Wellington this was somewhere I probably went once a week, and always when returning from an overseas trip due to being so close to the airport. Now it's somewhere that I try to visit every time I am in Wellington. There's usually a queue down the stairs and a wait for the food, but it's always... More

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canberra
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Had never heard of this place a local took me. Busy even on a Wednesday at 1.30 but got a table. Great old building with amazing views and terrific atmosphere. Food also delicious and I can see why it is so popular. Worth the drive.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very, very busy. Queued down the stairs waiting to get in but well worth the wait. Usually places with a view (views over the wild sea and busy airport runways) aren't that flash when it comes to food quality, pricing, service and great coffee but this place excels on all counts.

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Wairarapa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lunch at the Maranui Cafe - after a wait in a queue for a table with a view, we gave our order and while waiting enjoyed the wonderful sight of the sea and surf.The toasted sandwiches were very tasty when they arrived and the coffee was hot. I definitely recommend this cafe.

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Vege 'Victory' Breakfast is amazing, one of the best in Wellington, and the smoothies are AWESOME! A definite favourite when you have time for a trek out that way.

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16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I recently went to Maranui and despite the long line we were seated and served relatively quickly. The pancakes and spirulina smoothie were superb. Top marks.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

While Maranui can regularly be found near the top of any 'Best Wellington Cafes' list, I've never figured out why. The cafe is regularly very full - to the point where you feel uncomfortably crammed in. There is often a long wait for a table, and once seated, the service is slow and there's a long wait for food. The... More

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