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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
(04) 387 4539
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Ranked #15 of 618 restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Café
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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PL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Its a great place with nice vintage decor. Always busy, always great consistent food. We love The coffee which is havana 5 star blend And berry smoothie is really tasty, cheap, big portion without added sugar which is a bonus! We go there mainly for coffee and smoothies and cakes but other food is great too! If you want more... More

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Auckland New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Great food, great location and great staff. Even saw Mu from Fat Freddie's Drop having a coffee. Would recommend and go back.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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80 reviews 80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If you are a morning bird at weekends, this is the place to go for a good breakfast. Great selection, more than enough food on the plate. I had a vegetarian dish and it was beautiful. Just perfect to fuel up for the walk along Island Bay after. Coffee is good too. Service? Absolutely - they really look after you... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Came on a Sunday morning on a beautiful Wellington day. The place was really busy with a wye up the stairs. We were however seated promptly and outside on the deck over looking the ocean. Had the big breakfast which was one of the best I have had in a while. The staff were friendly and efficient with changes to... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Sunny morning, six of us decide we'll go to Maranui for brunch. Apparently most of Wellington and half of the tourists in New Zealand had the same idea! The queue extended down the narrow stairs, making for intimate greetings as guests exited, almost having to embrace the waiting customers. The whole event created an atmosphere of excitement. By the time... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I've been to Maranui Cafe quite a few times and always been disappointed. So why go back? Well, it seemed so popular and crowded I kept thinking maybe I just got them on a bad day, plus we often had work events booked downstairs which took me back there. The service has been consistently bad (unreasonable waiting times, for seating... More

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Midwest
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Fine dining it is not but if you are looking for a great spot to escape Wellington head to Maranui in Lyall Bay. (#3 Bus) or easy drive. We headed over mistakenly for dinner one night to find it is a breakfast-lunch cafe but it was so cute we came back the next day for lunch. The menu is pretty... More

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London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed with friends in Lyall Bay and were brought here for breakfast one day. And came back for the following 3 mornings! This is the best breakfast ever. Cool surroundings. Great staff. Kid friendly. Great sun deck overlooking the beach. And most importantly - the food is excellent. And very reasonably priced too. Was always very busy and just... More

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auckland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This café is great! It has great views and great food! The stairs might be a bit challenging though if you aren't very mobile. Friendly staff! Lots of retro memorabilia. I'm going to put this café on must visit any time I'm in Welly!

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We had our first meal at this restaurant yesterday and absolutely loved it! The restaurant occupies the first floor of the old SLSC up a flight of narrow stairs. We had superb casual cafe style lunch, while enjoying the view over Lyall Bay out across the Wellington Heads. The menu was short, but this is a good thing as it... More

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