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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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Napier, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
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
13 helpful votes 13 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Each time I arrive in Wellington from Australia I go here for Breakfast. I'm not a breakfast person but the food is awesome, It got a awesome view, to go with the awesome food. It definitely a place I keep coming back to when I'm in Wellington.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I have been going to Maranui for a long time....many years. Great place with a super view, great food, great staff. The food is all fresh and the menu is lovely, the staff are very nice and friendly. If you have kids like I do they will love the place and the children's menu is really good. Great milkshakes It... More

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Bxl
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102 reviews 102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

They still have the best milkshakes in town but the quality of the food is not as good as it used to be. One of our regular hangouts when in Wellington we were eager to go back on this trip unfortunately quality has gone down. We went for the mussels of which we had such great memories but they were... More

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