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Diggers Restaurant, RSA

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1 Chapel Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7773
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Description: Come and enjoy relaxed dining in the warm, friendly environment of the...
Come and enjoy relaxed dining in the warm, friendly environment of the local Russell RSA. We serve good, wholesome food at very reasonable prices. Dine in the Restaurant or outside in the covered courtyard. A childrens menu is available and there's even a toy box to keep the little ones amused too.
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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best vaue in Russell

Friendly people. We had the scallops between us first. Then a pork shoulder with yummy mash etc and a half sized fish (gurnard) and chips with salad. What a lovely meal. You can eat inside or out and the drinks are really cheap too, because it's a club, I guess. Would highly recommend. This will be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Friendly people. We had the scallops between us first. Then a pork shoulder with yummy mash etc and a half sized fish (gurnard) and chips with salad. What a lovely meal. You can eat inside or out and the drinks are really cheap too, because it's a club, I guess. Would highly recommend. This will be the only place we'd... More 

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San Francisco, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It doesn't look like much but this Returned Servicemen's Club is a gem! Good food, very friendly staff, and a down home atmosphere. If you're tired of tourist menus, this will refresh. Just sign the book at the entry to establish your temporary membership (no fee), step up to the small bar for a drink, then over to the kitchen... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Had a very good meal here - worth walking back from the sea front to the RSA to find this place. Service for both food and drinks were excellent and staff were very welcoming. The smoked fish salad was very tasty as were the prawns and rice. Would certainly eat here again if we return to Russell.

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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We spent 5 days in Russell and on the last night had a meal at the RSA in Russell after reading other reviews on Trip Advisor. We shared the potato and cauliflower fritters to start, shared the pulled pork and the chicken fettucine for mains and had the apple shortcake for dessert. These were some of the best meals we... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We were hosting friends during a holiday recently and couldn't get in to any other restaurant. Having had previous delicious meals with locals at the RSA we went there. The lambs fry is heavenly. The scallops and coriander flavoured slaw accompanying them were also . The meals were large well cooked and the service fantastic despite them being very busy.... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Great food. Amazing service from the pommy guy. 10/10 from the family :) Love the Rump steak and the New York Brownie.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It.s the Russell RSA. Very welcoming and the food was good and plenty of it. We visited on four occasions and each time there were people there eating. Well done guys.

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Katikati, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great food at a very reasonable price. Good selection of drinks, and cheaper than anywhere else in Russell.

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Russell, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Slow Roast Pork and sticky date pudding .... fantastic value, delicious and friendly service. We were a group of 8 and everyone enjoyed their meal.

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London, UK
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Amongst the various restaurants in Russell, this one stands out. Ok, you have to become a temporary member for the evening which takes one minute and drinks are served separately from the food, but you can not beat the place for value and friendliness. The food was excellent, both mains (steak and fish and chips) and desert and the chef... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Chapel Street, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7773

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 18

Description

Come and enjoy relaxed dining in the warm, friendly environment of the local Russell RSA. We serve good, wholesome food at very reasonable prices. Dine in the Restaurant or outside in the covered courtyard. A childrens menu is available and there's even a toy box to keep the little ones amused too.

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