We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Duke of Marlborough

Certificate of Excellence
Contemporary, Pub
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
35 The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
+64 94037829
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Duke of Marlborough and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 659 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 328
    Excellent
  • 233
    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best spot in nz to dine in

There can be no better, more romantic setting than dining at the Duke at sunset. Great yet laid back service. Probably the lunch menu was better than diner. The latter erring on speed of delivery at the cost of quality. We had gone back for diner based on great lunch selections. Price very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
johnW2627OM
,
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
Add Photo Write a Review

659 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

There can be no better, more romantic setting than dining at the Duke at sunset. Great yet laid back service. Probably the lunch menu was better than diner. The latter erring on speed of delivery at the cost of quality. We had gone back for diner based on great lunch selections. Price very reasonable.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Went for lunch and wasn't disappointed. Very relaxing place overlooking the bay at Russell. Friendly and efficient service. Food was of a good standard which was only added to by the lovely history of the premises. Calamari on rocket, pea and feta salad was especially good. Plenty of quality wines and craft beers to chose from. Will definitely go again.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had not made a booking and arrived shortly before 6 pm. We were greeted by a very unfriendly French Man making a big deal of not having a booking. After a few grunts and sighs he seated us at what felt like the "dunces" table right by the waiters till. He also made it very clear that we had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Timaru, New Zealand
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

took the ferry especially to go to this Resto... but disappointed that oysters we're unavailable which isn't their fault... the potato cooked in duck fat made up for it.. we had a nice lunch ... but nothing too special bout it, wish they can incorporate something to make it symbolic to being the oldest pub in NZ.. Staff we're helpful... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Duke of Marlborough might be a very old hotel but there is nothing old fashioned about the food. The chefs were up to the minute in their choice of menu, the presentation and the quality of the food we were offered. The only problem we had was choosing between the various options and not overdoing it. We were also... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Masterton
Level Contributor
34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Had the tastiest mushroom and blue vein soup I have ever tasted. Would love that recipe. Also a great lamb main. Lovely old building with plenty of character and charming decor. Good service and impressed staff served to the right people in such a large crowd.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paihia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Great location, perfect atmosphere, delicious meal and a great selection of wines. What could be better than that. Our mid week business dinner went really well. thanks very much guys.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kerikeri, New Zealand
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were a large group with a reservation on a Saturday for lunch. The atmosphere is full of character and comfortable. The waiting staff looked a bit amateur but did a cheerful and efficient job. We were all happy with our food and the wine choices were excellent.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We dined at this very fine establishment five days in a row as every time was outstanding. The atmosphere and view is awesome. The food is fresh and innovative and the staff are a delight.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The staff were warm and welcoming and provided a knowledgable and excellent service. The food was delicious and wait times were minimal. We certainly had no complaints. On our return to Auckland, other people have made similar comments. Highly recommended. We will return next year.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Duke of Marlborough also viewed

Russell, Bay of Islands
Russell, Bay of Islands
 
Russell, Bay of Islands
 

Been to Duke of Marlborough? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 94037829

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Pub

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Duke of Marlborough staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?