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The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar

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New Zealand
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Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
09 403 7771
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Today
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 10
    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
Just right

Enjoyed a lovely plate of tapas, washed down with white wine, sitting in the sun waiting for the ferry back to Paihia

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
MartinBDevon
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Devon
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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216 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Devon
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Enjoyed a lovely plate of tapas, washed down with white wine, sitting in the sun waiting for the ferry back to Paihia

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Kalispell, Montana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The whole snapper was amazing. Be sure to save room for dessert. Our table by the window was private and romantic.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We were a bit disappointed with this restaurant, mainly because of the slow service. The waiters stood around a lot and did not pay attention. There was a problem with one of the ovens in the kitchen that evening, so we knew the food was going to take a while. But it took about 20 minutes until our drinks arrived.... More 

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Weybridge
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Amazing steak . Ate here 3 nights in a row. Wonderful location and good wine too ! We loved this restaurant for the food, wine and watching the amazing sunsets

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auckland
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Had three dishes of tapas, chicken (2) for $10, pulled pork $11, beef slider$14. Overpriced for what you received, only two items per dish served in a different way usually sliders are a small burger bun. Wine $9 per glass. Wouldn't go back better places in Russell to dine.

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Christchurch New Zealand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Wide choice of tapas very tasty good service and staff. Great location on the waterfront relaxing in the evening people watching as well as water based activities.

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Maungatapere, null, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The service was excellent and the food to die for, I had the eye fillet and it was beautiful. The wine list was good and seemed well thought out and the beers on tap were a little different to the normal fare offered.

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St Kilda East, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was not my first trip to Russell but it was my first visit to The Wharf. To start, my partner had to ask to be served at the bar while the staff stood around and chatted amongst themselves. Once we eventually got our food, we could not have been more disappointed. Very over priced considering the quality of food... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our waitress was SO lovely and helpful and our entree was very yummy and reasonably priced, but when our $36 main meal came out we were in utter disbelief over the small size of it. It sounded so extravagant on paper and we believed that the size and taste would match the price, but not so much. I'd maybe pay... More 

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Luxembourg
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is one of the most delicious and entertaining meals I have ever had in a restaurant, I cannot recommend this place highly enough! It might not look very special at all, but do sit down at one of their beachside tables, enjoy the view and tuck into some of the yummiest food ever! We started with about 6-8 tapas,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: 09 403 7771

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 24
  • Cuisine: New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?