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The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar

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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
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 104
    Excellent
  • 63
    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
enjoyable

Enjoyed two meals here recently, one at lunchtime sitting on the front watching the comings and goings on the wharf. Very tasty tapas. Evening meal also very good,for casual dining

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
mwbpab
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Naples
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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214 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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 NEW

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 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
Senior Reviewer
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Olympia, Washington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

My family of 7 adults was staying in Russell for the night and were so fortunate to stumble upon this place for dinner. It was fairly busy but the staff quickly accommodated us. We were treated to multiple rounds of wonderfully tasty tapas and the most beautiful sunset at the end of our table. Very reasonable, I would have been... More 

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Naples
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Enjoyed two meals here recently, one at lunchtime sitting on the front watching the comings and goings on the wharf. Very tasty tapas. Evening meal also very good,for casual dining

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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: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?