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sally's restaurant

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25 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
(09) 403 7652
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Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice lunch outside

We had a late afternoon lunch and had it served outside. Food was generous and tasty. The location and views from the table made the stop worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
James G
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Portland, Oregon
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  • Local cuisine
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Portland, Oregon
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We had a late afternoon lunch and had it served outside. Food was generous and tasty. The location and views from the table made the stop worth it.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Expected more with this cafe classic... than two pieces of thin-slice white sandwich bread, under toasted and containing a mere sprinkling of filling. I would have at least liked the option of grain bread for starters and more melty and moreish.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had lunch at Sally's in Autumn 2013 and enjoyed the experience so as we had a visitor this month we decided to take them to Russell and have lunch there again. Sadly the experience this time was not good. The seafood chowder tasted good but apart from a couple of prawns and a solitary piece of mussel meat there... More 

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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107 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Having only booked the night before we were not expecting the sea view table we got, But what a sunset view!! Wonderful food, very well priced wine and lovely staff make this a place you want to return to. Shame its over 12,000 miles away from where we live.

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We had dinner outside in the brick courtyard with a view across the water to Pahia. I had the seafood chowder which was packed with seafood and delicious followed by another entree of scallops which were also wonderful. The staff were very attentive and helpful and many speak other languages to help diners who do not understand the menu. My... More 

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Perth, Australia
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21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

I know many people recommend an evening meal at Sally's but for us it was a great lunch spot on the bay looking back to Paihia and we thoroughly enjoyed our F&C. It is close to the Paihia passenger ferry jetty (as are most things in Russell) but we took the car over from Opua and explored a bit around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The food in this restaurant is excellent, fresh food, which is not over-engineered. Th scallops were superb. But also excellent was the snapper served with baked potatoes and broccoli and other vegetables. The service was cheery and very efficient. Highly recommended.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We had miss judged our arrival into Russell, we were starving and finding a place to eat at 9.15pm was a bit tricky but the girls welcomed us in gave a just vacated table with a beautiful harbor view. The food was gorgeous, the banter from other dinners was fun, the staff lovely. We felt bad coming in so late... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I booked this up well in advance of our Easter weekend based on the other reviews. It's located on the waterfront so you can watch the world go by and the sunset. It's one of the three bigger restaurants so it's busy, you need to get there by 6pm if you want a table and to watch the sunset. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Had a nice lunch on a rainy day, not too expensive. Service was a but slow but nice staff, good portion on the plates.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 25 The Strand, Russell 0255, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: (09) 403 7652

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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