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Waterfront Cafe

23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Ranked #8 of 16 restaurants in Russell
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Café, New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Licensed cafe right on the waterfront at Russell, Bay of Islands. Sheltered courtyard at rear when the wind is off the water. Great breakfasts and superb Atomic coffee, new exciting lunch options as well. Plenty of gluten free options available. Come and enjoy the view with a cold beer or glass of wine. WiFi available.
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Russell Bay of Islands New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Am a regular customer and can confirm high standard of coffees and great cafe food. All the standards , nachos, pancakes,all day brekkies etc and home made pies. Cabinet food a bit nondescript.

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Victoria, Australia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This was the only place open for breakfast, so we decided to give it a go. It was a glorious morning so we chose an outside table right on the waterfront. We each had pancakes with banana and they were very nice with the banana actually cooked into the pancakes rather than served on them. The serving size was generous.... More

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Managed to get a window front table with great views across the water. It was busy and buzzy but the staff were efficient and friendly and we didn't wait very long for our food. I enjoyed my big dish of mussels - shame the chowder had run out. Free Wifi for thirty minutes, what more could you want?

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We had the poached eggs on toast with coffee. Could do without the vinegar taste from the water used to poach the eggs. Huge selection of food to choose from.

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Carlisle, Cumbria.
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Right on the waterfront in Russell this cafe provides a wide choice of breakfast options and snacks. Nothing fancy, plain and simple individually made and well presented by friendly staff.

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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We had breakfast at Waterfront Café where we had a variety of foods which were very reasonably priced. We found the staff very friendly. The quantities were generous. It was a good place to meet friends in the morning. The views over the water are lovely and one can look at the boats.

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North Shore City, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Came to Russell from Paihia on the ferry for a leisurely stroll. Stopped on the waterfront at this cafe, as we were in need of refreshments. We both chose trim lattes, and my husband settled for a date scone and I had the cherry and citrus tart. Excellent choices for both of us. We are really quite particular about the... More

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Kailua, Hawaii
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

My favorite was the Eggs Benedict - salmon or bacon. I had that every morning that I had breakfast there. The best Latte in town!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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96 reviews 96 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

We visited for morning coffee (one of our group had a big breakfast). Five of us went back for lunch. Coffee drinkers said that their drinks were great. I had tea. The big breakfast was highly rated. So were the wrap, the omelette, and lamb burger. I had a very good, Boston style, seafood chowder with smoked local fish and... More

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Witham, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Great stop on Russell to see this beautiful , remote village, opposite Paihia. What a lovely café to sit & watch the world go by

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