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Waterfront Cafe

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Coffee Shop, Seafood, New Zealand
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23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Coffee & Tea
Description: Licensed cafe right on the waterfront at Russell, Bay of Islands...
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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  • 11
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  • 3
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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 of 5 stars
Plenty of places to sit.

We visited here on Mother's Day, so it was relatively busy, and all the tables out by the waters edge were occupied. But no worries there is actually a lovely seated area out the back, so you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and peace and quite. Perfect. This was only morning tea, but the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Mangonui, New Zealand
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  • Local cuisine
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Mangonui, New Zealand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We visited here on Mother's Day, so it was relatively busy, and all the tables out by the waters edge were occupied. But no worries there is actually a lovely seated area out the back, so you can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and peace and quite. Perfect. This was only morning tea, but the Mocha's were beautifully presented... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I had, seriously, the best mocha I've ever had. We sat outside right by the beach, awesome scenery and fab coffee.

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Cardiff, Wales
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107 restaurant reviews
261 helpful votes 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Russell has a catholic history, initially as a Maori Pa, and then as a whaling and trading port. On the day of our visit, on one of those glorious days we spent in the Bay of Islands, we crossed on one of the reliable ferries from Pahia that make the crossing every 20 minutes, and decided to breakfast before exploring... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Lovey cafe right on the bay.Tables set up outside to take in the amazing view of the bay, but also nice atmosphere inside. Very friendly staff. We had the the best hamburger ever and coffe was of excellent quality. A really nice place to chill and watch life go by.

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Popped in for coffee and the most beautiful cakes and good coffee on arrival in Russell. Cafe always seemed busy during our 4 day stay with both visitors and regulars.

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Townsville, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great breakfast venue, peaceful spectacular waterfront aspect. Free range orange yellow yolked eggs. Mmmmmm coffee and yummy toast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We (family of four, son 8, daughter 7) went there on two occasions. The first was for lunch and the second time breakfast. It's located on the Strand were you can watch the world go by and enjoy what Russell has to offer. The food was well priced and matched the portion size. Both our meals were lovely. It was... More 

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Western Norway, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There are several cafes/restaurants along the seaside in Russel, but we chose Waterfront Cafe and were pleased. We were served at one of the tables along the "beach". The place was popular and we had to wait a while to get a table outdoor. Our food and drinks were good and right priced (not too expensive). A nice place to... More 

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Russell, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We had one pie first and then had to go for the other as well. They are homemade and very delicious. Service is excellent.

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AlbanyWA
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Give yourself a treat and stay the afternoon in Russell. We did the Hole in the Rock tour and you can hope off the ferry and stay in Russell for the afternoon and get a free ticket back to Paihai later in the day. Visit the waterfront cafe for amazing coffee and view to the Bay of Islands. Rocky beach... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7589

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 14
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Seafood, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?