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Waterfront Cafe

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23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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Good for:
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best pies of NZ !!!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Sohoby
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Russell, New Zealand
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  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Russell, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Good quality food and portion sizes, at a reasonable price. Friendly helpful staff, good coffee. Situated on the waterfront with wonderful views overlooking the water and wharf. We like that you can choose to sit outside right on the waters edge, inside or out in the courtyard at the rear of the café. This seating gets beautiful morning sun, a... More 

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wales
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116 reviews 116 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

the scones as mentioned in other reviews are savoury and fantastic( pesto added to the cheese and onion with black pepper). The gourmet wraps are amazing and filling. The Chips were almost the best ever- crispy, floury potato and not greasy. Speedy service and friendly. Great coffee. Good for breakfast and lunch.

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Bucks
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We enjoyed a very pleasant evening and the menu had a good selection both of food and wine. The tables were pushed quite close togehter so not the place for an intimate evening! The service was efficient and good and we really enjoyed the food.

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Concord, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My favorite thing to do in Russell is sit outside and sip a perfectly made coffee. The food is great too. Just watch out for the seagulls that might steal your food.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

I had delicious scrambled eggs on toast, that were perfectly cooked. My partner had a burger that looked great and he said it was really good. The device was very friendly and polite. There was free Wi-fi also. A perfect place to enjoy the water, either sitting in the cafe or at the tables across the road.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Went here for lunch with close friends and family. The Gourmet Falafel Wrap ($14) was recommended to me so I gave it a go. It was absolutely divine, I pretty much wolfed it. Even ate some of my sisters.... Portion size matched the price which was awesome, and the outdoor courtyard out the back was superb for quiet eating with... More 

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San Francisco, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Frankly, breakfast in Russell can be less than memorable. We ended up scoping a few places along the Strand and fortunately found this, corralling a couple of outdoor tables next to the beach. The menu looked OK, so why not enjoy the seating and find out? You walk inside to the back to order and pay for your food, which... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Good food and coffee at a reasonable price. Good and friendly service. Pleasant outside seating right on the beach.

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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 - 15
  • Cuisine: Café, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?