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Waterfront Cafe

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Café, New Zealand
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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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  • 38
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  • 50
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  • 11
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  • 3
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  • 1
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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
Great view, great food

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Deborah M
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Sydney, Australia
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  • Local cuisine
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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94 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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121 reviews 121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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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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