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Waterfront Cafe

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Cafe, 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, Brunch, Lunch
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
short day trip

Classy expensive restaurant but worth it for the view over the harbour, imagine it would be very busy in the summer, we were there in winter so nobody there. food was excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Maureen W
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Ingersoll, Canada
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  • Local cuisine
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Ingersoll, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Classy expensive restaurant but worth it for the view over the harbour, imagine it would be very busy in the summer, we were there in winter so nobody there. food was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Had the pumpkin soup and 3 item panini. Reasonably priced, good service. Nice views of the harbor. Saved room for dessert!

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Krabi Town, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After wandering round little Russell in winter your limited for food options as many places are closed for the winter season. I had the gourmet falafel wrap which in itself was delicious. The plate looked pretty dressed with sauce and seed sprinkles but some of the seeds were like putting grit in the mouth! I guess some over toasting had... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great breakfast and coffee on the waterfront. Nice management and staff. An excellent experience all round Highly recommended

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

35 minutes wait for two breakfast meals and a bowl of chips is a bit of a joke. It was pretty quiet and I can't imagine this place working if it was actually full. Couldn't they bring us at least the bowl of chips while we were waiting?

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We stopped at the café for lunch. The welcome, coffees & toasties were all wonderful. Friendly staff, great location. A great start to our day in Russell.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We breakfasted here and the meal was ok, with eggs to order and sides. Manager very friendly and provided helpful service. Coffee here is good

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Shellharbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I stopped at the cafe for lunch on my day trip over from Paihia. I ordered a coffee and the seafood chowder. Both were excellent. The service was top notch and very friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We've been staying in Russell for a few weeks and this cafe would be one of the best. The food is nice, the food is great and the staff are really nice. It was awesome views out the front or a courtyard out the back with some sun which is really nice. Couldn't recommend any higher.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We perused all the open establishments yesterday (Sunday 7th April) in the Russell town centre in search of the best breakfast. We circled back to the Waterfront Cafe which was reasonably busy given the season and cool morning. I didn't have high hopes (being a bit of a breakfast snob) but was most pleasantly surprised. The coffee was excellent (Atomic),... 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 3 - 13
  • Cuisine: Cafe, 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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