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Waterfront Cafe

23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Ranked #9 of 18 Restaurants in Russell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Whangarei, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

So many places to choose from along the waterfront, glad we picked this one. Excellent hot chocolate & coffee, and we got to drink it in comfort overlooking the water. Enjoyed it so much we went back for lunch - a huge plate of nacho's with bacon, cheese and sour cream. Found the staff very friendly and welcoming.

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Auckland, New Zealand
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We went for breakfast, the coffee was amazing. The seating was poor. Nothing free out the front, the inside had a few spare tables but the stench from 'something/someone' inside put us off, so we sat out the back wth the recycling bins & a messy garden. But hey, the coffee was amazing.

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Long Beach, California
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed traditional eggs and sausage, bacon with hash browns. Friendly and prompt service. Minimal amount of free wi-fi, would have been better to have more time.

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Rodney M, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed your breakfast with us. As for the WiFi we normally give out 50mb per user which is generally adequate for checking email and browsing the internet etc. However all you need to is ask and we will provide additional access codes if you need more time. We are one of the few eating places in Russell... More 

Russell, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Unfriendly staff. Bitter coffee, I choose to go anywhere I town but here. This is my last choice...breakfasts overcooked, or unappetising in appearance.

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Rodney M, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

This was a disappointing and surprising review of our business. When we read other reviews or listen to our customers comments on a daily basis, we know that we serve the best coffee in Russell, pride ourselves on friendly customer service, and place a great importance on the quality of our food. Our new chef Nicole is doing a great... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We always visit this little café when in Russell. They have a great selection of breakfast type meals on the board and will serve these at any time of the day, plus a selection of food in the cold cabinet plus drinks hot & cold. The 'big breakfast' fills our two 'big' family members up. Our kids love the iced... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I live in Paihia but work in Russell. I often go to the Waterfront cafe for breakfast with a friend of mine. Service is always friendly and Nicole even got English muffins in for me to go with my Eggs Benadict. I often pop in for lunch or even a piece of homemade cheesecake

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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184 reviews 184 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A good place to start the day before a cruise or other activities. Extensive breakfast menu with many kid-sized options. Savoury scones are great for morning tea or as a takeaway snack. Good coffee & free wifi, with outdoor seating right on the beach - what more could you want on a sunny day?

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Great effrot went in to the coffee and it tasted great. The food looked great and menu was all fresh food. Will go back for lunch

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We had our lunch here, sitting under a pohutukawa tree, looking out over the bay, it could not be bettered. Stunning actually. The food was delicious, service friendly and timely, wine list is substantial, no pressure to vacate our table and our dog could sit there with us. Beautiful setting, great food.

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went over on the vehicle ferry from Opua to Russell and then had breakfast at this cafe before driving down the scenic coastal road on the way home. The food was delicious, the setting beautiful and we'll definitely be back if we're ever up that way again.

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Additional Information about Waterfront Cafe

Address: 23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-403 7589
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
Average Prices: USD 4 - 15
Cuisine: Café, New Zealand

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