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Waterfront Cafe

23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Ranked #10 of 17 Restaurants in Russell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $4 - $14
Cuisines: Café, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
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
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Snug and warm place to have a coffee break. Coffee was fantastic. We had to be somewhat enclosed from the wind because as the name suggests - it's on the waterfront and very scenic!

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We came in from the islands for supplies and to have lunch and found this little place. They had a good range and good options for children. We sat out in the sun on the waterfront and it was lovely.

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Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

If the locals recommend it, its got to be good, well worth a quick visit, food, delicious. Coffee, fantastic. Service, very inviting. All the plus's. Thank you.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Stopped in After a long walk round Russell, had an amazing lunch, reasonably priced. Recommend everyone to try the Spanish Prawns or nachos.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Great food and beautiful coffee, perhaps some of the best coffees we had on our trip. Staff were friendly and the food came out relatively fast. Decor is a bit out dated but seemed very popular and was busy not long after we arrived.

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Broadbeach, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Cappuccino was perfectly presented and absolutely delicious....one of the best I have ever had. Seated at a small table under the shady trees on the waterfront made it a perfect morning setting on a sunny day.

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Russell, New Zealand
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is also a nice place to eat breakfast or lunch. They have a courtyard out the back to sit in if it is to windy on the beach. only thing i didnt like was the tables are seated on the road. cars travel very close to the diners. Also the seagulls were a problem, but ion a good clear... More 

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Russell Bay of Islands New Zealand
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Am a regular customer and can confirm high standard of coffees and great cafe food. All the standards , nachos, pancakes,all day brekkies etc and home made pies. Cabinet food a bit nondescript.

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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 - 14
Cuisine: Café, New Zealand

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