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Waterfront Cafe

23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Ranked #7 of 17 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
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Contributor
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
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3 reviews 3 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Victoria, Australia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This was the only place open for breakfast, so we decided to give it a go. It was a glorious morning so we chose an outside table right on the waterfront. We each had pancakes with banana and they were very nice with the banana actually cooked into the pancakes rather than served on them. The serving size was generous.... More

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Managed to get a window front table with great views across the water. It was busy and buzzy but the staff were efficient and friendly and we didn't wait very long for our food. I enjoyed my big dish of mussels - shame the chowder had run out. Free Wifi for thirty minutes, what more could you want?

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We had the poached eggs on toast with coffee. Could do without the vinegar taste from the water used to poach the eggs. Huge selection of food to choose from.

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Carlisle, Cumbria.
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Right on the waterfront in Russell this cafe provides a wide choice of breakfast options and snacks. Nothing fancy, plain and simple individually made and well presented by friendly staff.

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