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“If you're hungry...this will do” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Waterfront Restaurant & Bar

Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
48 Marsden Road, Paihia, New Zealand (Formerly Swiss Cafe & Grill)
+64 9-402 6701
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Ranked #6 of 43 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: $15 - $23
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY 11.30AM TILL 2PM & 5PM TILL LATE Waterfront Restaurant & Bar is located in central Paihia with views overlooking Russell, with our large al fresco area. Relax & unwind with local wines, seafood & prime beef while watching the sunset over the yachts in the bay.
HK
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“If you're hungry...this will do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This is a small cozy restaurant, with few tables indoor and a rather generous porch with outside seating. The kitchen is tiny and probably right-sized for the small community in Paihia.

A couple of key observations:

-bread basket had to be ordered and paid for...evidently bread is not complimentary here!
-the garlic butter that came with the bread is the same that you would find slathered on grilled garlic bread, except in this case the butter is cold mixed and tastes...different
-ordered two dishes, one of which came out to be the wrong dish
-wine was nice, thanks to the quality of NZ wines
-paper napkins rather than cloth

The service was pleasant enough.

I would recommend taking advantage of the outdoor ambience because the food while standard is nothing to write home about and you can use every bit of advantage to enjoy your stay at this restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Paihia, New Zealand
1 review
“Birthday Night at The Waterfront!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Myself and a group of 8 other girls visited this restaurant for my birthday meal, everybody's meal and drinks came as ordered and we all thought the food and service was fantastic. I especially liked the nice big wedge of cake with candles and a "Happy Birthday" song that came after the meal! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Paihia, we all live local in Paihia and I will most definitely be going back, Thanks for helping to make my Birthday so special!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

we had an ok meal here. i had the lamb shanks. friend had the steak. all average. would be lovely to sit out during daylight with the view. night time was still nice as you could hear the crashing waves. nothing to rave about.

Visited April 2013
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Food Food Glorious Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Having been to this restaurant when it was known by another name two years ago we revisited and we were not disappointed. Excellent once again, staff still the same, ver friendly and excellent servive

Visited April 2013
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Russell
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Just as good second time round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This place has it all, great location, great feel, awesome food, friendly staff and to boot reasonably priced. If your in the area this is a must to do and we are locals and will defiantly go again!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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