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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-387 4539
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Yes it is funky Yes it has amazing views Yea the cabinet food looks good But looks are not reality, the food is average on more than one occasion i have been served par cooked bavon.... Really how hard is it to greah cook? Staff can be hit and miss Its worth coming in for a coffee and to ticket... More 

1 Thank Brett H
Christchurch, New Zealand
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The popularity of Maranui is underscored by the seemingly endless turnover of people. A visit here is casino-like so stack the odds in your favor and visit at a likely quieter time. Table turnover is reasonably quick but if the queue reaches the street I'd pass. The food is delightful. My Mexican take on a small portion of local fish... More 

Thank stuY58
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this cafe and usually have breakfast three days a week when in Wellington. It has fantastic views south and on a real neighbourhood beach. The menu is what I would describe as inspired kiwiana as is the decor. The coffee is usually excellent - it has to be to survive in the competitive world of Wellington coffee. Try... More 

1 Thank cawdorMarlborough
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been coming to here for many years, and as a vegetarian there are many delicious options that can also be made vegan! My favourite is the breaker bay beans without the chorizo, (and without sour cream for vegan), the vegetarian breakfast or the Maranui magic mushrooms. They also do great coffee with soy and almond milk!

Thank Elise K
New Zealand
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282 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in for Sunday brunch - arriving just ahead of the rush. Waited 5 or so mins for a table and were warned that the kitchen delay was about 40 mins - which it was. But it was worth the wait. Tasty, fresh, well presented food. Good, friendly service. Nice ambience and views. Later discovered 2% surcharge on our bill... More 

Thank CactusRose
Chicago, Illinois
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Maranui Cafe is a Wellington iconic cafe, a must visit when you are in Welly. Located right on Lyall Bay above the legendary Maranui Surf Lifesaving club and it is home to beach goers and the locals. This place has been packed every time I've visited so plan accordingly. We ordered several different items from the breakfast menu. My... More 

Thank alchemy00
Wellington, New Zealand
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's the best. Great atmosphere. Great service. Great location. Great food. I come to this cafe all the time and it's always excellent. It's a mainstay of the Wellington food scene.

Thank deb075
Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a place! Really nice surf club feel with a beach view. Got the beans and they were fantastic. Reasonably priced and the coffee is good... highly recommended!

Thank M2382VGtimb
Wellington, New Zealand
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing beach, views, delicious salads, brunch and kids friendly. Varieties of delicious food to suit everyone.

Thank Leon1506
Wellington, New Zealand
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Maranui just before lunchtime, between Christmas and New Year. We knew it was going to be busy, but were keen to see if we could get in. The place was full when we arrived, with a small queue waiting ahead of us. The staff greeted us, and gave us a good indication of how long we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-387 4539

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?