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Swordfish Club Bistro

$$ - $$$, , Seafood
25 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7857
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“swordfish” (5 reviews)
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Bar, New Zealand, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
25 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place had potential, being right on the waterfront and having so much history. However it was very average -a very unenthusiastic waitress with a menu where they ran out of half of the stuff we ordered (one of the main was unavailable but we...More

Thank travelyun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been travelling NZ for 2 weeks and this is the best steak I have had. highly recommend this hidden treasure

Thank apella2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The steak with bernaise sauce was delicious, the service informal and friendly, and the setting amazing. Definitely recommended

Thank Jane M
Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for a sundowner on the balcony overlooking the bay. No fishing required! The people are very friendly and you can sign in for the day. The food, such as fish goujons is generously portioned, and good for sharing. The branded...More

Thank nick w
Reviewed August 27, 2017

Took a seat on the balcony to watch the sun go down- good place for afternoon drinks. Seafood Chowder was good but the platter for two was average

Thank Ken S
Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here on Saturday, along with approximately 50 other family and friends. They organised a set menu for us to choose from in advance, which made it easier. They had no problems with a few of us choosing from their kids selection, as...More

Thank mmhaylock
Reviewed August 3, 2017

We arrived back from a full on day visiting 90 mile beach and were hailed from the balcony by a group of Lions fans - so we went up to the club bistro which had been opened up especially for them. We were warmly welcomed...More

Thank ElizzabethSussex
Reviewed July 31, 2017

The fire was stoked up on a chilly winters night and really appreciated. Good service and we felt comfortable. We shared the calamari, then both enjoyed a lamb shank as a main. Good wholesome food but wasn't a cheap meal even though it was in...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Arrive an hour before sunset have some entrees and cold ( beer glasses out of the chiller ) drinks , Sit back on the verandah and watch the people walk by ,the boats floating about and the birds flying around, then the main attraction Sunset...More

Thank Rodney C
Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

Head up the stairs to the club, u don't have to be a member just sign in and away u go. The waterfront location is spectacular u can either sit inside or on the balcony. The drinks are reasonably priced with a good selection. The...More

Thank Gingerules
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October 20, 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, New Zealand, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7857
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