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The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar

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Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7771
9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought coffee to take away every day from this cafe and it was very good. In the evening they serve cocktails and there is a steady stream of customers eating in all day.

Thank Trish N
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Great venue all tables provided sun umbrellas which was awesome. Service was very friendly thou more staff needed as 1 server at the bar and at times the bar was quiet busy, but always received a smile.

Thank lovetodin
Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

I'm going to try to be balanced about this place because there's a lot to like about it. On a positive note, the meals we did eventually receive were awesome. The House Fish N Chips was fab. Gurnard, cooked and presented beautifully but apparently it was a local fish called 'Gurdan' and this is where the problems just got worse.... More 

Thank DeneTucker
Sydney, Australia
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176 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

Soup on menu but not available. Ordered chicken sandwich & were told no Brie ! Menu is not extensive so cannot understand how they could be short ingredients. We heard the gentleman next to us complaining about his fish & chips and understood why when ours arrived. No taste at all. The view is to die for but food lacking... More 

Thank hourdy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

They were very busy but didn't warn us our muffins which were sitting on the counter would take well over 20 min to get to us. Grandson got his smoothie then 10min later we got teas and coffees but by then we were over waiting for the muffins so cancelled that order. Staff seemed confused Coffees were average. Tea cup... More 

Thank Barbara S
Melbourne, Australia
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181 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

A great outlook over the water serving great eggs for breakfast. Also serves a good coffee & smoothies. The property has protection from the wind and sun by offering inside seating. There is also a nice garden setting too. The staff were very warm, welcoming & the service was prompt. At the time we were there, this property was up... More 

Thank sharonbaby
Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We had a problem with just ordering coffees, on three occasions we changed the coffee we ordered. But the food looked OK

Thank Bubbles10024370
Paihia, New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Great service with a perfectly cooked breakfast. The mango smoothie was delicious. Decor is much brighter now.

Thank Jazz168
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We were served our meals consecutively so that we all ate alone, the last meal we had to ask for it was so slow. There were 1-2 other tables busy and already served so not due to being over loaded . The meals were not great very average,basic issues dry hot cakes,cold food. Customer service poor . Appeared not to... More 

Thank Joanne S
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

We loved the breakfast here so much we went back several times. We also had a drink there in the afternoon and it was great for sitting outside.

Thank Anna v

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $24
New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7771

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?