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The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar

) #14 of 20 Restaurants in Russell $$ - $$$ , European, Gluten Free Options
Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7771
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“seafood” (13 reviews)
“nachos” (3 reviews)
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New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
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111 - 120 of 277 reviews

Reviewed January 4, 2015

The service was a real let down here. The staff did not come and take our order for around 30 minutes; after clearing our plates we had to wait another 30 minutes, before we finally had to call over the waitress to ask for dessert...More

Thank FraserKillip
Reviewed January 3, 2015

Recently visited and had the tapas menu, food was great. Served by florent who gave great service and was very attentive. Would definitely recommend to friends.

Thank Amyswanna
Reviewed January 1, 2015

Seems like the tonic in Russell is wait staff without training. The Wharfs food was OK but the bad service detracted from the food.

Thank JamesinSeville
Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Grabbed two beers and sat inside (all the outdoor tables were reserved but completely open for at least an hour which seemed silly)..15% surcharge during holiday weekends, but happy hour from 3-6pm

Thank chrisaze
Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Great location and very nice food quality. U have to try their gamefish hot stone. Very good service and premium location

Thank Marwan83
Reviewed December 29, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely meal at this restaurant on our first night in Russell. Staff were friendly - gave good advice on food and drink and we enjoyed a lovely meal in a fantastic setting. Sadly could not fit in dessert. Next time!

Thank aquablue21
Reviewed December 28, 2014

The sate sticks - beef, chicken and prawn (or a combination of whichever you prefer) come out on a hot rock which you sear to your tastes.... absolutely fantastic!

Thank Zoe5769
Reviewed December 25, 2014

Really enjoyed the staff, food and location. I would eat here over all others in Russell. We got to try 4 dishes and 2 desserts and would definitely come back when in Russell.

Thank MBird231
Reviewed December 13, 2014

What a lovely decorated restaurant. Warm welcome and unbelievably tasty food. Every dish, spot on. Will be going again! It's my new favourite place to eat and drink in Russell! Live music would be a bonus and good competition for The Duke.

Thank Charlotte J
Reviewed December 4, 2014

To most people who are familiar with the Spanish concept of "Tapas", the expectation is of small dishes meant for sharing. The Tapas at this restaurant might be shared by a small family of Hobbits, but it cost three humans $111.00 to move from "peckish"...More

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thewharfrussell, Owner at The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2014

Le Suilon "Wishes"! Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn. Thanks for your comedic Middle Earth review, you nailed it. TripAdvisor is awesome, we can write whatever you want disregarding of fact. Our turn ;P A tale.... "The Hobbit - Up the Mordor without a Staff...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$16 - $24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
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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