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Waterfront Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here as soon as we arrived after a long drive to Bay of Islands. Sunny spot - eating seafood platters- and watching world go by. We went twice. Parking too so handy as often busy on road parking.

Thank AJB78
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely relaxing breakfast on New Year's Day sitting right on the waterfront. Great Eggs Benedict. Lovely friendly service. Coffee could be a whole lot stronger though!

Thank blossombubs
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well positioned restaurant living up to its name with outside, under canvas dining. Service was friendly and good, food best so far in Paihia (4 restaurants tried), with cross section of plates soup, scallops, lamb, steak, snapper all goofed to order and we'll presented. Fairly priced.

Thank Tykedownunder
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154 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a cappuccino and cake with my husband and son. Not impressed with my cappuccino, no flavour, tasted more milky than anything. The blueberry and almond tart would have been improved by a dollop of cream on the side. Cost included 15% holiday surcharge, not worth it.

Thank Bron R
Rodney M, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments, I have taken them on board and spoken to staff. We pride ourselves on our coffee and it is normally hot and strong, however occasionally under pressure, standards can slip. What you should have done was bring the coffee back at the time and we would have been more than happy to make you another. As... More 

Cornwall, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

What a find!! - we fell upon this restaurant quite by chance and enjoyed a superb lunch - the waiter was uber friendly and very entertaining - keep up the good work boys !!

Thank cornishbird2016
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

Lovely large and generous servings of tea. White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake was amazing. Mum and aunt had the carrot cake which was fantastic. Lovely view. Comfy plastic chairs. Seats right near the beach where you can watch the boats come and go. Really friendly table service. So lovely. Thank you

Thank Cathball1979
Brisbane, Australia
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119 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

This is a delightful restaurant, we did have some trouble with my gluten free status with the waitress but it was all right in the end. We did need to hurry them a little so that we could catch the ferry. They were very obliging when we explained.

Thank Dianne R
Northlew, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Yes, as we got off the ferry the skies opened. We dived into the Waterfront Bar and placed our lunch order. The staff are lovely, the atmosphere relaxed and when the Daily Special was no longer available, the chef himself came out to discuss the options. Real kiwi hospitality at its finest ( lunch wasn't bad either!)

Thank Holly D
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147 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Ok so it's not posh and could do with a makeover and the staff were busy with nothing special to contribute but it was good food served without delay in an amazing location and at a great price.

Thank thereandbackagainNZ
Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

We were part of a large group which grew even bigger as the morning progressed. Staff were most accommodating and happily rearranged tables for the group. Nice eggs on toast, with mushrooms added (YUM). Thanks!

Thank family4ofus

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $14
Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7589
Licensed cafe right on the waterfront at Russell, Bay of Islands. Sheltered courtyard at rear when the wind is off the water. Great breakfasts and superb Atomic coffee, new exciting lunch options as well. Plenty of gluten free options available. Come and enjoy the view with a cold beer or glass of wine. WiFi available.

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