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Waterfront Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood
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23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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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 6 days ago NEW

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
Whangarei, New Zealand
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed! A most helpful staff prepared a simple but absolutely fresh salad with falafels very late in the day, for which I was most grateful. Lovely muffin and coffee too. Excellent service, friendly staff and very good value. I'll come again.

1 Thank AnnH777
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great breakfasts and ,brunch / lunch options Good quality ingredients ,well cooked ,very consistent ,good prices ,service fabulous

1 Thank Joanne S
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little cafe to eat breakfast in although during winter months closes at 4 ish, I'm sure in summer would or should be open longer. Sat outside on waterfront which was a bonus as would be tight fit inside with only a handful of tables.

Thank debbiedale1361
Foz do Iguaçu, Parana, Brazil
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant has so many options that its hard to pick just one. Everything seems fantastic! The staff is great, very nice. The location is amazing, in front of the ocean. Only thing I didnt like: the coffee. It seemed burned.

Thank Catarina N
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Waterfront Café twice during our visit to the Bay of Islands. We had a delicious lunch of soup and toasted sandwiches - the coffee was super. We returned for morning tea - enjoying a mini carrot cake and more coffee. We sat at a table on the enclosed veranda both times - perfect on a breezy winter's day... More 

Thank GrannyG45
Whangarei, New Zealand
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171 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Located right on the waters edge you can sit inside or choose to sit alongside water and enjoy the fantastic views. Situated about a minutes walk from the foot ferry and shops, the staff are friendly & helpful and the coffee is good.

Thank Bernard R
Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Awesome coffee, nice lady, choice of seating, neat location. Breaky was okay. I get a bit stuck anyway at most places because I am dairy free so that doesn't help.

Thank bronimc
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful service.. chicken and mushroom pies to die for. Lovely coffee. Outstanding views. Highly recommend this week place.

Thank Keren C
Auckland, New Zealand
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153 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Lunch here was a panini with spinach, chicken and tomato filling and a latte. The panini was average and the latte was good. Perhaps I should have asked for cheese instead of tomato. Nice to sit on the verandah undercover and be sheltered from the elements and still be able to enjoy the views over the water and to the... More 

Thank Superwoman888

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?