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“Consistently good”

The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #15 of 23 Restaurants in Russell
Price range: $16 - $24
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
Reviewed March 19, 2010

The service is excellent, at very busy times on some early week days understandably you may have to wait a short while. Wonderful views, prices a little higher than some but justified by the ambience and higher overheads of running an operation of this kind. Food above average for a tourist town. Like nearly all restaurants in Russell that have felt it necessary in recent years to indulge in loudspeakers (why??) the choice of music is subjective and cannot therefore ever please all the customers thereby guaranteeing to annoy some. However, don't let this put you off, there are plenty of outside tables away from most of the musak and you will have a very enjoyable time.

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Somerset, UK
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Stunning setting and excellent food.”
Reviewed March 15, 2010

We ate here on a Monday evening late in the season. We booked for 7pm and were the only couple in the restaurant initially. But more arrived and it peaked at about 16 people. Despite this the waitress was friendly and efficient, the food excellent, and the service very good. It wasn't the restaurant's fault that it was a grey, cool evening, but the view across the water from our table still provided lots to look at.

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San Rafael
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Sunset bliss”
Reviewed March 7, 2010

We are so glad that we took the ferry from Paihia to Russell to enjoy the lovely sunset views from Kamakura. Our food was delicious with fresh local ingredients. Service was attentive and efficient. We asked to eat outside and were seated right next to the beach. This was our last dinner in NZ and a memorable one.

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Tunbridge Wells
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Belgian Chocolate dream really was a dream”
Reviewed December 24, 2009

Lovely waterfront restaurant. Lovely menu, lots of fresh fish and oysters which appealed to my husband. I can not eat fish, but there were also lamb, beef, chicken and venison dishes as well. I had a duck salad starter with some chips which was very nice. My husband had the fish of the day which was blue nose. For dessert I had the belgian chocolate dream, which is a chocolate fondant with cream and raspberry sorbet. It was delicious. Lovely had hot and gooey in the middle, yum.

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Thank VJFS
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Blenheim
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“This restaurant was the highlight of our week!”
Reviewed September 13, 2009

This place made our holiday. We were in Russell just three days and ate two evening meals and a lunch here as it was SOoooooo good! The restaurant is right on the Russell waterfront and if you book ask for seats overlooking the bay. When the sun sets the picture out there is amazing and my husband spent time between courses photographing the evolving sunset!

The food is amazing - they do wonderful fish and we had a lovely gamefish with curried mussel broth (hapuka) but also their pork fillet with macadamia and limoncello was outstanding too. And the creme brulee with apple and cinnamon doughnuts is to die for! Wish we lived in Russell just so we could go there every week. For three courses it cost us about $60 without drinks and was well worth every cent.

Service was perfect too - we can't rate it more highly. Well done Kamakura! We will be back.....

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Thank Tulip391
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