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Waterfront Cafe

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23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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142 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 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 17 October 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
Whangarei, New Zealand
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

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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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 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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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

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

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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
US$ 4 - US$ 14
Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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?