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Waterfront Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Cafe, , Gluten Free Options
23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“falafel wrap” (4 reviews)
“hash browns” (5 reviews)
“pies” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

After walking from Opua to Russell on a Monday The Waterfront Cafe was the only place open for lunch, so congratulations on being out there. Lovely setting with excellent seaviews, you can also sit out the back. Basic set up but the food was amazing...More

Thank getdihere
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We have only had coffee in this restaurant but I must say it was excellent. We sat outside under the trees and beside the water. Fabulous view. Nowhere better in thenworld.

Thank Prijon
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great lunch here at Russell with a cafe that serves not only good food and coffee but great views as well. The homemade chicken pies was almost gastronomic and the seafood chowder was good but could be offered as a larger portion and...More

Thank Patrick L
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a simple cafe with a great view. Expect pies cakes and sandwiches and you will not be disappointed. The locals hang out and play chess so you know the coffee is good. Unlike the gables they are very friendly and welcoming. They have...More

Thank Blayne P
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Very slow service with no mention that we would have to wait nearly an hour for fish and chips and it wasnt even busy. I mentioned that we might miss our ferry and i was simply told 'it will be right out' it took 15...More

Thank Chris H
Rodney M, Owner at Waterfront Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Thanks for you feedback and firstly I want to apolgise for your experience. It certainly is not the normal experience of our customers. I would point out that if there was an hour wait, and this is an extreme, then this is not normal, we...More

Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Best cafe in russell . Food consistently good , coffee excellent , mocha delicious . Been coming here 3 years never a complaint always above average .

Thank Joanne S
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We enjoyed having lunch along the Strand at this cafe. They had some interesting and unusual dishes to try. Staff was very friendly.

Thank TropicSplendor
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Had the homemade pie and chips for a treat. A bit unhappy with the mince pie sounded great but was very ordinary. Chai lattie was okay and iced coffee was good.

Thank rossndi2015
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for morning tea and we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and reasonably priced - including gluten free options! Waterfront seating is great to see the world go by in Russell

Thank boourns23
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Great coffee and a choice of a table inside on the verandah or outside on the beach front. Very peaceful spot with seabirds flying around and the small boats crossing the harbour behind. Convenient location near the ferry wharf in Russell

Thank j0hnty47
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 14
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
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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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