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Wharf Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
European, New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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60 Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-868 4876
08:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
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78 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is newly re-built after a fire gutted it. And my, they've done a good job. The menu is good- nothing to special, but good bar staples- the beer is cold, and the service is really strong- a friendly, happy bunch. There are also great views and wifi. I went back a few days in a row for a water... More 

1 Thank KylaLouise
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been to the wharf 3 times since it re-opened. Once each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Found every experience disappointing. Not only there is a huge wait for food have found it over priced and the service to be very slow. The refurb looks great and the location is great - it's a shame because it has such potential... More 

Thank SimFoodie36
Gisborne, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having recently been refurbished I went for lunch. It was very nice., so we visited again for a bar meal which we enjoyed also. The atmosphere was informal, and the meal was sufficient and priced appropriately. Not expensive.

1 Thank annepardoe
Gisborne, New Zealand
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best scallop in Gisborne. The place was burned down and when you look at the restored building, you can see some of the burned woods. A really good decorative decision. I am rarely happy with my sea food, I grew up by the Mediterranean see, I fish, I can cook and I don't always like the ocean (sea) food. But... More 

1 Thank TheGreatBumble
Hokitika, New Zealand
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for a drink. Perfect to watch the activities in the marina. Enjoyed the Wharf ale and then ordered a dish of potato skins. These were great. Sour cream and avocado dressing with a tasty salsa with bacon. We shared the dish and enjoyed it. The rest of the menu was tempting and we may be back tonight!!... More 

1 Thank CDW46
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Everything about this place was spot on from the service to the food. The location is great being right on the river. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Nikki L
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Service, food, atmosphere absolutely superb, extremely well priced, certainly made up for the dismal meal we had the night before in Gisborne. Totally recommend this place, very accommodating and meal was very flavoursome, highly recommended #superb

1 Thank Cancream
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Chips are home made and awesome. Service was great for us. Prices were as I expected and they even have a loyalty card. A++

1 Thank Elizabeth C
Napier, New Zealand
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

We wanted to make the most the most of the harbour view we chose this venue to do that. The space was nicely decorated and we were seated by the window. There was a view into the kitchen were you could watch the chiefs - that seemed redundant given the view across the harbour. The service seemed tense, not relaxed.... More 

Thank Shari T
Gisborne, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

I have just paid $28 for a very small portion of salmon and a some salad very disappointed in the meal and the service. We were never offered the dessert menu and had to wave down our waitress who passed our table numerous times to get a coffee! I was there with a group of friends who also felt the... More 

Thank gert07

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
European, New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-868 4876

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