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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

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7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
07:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Always a great meal but soo busy always. If you don't mind waiting of the crowds then this is an ideal place for a meal

Thank George H
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I have been here heaps. Occasionally when really busy the presentation and attention to detail, particularly with the coffee, slips ever so slightly. If you have the flexibility between a weekend and weekday visit try weekday. Having said this, I have never left unsatisfied. They do very well for how popular they are. The menu is an easy 5/5 with... More 

Thank Sam S
Hastings, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

A fabulous way to start the day. Breakfast has many choices and the view is amazing over the bay and across to the airport. Lovely staff.

Thank Debby M
Rotorua, New Zealand
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Totally recommend this place. Amazing views, cool surroundings. The staff were friendly and the service was fast and professional. Food was also great.

Thank Brett J
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

This place has served good food for years. It also has a nice view of Lyall Bay. You can either eat inside or outside. There are always some nice treats available to buy at the front of the store. I always get the Cook Strait. It is a couple of nice pieces of fresh fish and is topped with delicious... More 

Thank Bruce S. H
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

A quick takeaway trip to Maranui. $20 for sandwich, coffee & cake - sandwich was labelled as $8 but the entire top cabinet row of sweets is without pricing - I think a charge of $7.50 for cake is steep and so should be labeled in all fairness to consumers. Lovely food & coffee though.

Thank AWellingtonGirl
Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

The service has gone down so much since the old owners have left. We live local and enjoy the food here but just because a place has amazing food doesn't mean we also need to receive poor service. The front house is un friendly and rude. Been there 3 times this month and today will be last. They are more... More 

Thank Sonya K
bronwynk57, Owner at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this review

Hey Sonya. Thanks for letting us know about your disappointment with the staff at the moment. Obviously we do take serious feedback like this to heart and I have discussed your review with management. As you mention in your review many staff have been turned over and it is not always easy finding and training up new staff to be... More 

Swansea County, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We visited last week, while on holiday from UK. My husband and I ordered the The Cook Straight Catch ! What a dish ! Superb fish dish, the best I have ever tasted, and I am well travelled. My husband agreed. All our party agreed that the food was amazing. We sat outside, it was windy but the views were... More 

Thank Jayne B
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe is always buzzing with people. I love the views over Lyall Bay (although I still haven't managed to get a seat by the window) and the quirky and cosy interior. The food is solidly good and reliable but nothing out of the ordinary. If you're coming at the weekend either get here early or be prepared... More 

Thank Emma G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Yes it is funky Yes it has amazing views Yea the cabinet food looks good But looks are not reality, the food is average on more than one occasion i have been served par cooked bavon.... Really how hard is it to greah cook? Staff can be hit and miss Its worth coming in for a coffee and to ticket... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Lyall Parade, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington

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