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The Wharf - Restaurant & Bar

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Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7771
09:00 - 00:00
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United Kingdom
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2015

Lovely waterfront restaurant serving small sharing plates as well as main meals and hot stone cooking. Food is lovely and fresh with a large menu to make ones choice from. Staff are helpful, cheerful and well trained. Cocktails in the evening are fabulous.

2 Thank Pendaries
Perth, Australia
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2015

An ideal location for a sundowner drink and snack. take advantage of the happy hour specials. Do not expect top quality wine by the glass or you will be disappointed. Food only average, the Ceviche had lovely fresh fish but was swamped in coconut milk which killed the flavour.

Thank JohnCPerth
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2015

A very friendly reception when we arrived. The waitress was helpful widen we were choosing which tapas meals to select. Each tapas meal was beautifully cooked and presented. We enjoyed our meal so much that we returned the following evening!

Thank AgonyIvy
Katikati, New Zealand
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2015

We visited the Wharf Restaurant and Bar with friends who were visiting us from the UK. The food and the service we received was absolutely first class, and we will certainly eat there again when we next visit Russell.

Thank N3908HSDavid_B
Kerikeri, New Zealand
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Decided to visit friends holidaying in Russell. They were eating out so we joined them. Great location just off the wharf. Relaxed and yet attentive staff and lovely to see the chef out and about chatting and checking everything was OK with patrons. We choose to have several tapas dishes. Wonderfully presented and delicious. Would definitely dine again.

Thank Roundtuit514
Congleton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Possibly the worst meal in the 6 week tour of New Zealand. Dreadful fish and chips ( soggy batter , minimal fish) and even worse seafood platter placed on hot stone to cook. Not a good way to cook mussels in our opinion.

Thank John V
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2015 via mobile

Once again such an amazing meal four meals every single one of us are truly satisfied. Such a great thing too be served by the chef himself. Thank you very much. Head chef from paihia.

1 Thank Terry S
Janesville, Wisconsin
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101 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2015

Casual but perfect for our new tour group friends to get acquainted. Staff could have been a bit more attentive, but who cared. We were happy, scenery watching, and enjoying the lovely surroundings. We ordered 6 tapas and 4 desserts, 1 was a miss but overall food was average to above average. We headed for the ferry after spending 2+... More 

1 Thank gin h
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2015

The last time I reviewed this restaurant (a year ago) I hoped it would improve. I was back on New Year's Eve and I'm happy to report all is forgiven. I didn't order the stone grill (slabs of raw meat don't appeal) but I did chomp my way through several tapas dishes because I went two days in row. The... More 

2 Thank Deirdre G
Avry-devant-Pont, Switzerland
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123 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015 via mobile

We had a nice lunch facing the bay The beer choice was nice, summer ale really nice The tapas were good but nothing special Patatas bravas were pommes rissolées On the other hand the chorizo was great Very friendly service

1 Thank Guillaume M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$24
New Zealand, European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Russell Waterfront | Bay of Islands, Russell, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7771

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