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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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Whangarei, New Zealand
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180 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Located right on the waters edge you can sit inside or choose to sit alongside water and enjoy the fantastic views. Situated about a minutes walk from the foot ferry and shops, the staff are friendly & helpful and the coffee is good.

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Thank Bernard R
Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Awesome coffee, nice lady, choice of seating, neat location. Breaky was okay. I get a bit stuck anyway at most places because I am dairy free so that doesn't help.

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Thank bronimc
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful service.. chicken and mushroom pies to die for. Lovely coffee. Outstanding views. Highly recommend this week place.

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Thank Keren C
Auckland, New Zealand
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165 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Lunch here was a panini with spinach, chicken and tomato filling and a latte. The panini was average and the latte was good. Perhaps I should have asked for cheese instead of tomato. Nice to sit on the verandah undercover and be sheltered from the elements and still be able to enjoy the views over the water and to the... More 

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Thank Superwoman888
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

This place was great. Gluten free options and typical great New Zealand coffee. They were friendly and the seating was comfortable. Great view of the wharf.

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Thank Leah B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Great food , fish chowder was very tasty, hot and well seasoned. Service was friendly and helpful. well worth a visit.free wifi.

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Thank Panney2016
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I visitd here today to have breakfast with my partner who is visiting from the U.K. The cafe is small and friendly, with seating on the grass next to the water or you can choose to sit on the decking undercover. I chose the pancakes with blueberries (recommended by staff) and it was amazing! My partner had the seaside breakfast... More 

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Thank S_Preston02
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We stopped off here before taking a boat to the hole in the rock for a bite to eat. Staff were very friendly & helpful. We had a range of food )4 adults), there were no bad reports from my family about the food. They make the best Latte coffee I had while in New Zealand. There are tables &... More 

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Thank Morgan361
Auckland, NZ
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Ideally located right on the waterfront in Russell, amongst some of the great names. Sadly though it is uninviting - the layout does it no favours and looks very dated. Could do with a revamp, some friendlier (and smiling) staff. Has great views though!

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Thank CSWE
Bratislava, Slovakia
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108 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

While visiting Russell (former capital city of NZ) - drinking famous flat white & eating nice berry cheese-cake here. The best place where to enjoy sea-side view & enjoy long weekend :)

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, 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
Description
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?