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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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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We recently visited this restaurant which is directly opposite the wharf do you can't miss it. We had the Crab Chowder at $15.99 and it was delicious. It came with fresh bread and butter and we washed it down with ginger beer. (The Wharf doesn't sell alcohol or didn't whilst we were there.) Loved the decor and the staff were... More 

Thank Caroline D
Zurich, Switzerland
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

So very disappointing for Nz! We did leave the place before even ordering as the very rude and disrespectful waitress was enough. When you hate your job, quit!

Thank Vivian W
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242 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Decided on mid morning coffee here as it was the nearest to the pier and the rain was coming down. What a great outlook a very welcome atmosphere and obliging staff. The coffee was good the cakes etc on offer looked great and they were to taste. The place could be good for lunch I guess

Thank johnamason
Dublin, Ireland
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472 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We went here for coffee and some snacks after getting the ferry over to Russell. We waited an incredibly long time for our coffees and had to then go ask for our scones which were left in the microwave and forgotten about. Waitresses were inept and just kept wandering around with coffees even though we had been provided with a... More 

Thank Orla B
Leeds, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

We bought coffee to take away every day from this cafe and it was very good. In the evening they serve cocktails and there is a steady stream of customers eating in all day.

Thank Trish N
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Great venue all tables provided sun umbrellas which was awesome. Service was very friendly thou more staff needed as 1 server at the bar and at times the bar was quiet busy, but always received a smile.

Thank lovetodin
Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I'm going to try to be balanced about this place because there's a lot to like about it. On a positive note, the meals we did eventually receive were awesome. The House Fish N Chips was fab. Gurnard, cooked and presented beautifully but apparently it was a local fish called 'Gurdan' and this is where the problems just got worse.... More 

Thank DeneTucker
Sydney, Australia
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176 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Soup on menu but not available. Ordered chicken sandwich & were told no Brie ! Menu is not extensive so cannot understand how they could be short ingredients. We heard the gentleman next to us complaining about his fish & chips and understood why when ours arrived. No taste at all. The view is to die for but food lacking... More 

Thank hourdy
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

They were very busy but didn't warn us our muffins which were sitting on the counter would take well over 20 min to get to us. Grandson got his smoothie then 10min later we got teas and coffees but by then we were over waiting for the muffins so cancelled that order. Staff seemed confused Coffees were average. Tea cup... More 

Thank Barbara S
Melbourne, Australia
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181 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

A great outlook over the water serving great eggs for breakfast. Also serves a good coffee & smoothies. The property has protection from the wind and sun by offering inside seating. There is also a nice garden setting too. The staff were very warm, welcoming & the service was prompt. At the time we were there, this property was up... More 

Thank sharonbaby

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?