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Waterfront Cafe & Bar

Waterfront Drive | Far North, Mangonui, New Zealand
+64 9-406 0850
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (59 reviews)
“scallops” (30 reviews)
“lamb” (20 reviews)
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Bar, Pizza, Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Waterfront Drive | Far North, Mangonui, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having some of the reviews for the Waterfront Cafe we were in two minds about whether or not to try it. However, it was a cloudy evening and it had been raining all day and so we didn't want to walk too far from where...More

1  Thank Andy99Auckland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly easy going staff. Excellent seaview. Pizzas and creme brulees are always excellent! They are open all afternoon between lunch & dinner.

Thank Karen F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined there a few times and we’re most impressed by the quality of food , presentation and obviously the taste ! Excellent !

Thank Morkuss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit, Manganoui. This establishment is on the waterfront overlooking the water and as it had a high rating on Trip Advisor we decided to give it a try. After visiting I am not certain why this place has such a high...More

Thank Dormouse101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each time we go up to the Bay of Islands we travel up to Mangonui and have lunch here at the Waterfront Cafe & Bar. Very simple. On the waterfront. Very peaceful. Very relaxed. Salad, scallops, bacon, avos - delicious and a glass of wine.

Thank Zan N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Both meals were covered in way too much sauce, lettuce below the small fish portion was limp and tasteless and the BLT was similar with burnt bacon. It could be so much better but the kitchen needs a huge leg up.

Thank 185alan
Reviewed 1 February 2018

For a small town and really not many eateries this is surprisingly good! We have had evening meals here two days running and breakfast once. The menu is good and some really nice choices, everything well cooked and fresh. The beef and lamb particularly along...More

Thank kenty
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Yummy the tartlet and salad was delicious, and so was the BLT burger. Highly recommended. Indoor and outdoor seating with a great view!

Thank jcnick
Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

We loved the whitebait special -frittata with a scattering if crispy fried whitebait and salad. The frittata was loaded with those wonderful whitebait, and I haven’t had such wonderful crispy fried whitebait since my youthful days in Christchurch where Fails Cafe did them so well....More

Thank SueC
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for a drink on the way up the coast. Excellent friendly service, cool space and decor and awesome views from the alfresco seating on the pavement.

Thank Rob H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Waterfront Drive | Far North, Mangonui, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Mangonui
  • Phone Number: +64 9-406 0850
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