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Wharf Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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60 Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
+64 6-868 4876
09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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Levin, New Zealand
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116 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Overlooking the water, with a diverse menu and a couple of good beer options on tap, this was a very nice place do dine. We would come here again.

Thank tonystraw
Middle Park, Australia
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62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in to the Wharf - had read they had free wifi and I needed to do some work Staff were lovely - very friendly and helpful. Happy hour 4-6pm so enjoyed a couple of drinks. Also ate dinner - hate a fantastic chicken burger that was full of flavour and really fresh. Not a lot of people here (although... More 

Thank Luci2307
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133 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived an hour early for our lunch date, but having walked and explored around Gisborne for over two hours, the Chardonnay was cold and we were well looked after. We had a variety of lunch dishes, from scallops, a burger with amazing fries to a very delicious roast vegetable salad. All were beautifully cooked and beautifully presented. Would definitely... More 

Thank MandyJKim
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It doesn't matter if the staff know you or not, you've gotta give people the same respectful service. Waited for over 5 minutes to get menus after we were told to go sit down and she would be right over. This place has beautiful potential, but too many factors are lacking for this place to be amazing. Portion sizes are... More 

Thank Tayla L
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We had an early dinner at the restaurant and really enjoyed the food accompanied by local wines and beer. The harbor-side setting was great even though it was raining lightly. Service was good. Prices are reasonable.

1 Thank Eric T
Te Puia Springs
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This is probably the best location in Gisborne. It is a shame the food was not up to the same standard as the view. I thought the days of a baked potato being wrapped in tinfoil and dumped on a plate with a lump of sour cream were long gone, but to then find the potato was not cooked all... More 

Thank Dan R
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a drink as the weather had been really hot today (Friday). The bar staff were really friendly, full of helpful advice for two travellers from the uk. Good, cold beer and lovely view of the marina.

Thank Lee S
Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This is newly re-built after a fire gutted it. And my, they've done a good job. The menu is good- nothing to special, but good bar staples- the beer is cold, and the service is really strong- a friendly, happy bunch. There are also great views and wifi. I went back a few days in a row for a water... More 

1 Thank KylaLouise
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Have been to the wharf 3 times since it re-opened. Once each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Found every experience disappointing. Not only there is a huge wait for food have found it over priced and the service to be very slow. The refurb looks great and the location is great - it's a shame because it has such potential... More 

1 Thank SimFoodie36
Gisborne, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Having recently been refurbished I went for lunch. It was very nice., so we visited again for a bar meal which we enjoyed also. The atmosphere was informal, and the meal was sufficient and priced appropriately. Not expensive.

1 Thank annepardoe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Gisborne Region  >  Gisborne
  • Phone Number: +64 6-868 4876

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