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Waterfront Cafe

23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7589
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good43%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“falafel wrap” (4 reviews)
“hash browns” (5 reviews)
“blueberries” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, New Zealand, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
23D The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for morning tea and we really enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious and reasonably priced - including gluten free options! Waterfront seating is great to see the world go by in Russell

Thank boourns23
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great coffee and a choice of a table inside on the verandah or outside on the beach front. Very peaceful spot with seabirds flying around and the small boats crossing the harbour behind. Convenient location near the ferry wharf in Russell

Thank j0hnty47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is another cafe we visit as a must every visit to Paihia, across on the ferry to Russell. We sit at the same table every time and look out over the water back to Paihia to watch the world go by.

Thank 106emt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in here for breakfast prior to a scenic cruise. The food was reasonably priced and reliable (actually the muesli was quite tasty). Not fancy but steady, good eats.

Thank Seiff
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a couple of Days in Russell and the Waterfront Cafe has been one of our favorite places to stay. Wonderful view over the bay and delicious Cappuccino, Latte and Chai Lattes. Since one person of our party has to eat strictly gluten free,...More

Thank Urs S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast here, eggs on toast with added hash browns. Great price for the portion size. Awesome view literally sitting on the beach front. Quick service and friendly staff

Thank Been_and_Gone94
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice breakfast here with great views....meals were a little on the slight size for the cost, but enjoyable.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Rested after a busy morning but only tried the hot drinks. Coffee was smooth and flavoursome, choc was hot and delicious- not too sweet. Service very friendly

Thank Gingerules
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Great bfasts and amazing falafel wrap. The muffins are delicious too. Great spot to sit and enjoy a beautiful day in the bay.

Thank Jazz168
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We were there on a beautiful day so we chose to eat outside and enjoy the view towards the wharf and and watch the passing parade. Food cafe style and very good. Staff very helpful and extremely friendly. Great coffee and iced chocolate, they third...More

Thank Killcare
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$14
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View
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
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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.