North Island, New Zealand Food Guide: 10 Bar food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Russell

November 8, 2019 Fernanda Pittenger

Reviews on Bar food in Russell, North Island, New Zealand. The seaside town of Russell is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. The area teems with a mash-up of indigenous and European history, evident in its architecture and historic sites. Sail around the bay on a chartered yacht or iconic tall ship or explore the multiple personalities of The Gables 1847, which has served as a bakery, bordello and shelter for AWOL sailors on the lam.
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10. Kings Road Bar and Pizza

14 Kings Rd Paihia, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Italian, Bar, Pizza, Fast Food, Pub, Diner Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards +64 9-402 6080 http://www.facebook.com/Kingsroadbar
Kings Road Bar and Pizza

a Great place to relax and Enjoy a great Pizza indoor or outdoor seating.

Reviewed By John123874

Ordered a pizza and had a 20minute wait so decided to wait elsewhere as the music was so loud. Arrived back to pick up the pizza. The woman who served us was so rude we won't be returning. On top of that the pizza was so average and tasteless. Very disappointing, especially as the gentleman who served us initially was so nice.thank You for Your comments Tim

9. Paihia Sports Bar

10 Selwyn Road, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner Seating, Serves Alcohol +64 9-402 5434
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4 based on 42 reviews

Paihia Sports Bar

Reviewed By DaiJEvs

Popped in there to enquire about watching a rugby game later that day. The barman grunted that he may not be open if there were not enough people in there before slopping the drinks we had ordered down in front of us. I was not impressed.

8. Thirty30 Craft Beer Bar

16 Kings Road, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music [email protected] +64 9-402 7479 http://www.thirty30.co.nz
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4 based on 152 reviews

Thirty30 Craft Beer Bar

Thirty30 is a craft beer bar with an added bonus of serving a full menu including our house made specialty burgers from open to close everyday. So if you're feeling hungry say 10 or 11pm, call in & we'll be more than happy to feed that hungry soul. We str

Reviewed By 681annef

It seems the thing is to be eclectic which is okay if you deliver. Wine and beer were great but the food was a let down. Don’t order the beef salad. It comes out with little inedible meatballs and a green salad. It was very unappealing. The basket of chips was great and saved the day. We didn’t go back.

7. CBK Craft Bar Kitchen

Marsden Road Maritime Building, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations, Highchairs Available +64 9-402 8526 http://www.cbk.nz
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4 based on 180 reviews

CBK Craft Bar Kitchen

Reviewed By billyStingB

After attending the "it Wine & Food Festival" we decided to settle in for a cocktail or 4. Theeee most AMAZING cocktails served by the lovely Amy. Then we decided to eat street food. We are calamari lovers & have had many good takes on it, but the calamari at CBK was leeeegit THE BEST we have ever had. Delicious! Amazing friendly staff, primo atmosphere & awesomely priced. We cannot wait to come back. Thanks guys!

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6. Rayz on the Bay

50 Marsden Road, Paihia New Zealand Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Live Music +64 9-402 5069
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4 based on 127 reviews

Rayz on the Bay

Rayz on the Bay Pub Food & Bar located on Paihia's waterfront serving up New Zealand & international beers, watch all your sport LIVE with us, wine & dine your self with simple fresh local food from seafood to salads & everyone's favorite crispy fish n ch

Reviewed By NIRS3

Very good service. Restaurant under new management. Met the owner who had had the restaurant only 2 days. Very pleasant female bar server and quick food service. I had the chicken schnitzel and my wife the crumbed dory. Both were delicious and not too expensive. The board menu was varied and included roast chicken dinner - it was Sunday! There was live music but not too loud. It seemed to be more of a jamming session. Would certainly recommend. - good luck to the new owners.

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5. Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack

9 Williams Rd, Paihia New Zealand American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +64 9-402 5002 http://www.facebook.com/Jimmy-Jacks-Rib-Shack-Paihia-1485163035058983
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4 based on 1646 reviews

Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack

Reviewed By kiwichicky40

Read reviews seemed to be all good about the food and thought we would try. I was disappointed, prawn cocktail more like shrimp, was hard/rubbery no flavour and wasnt keen on the fish only ate 1 piece. My husband said his was good he had surf and turf. I wouldn't go back

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4. Legends Restaurant

1 Joyces Road Paihia Ex-Servicemens Club, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Bar, New Zealand, International, Contemporary Dinner Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +64 9-402 6037 http://www.legendspaihia.co.nz
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4 based on 347 reviews

Legends Restaurant

Legends Restaurant at the Paihia Ex-Services Club has gone under new management on 8 April 2019. Our new menu is now up and running including all of the old favourites, new vegetarian meals as well as a great burger menu! We are open daily from 5pm and cl

Reviewed By Tiddleypom

We decided to eat here as we were attending a hypnotists show, the food is definitely better than our last visit but they ran out of vegetables and the salad bar was very uninspiring, 2 lots a lettuce and a potato salad, not very good , used to have beetroot, egg salad and pasta as well, the veggies were good when replenished but they need to keep them stocked up and hot , the owner is obviously making a huge effort and we will give it another go but on a less busy nightThank you for your feedback, it's reviews like this that allow us to improve. You're right that we're making a huge effort, we have changed the structure of the kitchen and recently updated the menu a little - but don't worry, all of the favourites are still available! On that night it was quite busy and you're right, we did run low particularly with the hot veggie bar - multiple times. We have looked at the issue with replenishing items and have changed the person responsible for keeping the kitchen up to date as to what is needed, so far it is working out well. In regards to the variety of the salad bar we're making efforts to bring different things back such as beetroot and increase the sauce/dressing options - currently we have a balsamic vinaigrette and wholegrain mustard dressing made in house along with our regular sauces, we're also making more prepared salads like egg & potato, pasta and coleslaw. Items do change daily depending on availability so it is possible on a busy weekend we may run out of a popular item but we're doing our best to have a little extra on-hand - particularly items that can last a little longer in the fridge or dry store. I'm sure next time you visit these issues will be a thing of the past. Thank you again for your helpful feedback, it has helped us make Legends Restaurant a better dining option and I look forward to seeing you next time.

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3. The Duke of Marlborough Tavern

19 York Street, Russell 0202 New Zealand Bar, Seafood, European, Pub, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Live Music +64 9-403 7831 http://duketavern.co.nz/
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4 based on 269 reviews

The Duke of Marlborough Tavern

Reviewed By agentbcairns

The Duke of Marlborough is a 5 Star restaurant with 5 Star service. This is the place to go for fine dining and exceptional service. All of the staff are professional waiters and know what they are doing. The kitchen was well staffed and the food was exceptional too. I enjoyed my dining experience, forgot to take photos ... but well worth a visit. I will be going back and remember to take a photo!

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2. Duke of Marlborough

35 The Strand, Russell 0202 New Zealand Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Contemporary Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Cre [email protected] +64 9-403 7829 http://www.theduke.co.nz
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4 based on 1747 reviews

Duke of Marlborough

Located right on the waterfront in Russell. Serving up delectable delights for lunch and dinner the Duke of Marlborough Restaurant is at the heart of this historical hotel. The menu showcases locally sourced seasonal produce, presenting a new take on clas

Reviewed By GaryBrazel

The food was excellent and so was the ambience. It has an elegant indoor dining room and also has outdoor seating. There are views of the harbor from both. We had the tasty very fresh flounder [$37] which is a large whole fish served with bok choy and pomegranate seeds. We also got the fish of the day [$39] which comes with roast potatoes, carrots and courgettes and a sauce. I recommend the roasted vegetables [$9.50] which were delicious. The rocket salad [$9.50] was okay.It claims to be the oldest New Zealand licensed restaurant.

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1. Hone's Garden

10 York Street, Russell 0202 New Zealand Bar, Pizza, European Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +64 22 466 3710 http://hones.co.nz
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4 based on 244 reviews

Hone's Garden

CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. Authentic wood fired pizzas, local craft beer on tap and boutique NZ wines in a relaxed, sheltered tropical garden.

Reviewed By JoBee65

Delicious menu with a wide variety including cabinet food. The service is top notch and the ambiance is lovely with inside and outside dining. Great for families to solo diners.

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