Where to eat Contemporary food in Russell: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 5, 2019 Viva Honore

Discover Restaurants offering the best Contemporary 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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8. Nikau Restaurant

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands 358 Seaview Road, Paihia 0200 New Zealand New Zealand, European, Contemporary, Fusion, Soups Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-402 7826 http://www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz/locations/new-zealand/paihia/scenic-hotel-bay-of-islands/restaurant-and-bar/nikau-restaurant-breakfast-menu
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4 based on 31 reviews

Nikau Restaurant

Located within the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands the Nikau restaurant offers true New Zealand cuisine and wines served with traditional "kiwi hospitality". The menu is predominantly a la carte with occaisional buffet dinners offered.A relaxing house bar adj

Reviewed By faleolo11

Was welcomed by friendly staff.Warm and not overbearing. We where seated and well attended too. The food was good the desert was outstanding.The overall feeling was we felt welcomed,the restaurant had a great feel about it. The staff were professional .a great way to spend our Valentine's day. thank you for the experience! !!!Dear Guest, Thank you for posting a review after your recent dining experience with us. We are glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards Ross Brljevich General Manager

7. Zane Grey's Aquarium and Dock Restaurants and Bars

69 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Fast Food, Mediterranean, Contemporary, New Zealand, Seafood Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +64 9-402 6220 http://www.zanegreys.co.nz
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4 based on 189 reviews

Zane Grey's Aquarium and Dock Restaurants and Bars

Join us for a wonderful experience over the water in either "The Aquarium" or on "The Dock". Inside we serve up-market dishes situated in a cozy dining area with great views. Outside we have a big lounge area for you to relax and enjoy your day - complete

Reviewed By gerlyn08

Great atmosphere with the aquarium in the middle. We sat at a table over the water. Very nice watching the sun go down and light lights in the bay come on.The food and service was really good.Hello Gerlyn08Thank you for this wonderful review! The team here at Zane Grey's is thrilled to hear such good feedback, and we’re proud to be able to serve our guests at such a unique location over the water. I hope to see you again!

6. The Gourmet Kitchen

39 Russell Heights, Russell 0202 New Zealand Contemporary, Fusion, Healthy, New Zealand Brunch [email protected] +64 21 354 591 http://www.thegourmetkitchen.co.nz
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5 based on 11 reviews

The Gourmet Kitchen

The Gourmet Kitchen is not an actual restaurant but provides boutique catering, holiday provisioning and private chef services within Russell. We specialise in intimate functions, dinner parties, celebrations and small weddings. For further information ch

Reviewed By Waimania

Linda and her team did a magnificent job catering for approximately 80 Pax for a day time BBQ function the day after our wedding at a personal residence. With people dropping in and out at sporadic times, they did very well to manage so that fantastic food was available at all times. They took the stress out of the day completely. Being in the hospitality industry myself, I have unreasonably exacting standards :) and Linda and her team exceeded these! Great food, easy to work with and well priced- would definitely work with them again.The Gourmet Kitchen loves hearing we "exceeded your expectations", thank you! It can be a challenge working in a small space with so many people, children, pets, etc but we pride ourselves on being extremely organised and attention to detail to overcome this. Our satisfaction was seeing your guests having a great time, complimenting the food and yourself and your new wife looking relaxed and happy. :-)

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5. Alfresco's Restaurant and Bar

6 Marsden Road, Paihia 0247 New Zealand Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront [email protected] +64 9-402 6797 http://www.alfrescosrestaurantpaihia.com
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4 based on 1470 reviews

Alfresco's Restaurant and Bar

UNLIKE MOST PLACES WE NEVER CHARGE HOLIDAY SURCHARGE Live Music Every Sunday Afternoon 3pm - 6pm. Happy Hour Everyday 3pm - 6pm Alfresco's is a family run business that is open everyday from 8.00am serving freshly produced food and excellent coffee. We st

Reviewed By TwinkD

My husband and I went here for dinner as it was right next door to where we were staying. The food was really nice although the service was a little sub par. They weren't busy but the service was quite slow. We would eat there again as the food was nice.

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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. Charlotte’s Kitchen

69 Marsden Road End of Wharf, Paihia 0200 New Zealand Healthy, Seafood, European, Contemporary Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront [email protected] +64 9-402 8296 http://www.charlotteskitchen.co.nz
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4 based on 1056 reviews

Charlotte’s Kitchen

Charlotte’s Kitchen established in 2015 brings a fresh approach to dining – with a killer view right at the end of the Wharf in Paihia, Bay of Islands

Reviewed By Les_Touzieaux

This is on the pier at Paihia and extremely popular especially Friday to Sunday so recommend that you book a table or be disappointed. We were very impressed by the food and service, lots of local people were in which is a good sign

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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. The Gables Restaurant

19 The Strand, Russell 0202 New Zealand Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront [email protected] +64 9-403 7670 http://www.thegablesrestaurant.co.nz/
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4 based on 1015 reviews

The Gables Restaurant

New Zealand's oldest operating Restaurant, The Gables offers fine food and wine in a stunning waterfront setting.

Reviewed By lizGH123

Delicious food.Thanks to Rachel for advising us.Thanks to the chef for cooking.Thank you again. Yum.

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