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Wharf Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
European, Bar, 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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Hokitika, New Zealand
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for a drink. Perfect to watch the activities in the marina. Enjoyed the Wharf ale and then ordered a dish of potato skins. These were great. Sour cream and avocado dressing with a tasty salsa with bacon. We shared the dish and enjoyed it. The rest of the menu was tempting and we may be back tonight!!... More 

Thank CDW46
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything about this place was spot on from the service to the food. The location is great being right on the river. Highly recommended.

Thank Nikki L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service, food, atmosphere absolutely superb, extremely well priced, certainly made up for the dismal meal we had the night before in Gisborne. Totally recommend this place, very accommodating and meal was very flavoursome, highly recommended #superb

Thank Cancream
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chips are home made and awesome. Service was great for us. Prices were as I expected and they even have a loyalty card. A++

Thank Elizabeth C
Napier, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to make the most the most of the harbour view we chose this venue to do that. The space was nicely decorated and we were seated by the window. There was a view into the kitchen were you could watch the chiefs - that seemed redundant given the view across the harbour. The service seemed tense, not relaxed.... More 

Thank Shari T
Gisborne, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have just paid $28 for a very small portion of salmon and a some salad very disappointed in the meal and the service. We were never offered the dessert menu and had to wave down our waitress who passed our table numerous times to get a coffee! I was there with a group of friends who also felt the... More 

Thank gert07
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a afternoon drink seemed a nice place to go for dinner. Went to the bar, said get a set and they would be with us soon, waitresses kept walking past us, 20 minutes later we had to ask for service. Ordered our dinner and wanted to change but couldn't without paying for meal, then be credited in order to... More 

Thank Anna W
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a complete let down. Should have listen to reviews The food was so disappointing The menu read amazing but failed big time to meet standards. 11 for evening meal close to 400 dollars. Ridiculous. Keep away from the pork belly and do not take the kids. A range of meals we had lacked simple seasoning. Even my 7 year... More 

Thank martyn b
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We ate here on 2 of our 3 nights in Gisborne. We had our 5 year old and 7 year old with us. Great choice of food for kids and adults alike but also really good service with very friendly staff. Really nice sitting outside overlooking the marina. Will definitely go back when next in town.

Thank 276michaelr
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Where do I start. Outdoor seating arrangement very uncomfortable. Meal average Music repetitive not everybody wants to listing to country music all night!! Settings are beautiful Staff friendly.

Thank Jake H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
European, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Groups
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?