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Duke of Marlborough

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7829
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The pub has a stunning position and view. The character of the location is georgeous. We ate at about 3.30 on the bar menu, and had heard the fish and chips were 'fantastic'....they'd obviously never had 'fantastic fish and chips'. The chips were ok...OIL I would say needs changing, and the fish was so small under the batter. It's insulting... More 

Thank BySouth
Tauranga, New Zealand
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118 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

New Zealand's oldest licensed hotel in a stunning waterfront location. It's beautifully furnished and maintained and has such a great ambience.

Thank Chris T
Wakefield, Rhode Island
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My partner and I were traveling around the North Island and saw all the great reviews for Duke of Marlborough and decided to go. It was expensive but so worth it. We got the taste of New Zealand fish which was just magnificent. Kumara bread which was amazing. Oven roasted far north Hapuna which was melt in your mouth and... More 

Thank Kristina C
Melbourne, Australia
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60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate dinner here on Easter Sunday. It all started well and we were given a nice table immediately overlooking the waterfront. The waiter who took our food and wine orders was personable and professional. The kumara bread arrived and it was delicious and a good start. Unfortunately it was downhill all the way from here. We had ordered the... More 

Thank Bazza76
Rotorua District, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a beautiful meal. Couldn't fault the presentation nor the yummyness. Also enjoyed a quiet drink in the bar on another afternoon. Nice display for history on the wall. Keep up the good work.

Thank paula4157
Brisbane, Australia
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great dinner and an afternoon simply grazing enjoying the great views. Staff were as always extremely friendly and helpful, a joy to come back to on our regular return visits.

Thank Mark H
Miranda, Australia
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129 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been here a few years ago and loved it then so decided to go back and found it even better this time. The food was excellent as was the wine and the service. Together with its location at the beach, would definitely recommend eating here.

Thank Jill A
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great lunch at the Duke for an 80th birthday. The seafood chowder was popular as was the fish and chips. Great meals. Best chowder we've had in a long time. Relaxing atmosphere and the service was friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Would definitely return next time we're in Russell. Thanks for making a special day all... More 

Thank Paul C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good position, welcoming staff. Very busy both times we went. Lamb delicious and enormous portion, would do two small eaters. Steak tough and a bit tastlesss.

Thank maggieann70
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat outside on veranda. Delicious meal (lamb rump) with great accompaniments followed by gorgeous desserts. Friendly staff. Topped off by a fabulous sunset and view of a stingray cruising along the beach edge,

Thank brobat

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Russell
  • Phone Number: +64 9-403 7829

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