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Wharf Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

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European, New Zealand, Bar, Pub, 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It doesn't matter if the staff know you or not, you've gotta give people the same respectful service. Waited for over 5 minutes to get menus after we were told to go sit down and she would be right over. This place has beautiful potential, but too many factors are lacking for this place to be amazing. Portion sizes are... More 

Thank Tayla L
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an early dinner at the restaurant and really enjoyed the food accompanied by local wines and beer. The harbor-side setting was great even though it was raining lightly. Service was good. Prices are reasonable.

1 Thank Eric T
Te Puia Springs
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is probably the best location in Gisborne. It is a shame the food was not up to the same standard as the view. I thought the days of a baked potato being wrapped in tinfoil and dumped on a plate with a lump of sour cream were long gone, but to then find the potato was not cooked all... More 

Thank Dan R
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a drink as the weather had been really hot today (Friday). The bar staff were really friendly, full of helpful advice for two travellers from the uk. Good, cold beer and lovely view of the marina.

Thank Lee S
Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

This is newly re-built after a fire gutted it. And my, they've done a good job. The menu is good- nothing to special, but good bar staples- the beer is cold, and the service is really strong- a friendly, happy bunch. There are also great views and wifi. I went back a few days in a row for a water... More 

1 Thank KylaLouise
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Have been to the wharf 3 times since it re-opened. Once each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Found every experience disappointing. Not only there is a huge wait for food have found it over priced and the service to be very slow. The refurb looks great and the location is great - it's a shame because it has such potential... More 

Thank SimFoodie36
Gisborne, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Having recently been refurbished I went for lunch. It was very nice., so we visited again for a bar meal which we enjoyed also. The atmosphere was informal, and the meal was sufficient and priced appropriately. Not expensive.

1 Thank annepardoe
Gisborne, New Zealand
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Best scallop in Gisborne. The place was burned down and when you look at the restored building, you can see some of the burned woods. A really good decorative decision. I am rarely happy with my sea food, I grew up by the Mediterranean see, I fish, I can cook and I don't always like the ocean (sea) food. But... More 

1 Thank TheGreatBumble
Hokitika, New Zealand
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53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 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 

1 Thank CDW46
Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 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.

1 Thank Nikki L

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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, New Zealand, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
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?