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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

€€ - €€€European, Cafe,
7 Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-387 4539
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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (74 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (21 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 17:00 Hours
CUISINES
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
7 Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe
1. Great beach side cafe
"I love the views over Lyall Bay"
Emma
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2. Delicious baking
"One of the best cafes in Wellington"
P468VTianw
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3. Excellent coffee
"Great coffee, perfect porridge and staff"
MaryAnne E
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1 - 10 of 516 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

A birthday brunch with 6 adults and a high chair on a long weekend Sunday. We went expecting to wait and unsurprisingly for a cafe with such a good reputation we ended up doing just that. Just like Disney however the wait staff were excellent...More

Thank 935kerrya
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Visited the bays in the area and decided to try this cafe - so pleased we did. The place was very busy (12.30), but we managed to get a seat near the windows with great views over the bay. Was told there would be 20...More

1  Thank Tiara2
bronwynk57, Owner at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Hey Thanks heaps for your kind review! Glad you enjoyed it and hopefully we will see you at night another time! Cheers

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The place is very cool and in a super nice spot with great view of the sea... Good coffee and food but be prepared to wait at least half an hour to get food or drink and you have to stand in a queue later...More

Thank joemaffia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a number of excellent brunches there but often end up elsewhere because they are so busy. We usual,y try there first and if too full, move onto other nearby options that are also pretty good. Well worth trying Maranui first?

Thank Ross-and-Jennifer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were advised on arrival that a 50 minute wait for food is expected and accepted those terms! It was delicious and worth the wait! We sat at a window seat overlooking Lyal Bay watching a surf school in action, lovers hand in hand wandering...More

Thank leanneb840
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey, We are super happy that you stuck around on such a busy day. Glad you enjoyed everything you had on the day. Its a beautiful part of the world Lyall Bay. See you again next time. Thanks

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The above is probably hyperbole but in two weeks we never had a better one. Fresh, tasty, fun and healthy food plus superfunky interior and stunning views. There are plenty of other cafes along this strip but this one stood out immediately and was no...More

Thank StephenMelFrank
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey, Amazing review and thanks. We love to read people reviews on there great experiences down at Marnaui. See you next time. Thanks

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had lunch there 12.00 today. Despite being told that there was a 20 minute wait for food, we waited an hour. Atmosphere and view great. Food was average. I had scrambled eggs on ciabatta and they were quite rubbery. This is in...More

Thank doczig
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey, Sorry about the mix up with the wait times and the eggs. Those Sunday lunch times can get pretty hetic. We must of slipped up on our usual smooth running service on the time you were there so apologies on our side. Hopefully we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an incredible gem! This place has character by the bucketloads. Busy and with a lovely vibe. Excellent coffee. I especially liked the double coffee deal - an espresso followed by another coffee later. The meals were perfect sizes, full of flavour and arrived promptly...More

Thank Niki211
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey, Awesome review and well done on the double coffee order. Glad you enjoyed it. See you next time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Busy Friday and we expected to wait a while. Very cheery staff brought coffee promptly and took our food orders. We were told there was a 30-40 minute wait for food from the kitchen. We enjoyed a chat and some people watching, took some photos...More

Thank Stew54
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey, Sorry for the mix up with your eggs on Friday?? If I remember rightly was it should of been hollandaise on the side? Apologies. Next time your down at the bay come say hello to myself (Tom) and I’ll get that free coffee you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Maranui today for lunch. I was really looking forward to it. We arrived about 2.10. I was surprised we had to wait on a weekday but well used to it. There were very few salads left. After about a 10 minute...More

Thank Victoria S
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey, We are sorry for the miss understanding on Friday with the wait times, we do tell everyone how long are food takes but I can see this time you were missed this time so apologies for that. You came at the end of a...More

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Hannah R
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Response from Tom W | Property representative |
Hi. We can happily accommodate your dog outside (perhaps up on our rear dack) but unfortunately as we are upstairs it is not really appropriate to bring the dog upstairs into the main cafe - unless it was a Guide Dog... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 17:00
Monday
07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 17:00
Thursday
07:00 - 17:00
Friday
07:00 - 17:00
Saturday
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-387 4539
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Description
Beach side cafe offering delicious breakfast and lunch options. Also now open for Dinners Friday and Saturdays - serving tasty snacks, pizzas, Local craft beers & New Zealand wines. Family friendly with relaxed casual dining.
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