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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” (79 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (23 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 534 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

I love how this place is always buzzing. Lots of people but not so loud you can't talk across the table. If you get the right table the views are very cool out across the Cook Strait. Overall though this reminds me of old style...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Murray P
Reviewed 4 days ago

My friend and I had a great time when we visited Maranui before the New Year’s day. It was lunch time when we get there. The place was extremely busy and the queue was long. We waited until it was our turn to order. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bella943
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Greeted at the door by incredible Tom the maître d’ on a very busy Saturday. 10 minute wait to be seated, didn’t matter as so much to see, keeping you entertained. 30 minute wait to eat, but again, didn’t matter - view of Lyall Bay...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank annalE2876DR
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the awesome review, we are so glad you enjoyed your self yesterday. We will see you again soon. Thanks x

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cafe has always been on my list of must-dos, with the lunch ques constantly snaking out their doorway, the general who's who in Wellington giving this establishment rave reviews and of course you can't go past the location! As we arrived at 2:15 the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank gregcockerill
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey, Thanks for the review and feed back on your trip to Marnaui. I've taken down your feed back on the food to pass onto the chef so we can hopefully not let this happen again. Your waitress should of offered drinks to start and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful little cafe with great food, for your average breakfast. Staff do a great job at managing customer's expectations, there is a sign at the stairs to reassure customers that if there is a line on the stairs that it only takes 10-15 to clear....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PMayy
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review. We are happy you enjoyed your time at Marnaui. The wifi went down on Christmas week, it was a nightmare of timing. It's all up and running now. See again next time. Thanks

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was a little line when we arrived which of course is a good sign :) Didn’t take long to be seated a few tables left at one time. Gentlemen on the door was lovely, provided menus to look at whilst we were in line. Staff...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 16tarar
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the superb review. See you next time. Thanks

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always a pleasure to drop into this place. The service is usually spot on, warm and friendly. The food is always attractive, wholesome and served in generous portions. An iconic cafe, with a well deserved reputation and wonderful views all year round.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 262reeceb
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for great review. Glad you enjoyed everything. Those views are amazing. See you next time. Thanks

Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

We stopped in here for a weekday brunch. It was busy as always, but we were seated quickly. We were advised on arrival that there would be a wait for food - something it doesn’t seem to occur to other places to mention, so we...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 973rachr
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for great review. Glad you enjoyed everything. See you next time.

Reviewed 13 December 2018

I love this place, Always lively end friendly. Great with friends and families. A great choice of cabinet food and of course amazing views!!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank nathalierp2017
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for great review. Glad you enjoyed everything. See you next time.

Reviewed 1 December 2018

Being right on the coast of Lyall Bay this place offers a very scenic place to sit and have a drink of a bite to eat. I wasn't a huge fan of the food but the staff were amazing and made the whole experience very...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank saf9922018
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for great review. Glad you enjoyed everything. The pancakes are amazing. Go for the big brekkie next time. Thanks

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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
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
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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