Waterfront Cafe

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NZ National Maritime Museum Complex,
Viaduct Basin,

(09) 359 9914

Waterfront Cafe Information

The Waterfront Cafe, in Auckland is the best location on the Viaduct.

We offer a full continental day and evening menu with speedy and smiley service.

Nights with us are about dinner, dancing and cocktails!

Opening Hours
Daily: 08.00 till late
Food Times
All opening hours.
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
Set Lunch Menu, A La Carte Menu, Breakfast Menu
Large Screen
Jeans OK
Children welcome - Children allowed before 22.00

Kids Menu
Outdoor Area
Private area
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer Emma Harper
We ate at the Waterfront as part of our visit to the Maritime Museum & loved it. The kids were very happy with their choice of meals from the kids menu & i was extremely happy with the cost of $10 per child for a main & dessert! There was a wide choice on the adults menu too from snacks to full meals. The portions were substantial...in fact i couldn't finish my delicious spanish omelette!
The staff were extremely helpful & friendly. We were running late for our booking to go sailing so they let us leave & go back a couple of hours later for the kids dessert!
There is lots of seating at the Waterfront, inside & outside & a decent drinks menu so you can enjoy a wine or coffee with friends if you don't intend to eat.
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Reviewer Brett Taylor
My partner and I have passed this place hundreds of times and have never been in until last night.We have been missing out! We were instantly served and shown a table.We sat near the front doors as the back part had all the heaters on and thought it was too hot.The manager offered to turn a heater off for us but we sat near the front doors so we could see the sports on the TV screen.I had the lamb burger and my partner had the fajitas. He,s from Texas,on the border of Mexico and said these were the best tasting fajitas he has found in NZ. We almost had to be rolled out of the place...the portions were huge!! We had 2 drinks each, plus the meals and it came to $75...very good prices! The waitress was a true blue kiwi girl and very friendly and knowledgeable.Nothing was a problem.We met the owner who was a very nice man..very friendly and obliging.He introduced himself and asked how everything was with the meals etc.The only thing that I didn't like was the 2 very loud girls drinking and chain smoking at the outside tables as the smoke came into the restaurant...but we chose to sit near the doors.Food 10/10 Prices 10/10 Staff 10/10 The good looking barman certainly helped lol.We would highly recommend this place to other diners and will definitely be back.
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It could have almost been a comedy. Neither our table or the table next to us could attract the attention of any staff. Finally ordered 3 drinks - one completely wrong. Overpriced cake slice. Chicken panini which was of extremely poor quality and chips which were not fresh cooked. A very depressing and unpleasant afternoon experience.
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Reviewer lbmcgivern
The service may not be the top but it's not bad either. I love the food, the helpfulness of wait staff and the ambiance

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Reviewer lbmcgivern
The service may not be the top but it's not bad either. I love the food, the helpfulness of wait staff and the ambiance

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Reviewer trishy9
I had calamari as a main meal size but found it very tough and not very well presented on the plate. When I mentioned I found it tough the waiter said he would tell the chef but I was offered no replacement or discount. The waiter passed my meal to me in front of another diner instead of bringing it around to my side. Also I think $30 for an very ordinary fish and chip meal is somewhat expensive.
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Had a very good experience at the Waterfront Cafe this weekend. We took a friend from Germany there for a farewell dinner, after going for a jetboat ride on the harbour. We were 9 nine adults, 3 children and 2 infants and they catered for our needs very well. They made us all feel welcome and no request was too much for the friendly staff. Food was good. It isn't a 5 star restaurant but is exactly as it claims - a bar and cafe serving really tasty food that's good value for money, with a great view of the water. A few of us had really nice steaks, which were all cooked just how we asked.
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Reviewer Helley
We went from Wellington to Auckland to celebrate my husbands 60th with friends & family and made such a good choice with this restaurant. Great service, great view, great atmosphere and we were all impressed with the food, everyone was happy their choice.
Thank you to all at The Waterfront, we will be back in the near future
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Reviewer Salby
Love love love the Waterfront Cafe! great for children which is hard to find in the city. Has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, awesome service & great fresh & tasty food. Really enjoyable!
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Reviewer JordanM
Have had many meals at the Waterfront restaurant & always loved it. Staff have always been friendly & the food is well priced for what you get.
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Reviewer dguy
Nice interior and friendly staff but the food is very low quality.

Frozen chips, fatty cheap meat.

My family and I all felt sick after eating at Waterfront Cafe.
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Reviewer ken3009
extremely racist. im indian sikh, didnt allow my headwear considering my religion, wont recommend to anyone. most racist club in auckland.
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With plenty of tables inside and outside, it was great to be able to get a waterfront seat, despite it being a busy Friday lunchtime. The waiter was great, making an effort to find us a table in a prime spot and ensuring we were comfortable and happy.

The menu offers a good variety including a great selection of gourmet sandwiches and some nice salads. I opted for entree prawns and was delighted that it was actually enough with the side salad, as a main. The smoked chicken Caesar salad was also great.

With good service, reasonable prices (for Auckland's viaduct anyway!) and great views, I'd definitely return to the Waterfront for a meal and/or a drink.
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Reviewer mitabeme
Great food , great service every time we have been to Waterfront Cafe...nice reliable place to go
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Reviewer jpots
we went to the waterfront cafe for my birthday. my mother and I had the lamb shanks and they were without doubt the worst lamb shanks I have ever tried. They had no flavour and were extremely tough, we practically had to saw the meat off the bones. We sent them back but were only offered another plate full of them which were no better. It is not hard to cook lamb shanks well and I was disgusted with the quality for such a nice looking restaurant. My husband had beef burritos which were filled with what was basically mince bolognaisse, not Mexican beef. I wouldn't eat here again if you paid me. If you do risk waterfront cafe, do not have the lamb shanks. I's have given no stars but the program didn't allow me to go below two.
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Reviewer Tavia
This place is great! The kids were so impressed with their Ice chocolates. All our coffees have different patterns on top, very pretty indeed. In love with the Seafood Chowder, its def the best chowder that i have ever had.
Service was good, the asian girl who served our table was really friendly and funny (not to mention pretty as well :D) All the other staff was very nice too. We enjoyed our meal n will def be going bck in the near future!
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Reviewer tiger1and2
great location with wonderful views. good service huge variety on the menu and nice food.
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Reviewer tactilefog
Good food during the day but as a bar/wannabe club at night it's an absolute nightmare. Crowded, hot, smelly and with long lines for drinks there really is no point coming in here on a Friday or Saturday night. You'll have more fun sitting on a bench by the water just metres away from the front door.
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Reviewer 3dcpu
You pay to get in for bouncers to grab your throat for no reason?? was having a good night until I got here waste of money and time.
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awesome place. set up a work dinner for about 30 people there everything went smoothly. great service didn't have to wait even though we had a big table

definitely would go back :o)
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Reviewer uds
Yum. We had brunch here and it was beautiful. Everything our
table ordered was wonderful. My husband and son were very
impressed with the burgers and well worth the money. The
service was fantastic and the atmosphere, vibrant and
enjoyable. We will definately be heading back here.
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Great Place the children love it. Outside seating for in the warm summer days. There is so much to choose form on the menu it will take you ages to make up your mind!!
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Reviewer hook
havent been here for a few years, when i did there was a $3 covercharge at the door, there was no band.. they still do this??

cool set up and bar with a view tho. might have to head in for another look.
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This stylish bar has a great menu. We found the serving staff very friendly and happy to set up a large table for our group.

Unfortunately, the manager is incredibly rude: he brooks no compromises and says so blatantly.

Would we go back again: probably not due to the manager
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Reviewer Anonymous
This Club is pumping!!! Love the lights, set-up and definitely the D.J!! Haven't tried the food yet, but at night if you want to dance this place should't be missed!!
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