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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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New Zealand
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whilst on holiday in the Bay of Islands in January 2017, we wanted to have our usual meal at the Duke of Marlborough in Russell, having had really nice experiences previously. This beautiful historic building has a special sophisticated though friendly ambience, having lots of amazing old photos, decor etc inside. We have not stayed in the accommodation so can't... More 

Thank Jim E
Burnley, United Kingdom
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434 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If it was not for the location this would have been terrible. We called for drinks in the afternoon, and booked a table for dinner over looking the water. Service was a little slow, but we didn't mind as we were enjoying the ambience and views, as there was a singer providing entertainment. It went worse when our food arrived.... More 

Thank Richard T
Johannesburg, South Africa
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our family had a great lunch at this establishment. It has a lovely open verandah overlooking the water and has a great vibe

Thank Kathy W
Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a long weekend in Russell last Saturday and this place looked great! There was a wedding on so very busy and expected a wait! The rude maitre d lady said 1 hour which was fine so we had a drink and waited around 25 mins! Great food and service was good. Came back on Sunday at 6.30 and... More 

Thank Lfillo89
Cambridge, Ontario
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171 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped by for an early dinner. We both decided on a bowl of the seafood chowder. At $18.50 a bowl we expected a lot better and it not to be served with really stale bread.

Thank John W
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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367 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty of tables for outdoor dining, usually have pleasant live music. Food is good, reasonable portions, pleasant service. Worth a couple of visits.

Thank HKinsey
San Francisco
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235 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am quite happy that we followed previous reviewers and came to dinner at the restaurant, located on The Strand with views out across the bay. My wife was quite pleased with her local fish dinner, and I was glad to have the pork fillet; there was ample food. The calamari salad was also a nice dish. The quality of... More 

Thank travelin_tommy
Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to sit and watch the sun set. Staff was a bit inconsistent with rules of where customers could sit. All in all, nice place.

Thank NevaBug
Brackley, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good, four stars, although the oysters were thin, small and badly opened with shell in two out of six. Service was two stars: we were shown to a table in a corner at the back of the conservatory by the guy on reception duty, but he apparently didn't let the waiters know we were there so we waited... More 

Thank 4m0rgans
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We. We're a group of four, our table was reserved and although the restaurant was busy service was efficient friendly and knowledgeable All in all a very good experience at reasonable cost at least for New Zealand

Thank Alan750

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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?