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Duke of Marlborough

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Bar, Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly
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35 The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7829
11:30 - 22:30
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Duke is always somewhere I love to visit whenever I visit the bay of islands. The atmosphere was always good as usual, singer outside the restaurant , beautiful evening and etc. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful with our table request . Food was fantastic, oysters were fresh , carpaccio was amazing, salt and pepper calamari was all... More 

Thank faye0112
Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place, nice spot but too much of a machine. Service is ok but way too fast. Feels like highly commercial and its all about turnover of the table. Their lamb recipe is to die for. So was the desert menu.

Thank cees33
Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to stop after a morning cruise visiting The Hole in the Rock. Helpful staff set up a table for us, even though they were already pretty full. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was relaxed.

Thank davemW9571WM
London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Located on the waterfront, with views across the bay, the menu has an enticing range of fresh seasonal products. An extensive selection of NZ beers and wines is available. Service is swift and cheerful.

Thank borrum
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great relaxed and down to earth place serving really nice meals at good price. Feels like you have stepped back in time to those old country pubs you recall from your youth.

Thank StarfishDave
New Zealand
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As the sun goes down over the water, there can surely be no more perfect spot than at the waterfront bar of the Duke of Marlborough with a drink in hand, listening to the mellow music coming from the live performer in the Duke's beachside music gazebo. There are a number of tables right on the water and also tables... More 

Thank MarGoNewZealand
Tauranga, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We dined on the deck Tuesday evening 10 January. The whole experience was simply superb, i.e. the weather, the setting, the ambience, the food, the wine, the service, and the incredible staff who are all so attentive, efficient and attractive. Highly recommended.

Thank barrynesdale
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

How did we land in the lap of the gods? Lunch one day and dinner another. Fine dining, wine. A setting you can only dream of-the beach, boats, the bay of islands, sunset at dinner, live music and family. Truly a magnificent experience. The lamb shared plate is magnificent. A very special dinner

Thank Helen O
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Decided to stop in here for dinner during our stay in Russell and wow!! My partner is a chef, so very fussy when it comes to food, especially steak and even he was impressed. The steak was cooked to perfection, so tender, juicy and succulent. He also had the oysters for an entree and commented on how good they were.... More 

1 Thank Monique S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent New Year's Eve here for a meal and fire works. Lovely charm and atmosphere. Would recommend.

Thank Tracy R

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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
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
Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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