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“Dinning in style and a museum of history.”
Review of Diggers Restaurant

Diggers Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 23 Restaurants in Russell
Price range: US$4 - US$17
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Come and enjoy relaxed dining in the warm, friendly environment of the local Russell RSA. We serve good, wholesome food at very reasonable prices. Dine in the Restaurant or outside in the covered courtyard. A childrens menu is available and there's even a toy box to keep the little ones amused too.
Petaluma, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Dinning in style and a museum of history.”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Just returned from our trip to New Zealand and wanted to be sure to review this wonderful restaurant. (We dinned on 11th November.)
Digger’s is in the RSA building, just a block off the main seaside frontage road.
We just happened to walk by Diggers and showed up just in time for their dinner hours.
This building houses the RSA, (Returning Serviceman Association) what we in America would call a “Veteran’s Building.” The rooms and halls are filled with military history books, pictures and other memorabilia. Just to stroll through is a treat see all of the history, but the food is a bonus. You will find some of the best values here for a meal, plus the food was delicious as well as a beautiful presentation. I took a picture, our meals were so gorgeous. But I don’t know how to add it to this review, sorry. Even the plates had the name of the building glazed in it like fine china, with the military seal.
My husband had a tenderloin chicken dish and I had the pumpkin soup, and we shared both. Also enjoyed some wine from their bar. The local club members were very friendly,
and offered advise as to what other interesting things there were to see in the area. We watched the television and chatted casually while enjoying such a wonderful ambiance.
A very friendly staff in the kitchen, who really care about pleasing their patrons.
If you are looking to find the perfect spot for dinner while in Russell, please don’t miss the chance to enjoy Digger’s. They welcome everyone and you don’t have to be a club member.

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Torquay, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent dinning experience”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Everything in Russell claims to be the oldest or first in New Zealand, which makes sense given the first european settlers based themselves here. However if you want to see some genuine local history make sure you grab an evening at Diggers Restaurant.

Firstly, and most importantly, the food is amazing, nicely cooked and exceptionally priced. The menu whilst not extensive caters for all tastes and they had night specials if there wasn't something that jumped off the page for you.

Being based in the local RSA you get a real sense of the history of Russell. Those who have fought for and in some cases made the greatest sacrifices for her freedom. There is a multitude of history on the walls that really does tell a different side to this lovely little town.

I thoroughly enjoyed my evening here, great food and great atmosphere.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Dswiftnz
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Jamaica
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302 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Stay with the special”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

Sunday night and we enjoyed the roast pork special. RSA being a service men's benevolent organization. Everyone we meet from the bartender, the lady of the house and the serving staff were great people and a lot of fun. Couple that with a great meal and some beer on the side - it makes for nice memories. Remember this is a local Legion so don't expect fancy decor etc.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank im44
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“improvements needed”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

have eaten here many times - at the start the meals were great but sadly have noticed a decline - especially in the quality. Meals are not cheap - best description here is "you get what you pay for" Best to select the "home type" fare. Avoid the steaks and fish as I found them too often disappointing

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank carolinastravels
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Bay of Islands
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best family resturant in Russell”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Been several times for dinner, both alone and with family and/or friends. Never long waiting for order to arrive, and always great value for money, will satisfy even the best hearty appetite with a menu of sweets that will just finish the evening off with that desire to come again and again.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank RadioZMH310
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