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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff went above and beyond to make our evenings go well. The food was amazing. The restaurant has a gorgeous setting with lovely views of the sunsetting over Kapiti Island.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024 via mobile

Friday night and the atmosphere was amazing. Can’t fault the great staff that were on that night. It was packed and yet they took everything in their stride. Our group wanted to talk and the bar/restaurant area was loud and we had a family member...that couldn’t sit on the stools, the friendly accomodating staff very quickly remedied this and found us a table further back in the restaurant. One of us is vegan and they have a dedicated tasty menu! A fun night was had. The view is crazy beautiful - especially at sunset.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 January 2024

Meal sizes were quite small and of average quality. The meals were definitely over-priced. We were given a drinks menu which did not include any non-alcoholic drinks. We asked and then were given some options but felt we were not given a good range of...choices. The atmosphere and ambience inside the restaurant were plain. The sea views were limited. We won't be going again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 11 January 2024

Great location, food portions small and quite pricey for what you get. Ok quality. Had drinks in bar first and told waiting person we had table booked for later for dinner, and every 10 minutes she came over and asked if we wanted a snack,...pretty annoying. I also really hate having my plate taken away as soon as i have finished eating, and my partner is still eating - its very bad form !!They also took all the napkins away at that point so my partner didnt have one.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Was with a friend for lunch. Good options on the menu. Good drinks list too. Very busy. I had the eggs Benedict which I enjoyed. Lovely sea view. Only downside really is the building itself and decor.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

Food was amazing as always, service fantastic, and fabulous friendly staff. Always struggle to order as all is great.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

Interesting customer service .. One of our 14 was handed a glass of water and told no alcohol after ordering his meal. As a group of 8 kids and 6 adults - having just been on a family fun bowling trip - happy - SOBER...& hungry. Food service was a little messy but everyone was mostly happy with their meals - however I recommend you skip the $30 burgers if the kids are hungry! Given the embarrassment caused at the table when the afore mentioned large glass of water was delivered by a loudly vocal, judgmental man.. One of the adult alcoholic drinks was served to an 8 year old child as a ‘spider’ and there was no apology made. The burgers were tiny - and one of them raw in the centre.. (one was subsequently removed from the menu.) The experience couldn’t have been more memorable in a negative way.. profiling people or making a judgment on someone’s character in-front of an audience is not only dated but bad for business. Maybe management should have considered the time of year - and the fact that most our party was made up of children before making any judgments.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2023

Meal was fantastic. Apps never came and then we were offered dessert which never came. Server just disapeared . They are clearly struggling.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

This was the 3rd visit in as many weeks, we always enjoy the food and wine. The staff are amazing. But I was disturbed today when the bill came to the table with a tipping option, we are in New Zealand for a minute I...thought I was back In South Africa where staff need the tip to survive. I didn't tip, but I know many would have felt as uncomftable as me and may have succumbed. We don't want to encourage this in New Zealand or am I wrong.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

I booked a table at the Waterfront Bar, two weeks in advance, for my husband's birthday. We arrived and were given a table next to the entrance and adjacent to the toilets. The door to the toilets closes with a loud bang. We asked for...a replacement and were eventually given a bar table on the covered veranda. So much for booking in advance for a good table. The food was terrible. My vegetarian order had a maximum of a dollar's worth of vegetables in it - it consisted mainly of rice. It was a miserly serving, over salted and grossly overpriced. We left as soon as we could, feeling very disappointed with the quality of the food and ripped off. I don't believe this place cares about the food it churns out, they are concentrating on providing drinks. More money, less effort. The people at the next table to us were so tanked up, I don't believe they would have cared what the food tasted like. Nice view, or what you can see of it through the plastic awning. Okay service.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023

The first thing I will say is the kitchen was efficient. Second thing is the view is great. That is where it ends, because the service from the staff was either great or unfriendly, depending on each staff member. The main issue was the price...of the set menu. The menu stated that you could have either $59 starter and main, or $64 for main and desert, or $79 for all 3. On paper all good. But because across the group some people did the three course , which consisted of Shared antipasto, main and desert, all of us got charged the 3 course price!!! This was a total rip off and absolutely disgusting. When staff were questions, they got grumpy. Not sure why because there menu did not say if one person did the $79 option, that we would all get charged that price!!!! Then let's talk the food. Well it was nice without being stellar. The portion size was small and the dessert was very poor, both in size and taste. The lamb was best on offer. Would I go back , No.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 November 2023

Served for drinks quickly, then had to wait a while to order food. We had to chase up after 30mins to get an update on ETA for our mains, missing potatos with steak (very amateur from the kitchen), poor follow up and attention to our...table from FOH. The Cevicha was terrible, not seasoned, inappropriate (blue moki) fish used. This place is trying to be fine dining based on the price, but is far from that with the service and food. Something has gone wrong here with the Menu, staff and attitude in the last 6 months, as I did have a very nice experience 6 months ago. Very disappointing, and as such I won't be back. Currently the only thing this place has going for it is the location and views.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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The Waterfront Management, Other at Waterfront Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2024

I'm sorry to hear you didn't have a great experience with us! It sounds like we really dropped the ball! Reviews like yours are really important for us to learn where we're going wrong and how we can improve - so thank you for taking...More

Reviewed 17 November 2023 via mobile

Fabulous tasty food with plenty of interesting choices. Wonderful attentive and knowledgeable service. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Not having had a confirmation of our booking request, we decided to go anyway at the time we had requested. The Management were very embarrassed and apologetic. They treated us very well. When seated we chose our meals and they arrived promptly. Considering how busy...they were it was good to have such good service. The food was delicious and plentiful. We had a desert to share as the main was so filling. The coffee could have been hotter. We do recommend this Bar/Restaurant. A good variable menu with great service and gorgeous views from the deck.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

Family visit with friends from Wellington, we had a long lunch on a Saturday and it was a real treat. Good service, really good food, the place was full and busy so service was a bit slow but overall a very good experience.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Kami Reynolds, Other at Waterfront Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2023

Thanks for your honest review - we definitely get very busy over the weekends, especially if the weather is good! We think our team is as amazing as our view! Hopefully with our amazing new renovations (and brand new, bigger kitchen), we will be a...More

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Hi there yes bookings for large groups need to done, and would still recommend for large groups or couples
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Waterfront Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4