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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

$$ - $$$European, Cafe,
7 Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
+64 4-387 4539
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Overview
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (74 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (21 reviews)
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CUISINES
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
7 Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe
1. Great beach side cafe
"I love the views over Lyall Bay"
Emma
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2. Delicious baking
"One of the best cafes in Wellington"
P468VTianw
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3. Excellent coffee
"Great coffee, perfect porridge and staff"
MaryAnne E
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1 - 10 of 506 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This cafe is one of the best I’ve been to in Wellington. The place runs like clock work and the staff are amazing and efficient. The views are wonderful overlooking the south coast. The food is fresh, tasty, well presented and arrived promptly. The coffee...More

Thank Alipa50
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Visited the bays in the area and decided to try this cafe - so pleased we did. The place was very busy (12.30), but we managed to get a seat near the windows with great views over the bay. Was told there would be 20...More

1  Thank Tiara2
bronwynk57, Owner at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Hey Thanks heaps for your kind review! Glad you enjoyed it and hopefully we will see you at night another time! Cheers

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I came here for breakfast and expected it to be very busy - to my delight it was happily bustling but I got a table immediately. I think I may have stolen a regular diner’s spot ... oops. Anyway - my meal was lovely -...More

Thank Ali_Hawkins
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had breakfast here. Food and coffee didn't disappoint. The view is lovely on a good day and I will definitely go back!

Thank alicegrey2018
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for nice review. Hopefully see you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great big hearty breakfast with a lovely scenic view, friendly staff and a good breakfast coffee deal for 18$ on Tuesdays . Can't say fairer than that ! Also the Bloody Mary was one of the best I've had ! Nice one Maranui !...More

Thank paz andrew P
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review. Excellent choices you made when you came to visit. See you next time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is typical of a cafe, but the view makes it special. The location is ideal to watch the waves tool in, the windsurfers jump and the plans take off. The staff is warm and friendly. The atmosphere is congenial. this is great place...More

Thank waiake1
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review. See you next time. Thanks

Reviewed 13 August 2018

This big laid back cafe was heaving when we arrived but super efficient floor manager informed us it would only be a fifteen minute wait though apologised for anticipated wait for food of 45-50mins. My brother was keen to stay and in fact we were...More

Thank Sara S
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Thanks for the great review, we our glad you stuck around and enjoyed it. See you again soon. Thanks

Reviewed 4 August 2018

This place is busy on the weekend but is definitely worth a visit. Coffee and food amazing. Arrive early to ensure you get a table.

Thank Gem9294
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thanks for the great review. We love our coffee and food. See you again.

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Incredible food and service Beautiful views and atmosphere Sooo many food options for dietary requirements Sometimes a long wait on food in weekends but just goes to show how good it is!!

Thank Sherpa749398
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thanks for the great review. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere and spectacular views are not enough. It’s a Wellington icon and it would be amazing if the service and food matched the views. Only a small detail, but hot coffee served in glasses you can’t pick up is not good. My half heated...More

2  Thank Steve D
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

We’re really sorry about your disappointing visit to Marnaui and thanks for bringing this to our attention. We would like to offer you a voucher to use in the cafe to Apolagise for this. Send me an email with your details and I’ll get one...More

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Response from Lyallbay2018 | Property representative |
Hi. We can happily accommodate your dog outside (perhaps up on our rear dack) but unfortunately as we are upstairs it is not really appropriate to bring the dog upstairs into the main cafe - unless it was a Guide Dog... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Meals
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Lyall Parade | Lyall Bay, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-387 4539
  • E-mail
Description
Beach side cafe offering delicious breakfast and lunch options. Also now open for Dinners Friday and Saturdays - serving tasty snacks, pizzas, Local craft beers & New Zealand wines. Family friendly with relaxed casual dining.
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