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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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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (73 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (21 reviews)
Opens in 12 min
European, Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
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"
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2. Delicious baking
"One of the best cafes in Wellington"
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3. Excellent coffee
"Great coffee, perfect porridge and staff"
MaryAnne E
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1 - 10 of 497 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Think I’ve been here at least 100 times in the last 7 years. Every time I’ve got great service and great food which is a tremendous credit to the team and the way the place is organised with a real positive vibe by the staff...More

Thank Gary_55T
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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 3 days ago

What a cool cafe! Had been recommended by a friend and it was awesome. A cool interior, fantastic views of the surfers and the planes landing across at the airport. The food was excellent and had a wide range of brunch type foods. Definitely a...More

Thank Duncan M
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the great review. See you again soon x

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great location right on the beach and a big bay window looking across the bay. It was the weekend. They were really busy - room to sit but we were advised it would be a 30 to 40 minute wait for food off the menu....More

Thank Stew54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful place that feels like the beach, even in winter. We visited on a cold, rainy & windy day, but the cafe reminded my of summer. It’s got great funky decor, excellent service & good coffee. We were seated by the window & the...More

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

Hey, Thanks for the review. We’re glad you enjoyed it. See you again soon x

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been a number of times as you can always find a park and view of beach and bay are spectacular and on a windy day shows the south coast at it's worst.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maranui for breakfast is always a winner, if you can get a table. Very popular spot, fantastic location, very friendly staff, great coffee and drinks and of course the food is awesome

Thank ericmS5025LP
Lyallbay2018, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey, Thanks for the kind review. We are glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully see you again soon Cheers x

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Maranui Surf Lifesaving Café is a safe bet for something to eat (and drink) on the south coast of Wellington. The view of the ocean can be night and day different between visits but the food and service is always the same - excellent.

Thank Sean O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maranui is good at any time and in any weather. We particularly like sitting by the window, watching ferries ply the strait and aircraft movements at the airport - both are good in heavy weather. A good range of cabinet and menu food is available...More

Thank BellsNZ
Reviewed 2 May 2018

We visited yesterday for lunch and have been many times over the years. The menu is nice and varied. We felt the food standard although good had slipped a little. We will be back again but think the standard of meals previously enjoyed needs to...More

Thank John M
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Questions & Answers
Hannah R
22 July 2017|
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
  • Value
Average prices
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
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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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