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Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Sponsored by: Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Great beach side cafe
1. Great beach side cafe
"I love the views over Lyall Bay"
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2. Delicious baking
2. Delicious baking
"One of the best cafes in Wellington"
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3. Excellent coffee
3. Excellent coffee
"Great coffee, perfect porridge and staff"
MaryAnne E
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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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
European, Cafe, New Zealand
Parking Available, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Maranui SLC is a bit out of town near the airport and while we have been to Wellington on many occasions, this was a first being taken by local friends. If you get the chance, give it a go. Food, service,, atmosphere etc are all...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ian A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast here on a Sunday morning. Already knew it would be busy. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, they let me make mine up with sides and my partner had the bean wrap which was a very generous serving. Coffees were perfect and served how they’re...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank MikeNFe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really can't beat Maranui on a good day! Been here multiple times now and always impressed with the great food and amazing milkshakes. Good variety on the menu with something for everyone, caters well to vegan and gluten free. Worth the wait if theres...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Orla H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I come here often to meet friends or family. The food is always fresh and good. There is a wide range of drink options. Wonderful views from the window of Lyall Bay and on still sunny days it is nice to go out on to...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

Came here for brunch the other day, absolutely LOVED it. I’d heard the best things about this cafe and it well and truly lived up to its hype. Beautiful food and excellent, friendly service. Very accommodating staff no matter how busy, and a beautiful seaside...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank foodiegalpal
Reviewed 17 January 2019

I love how this place is always buzzing. Lots of people but not so loud you can't talk across the table. If you get the right table the views are very cool out across the Cook Strait. Overall though this reminds me of old style...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MurrayP550
Reviewed 16 January 2019

My friend and I had a great time when we visited Maranui before the New Year’s day. It was lunch time when we get there. The place was extremely busy and the queue was long. We waited until it was our turn to order. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank bella943
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

Greeted at the door by incredible Tom the maître d’ on a very busy Saturday. 10 minute wait to be seated, didn’t matter as so much to see, keeping you entertained. 30 minute wait to eat, but again, didn’t matter - view of Lyall Bay...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank annalE2876DR
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, we are so glad you enjoyed your self yesterday. We will see you again soon. Thanks x

Reviewed 5 January 2019

This cafe has always been on my list of must-dos, with the lunch ques constantly snaking out their doorway, the general who's who in Wellington giving this establishment rave reviews and of course you can't go past the location! As we arrived at 2:15 the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank gregcockerill
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

Hey, Thanks for the review and feed back on your trip to Marnaui. I've taken down your feed back on the food to pass onto the chef so we can hopefully not let this happen again. Your waitress should of offered drinks to start and...More

Reviewed 2 January 2019

Beautiful little cafe with great food, for your average breakfast. Staff do a great job at managing customer's expectations, there is a sign at the stairs to reassure customers that if there is a line on the stairs that it only takes 10-15 to clear....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PMayy
Tom W, General Manager at Maranui Surf Lifesaving Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

Thanks for the great review. We are happy you enjoyed your time at Marnaui. The wifi went down on Christmas week, it was a nightmare of timing. It's all up and running now. See again next time. Thanks

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Hannah R
22 July 2017|
Response from Tom W | 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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