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All reviews brunch dumplings eggs benny thick cut bacon scones fish and chips steak tartare salad local oysters bread bagels big breakfast excellent coffee blackboard menu thai sauce lovely view
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went as a family to have breakfast. Great choice, beautifully served and in an amazing location. The staff are friendly and the prices fair

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fabulous breakfast here - it was super tasty and the staff were really efficient. Would definitely return.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Russell to check out more of New Zealand’s history. Stopped at Butterfish for lunch. I had the King Prawn Liguine. Delicious, I would eat that meal again, so good. The staff and service were outstanding. Go there.......it’s worth it

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2020

My husband and I both had the Fish and chips which were great, good portion size and lovely staff, didn't manage a dessert as I was full although they did look delicious, they have a good selection of wine and offered a suggestion when we...went in, the prosecco was very drinkable, hubby had tea as he was driving.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 4 December 2020 via mobile

Ours was a late lunch in the courtyard at Butterfish, right beside the Bay of islands Swordfish Club. We came to Russell with the name of one dining venue ringing in our ears. It and the name Russell are synonymous but for us our lunch...at Butterfish will be our lasting memory. We had the dumplings and a steak sandwich. The menu is well balance fusion style that includes local oysters served as oysters should be, simply. Supplementing the menu is a very good range from the cabinet. This meal is very close to the best we have had in one of the many restaurants in Paihia. It has a local feel, local product prepared by a local chef. We have found that this has made a difference in this delightful area.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 3 December 2020

We ordered half a dozen oysters and prawn linguine. Excellent. Our only complaint was that the cafe was open in the morning and early afternoon -- good for lunch, but what about dinner!? We would have gone twice if it had been open in the...evening.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 14 November 2020 via mobile

We ordered the Big Breakfast and Eggs Benedict and it was delicious! We had been told Butterfish did the best Eggs Benedict in Russell and we weren't disappointed. Great food and sitting right on the waterfront made for a fantastic morning.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 23 October 2020

Stopped in for lunch and had our meal indoors as outside was so crowded (and warm). Service was good and our meals were too, and very big - too much for me

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2020 via mobile

Came in here with my husband for breakfast. Even though it was quite busy the service was great and done with a smile. The thick cut bacon was superb as we're the home-made baked beans.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 20 October 2020

Went to Butterfish in September with my partner expecting good food which everyone talks about only to be let down and disappointed. We ordered an ice chocolate to start with but when we received it only to be coffee which we don't drink. Next we...ordered the Big Breakfast and Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Benedict when it arrived my eggs were soft boiled and the hollandaise sauce tasted like it was from a jar. My partner had the Big Breakfast which his sausage was dry like it was left under a warmer all morning,soft boiled egg, Beans were also very dry, the mushroom wasn't cleaned as there was still dirt on it. After this experience we were told by locals to try again as this was very unusual for them so we did,this time just the cabinet food (american hotdog) and a fish burger, when we recieved our food 5 minutes apart from one another, it was disappointing again. For the Fish n Chips the batter was good, but the fish was average, and seasoning was non-existent. Also the tartar sauce tasted of nothing. Then came the American Hot dog which was smothered in dijon mustard which overpowered every other component not to mention it was luke warm therefore the cheese was still cold. Wont be going back again very dissatisfied.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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