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US$6 - US$30
New Zealand, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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All reviews brunch nasi goreng pork dumplings calamari toasted bread scones fish and chips steak great coffee a late lunch super tasty great spot fantastic views lovely lunch tasty food new zealand cabinet
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for brunch and coffee right on the waterfront at Russell. Good selection of cabinet food and a great place for a group or family brunch/lunch

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good range of menu and cabinet outings. We enjoyed some great scones and slice in a comfortable setting. Functional staff.

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 24 May 2022

Loved the calamari and the seafood chowder. Service was friendly and helpful. We went with two families for dinner and managed to get the best table looking out on the water. Everyone was impressed with their meal.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 27 April 2022

Lovely to sit right in front of the water, service was efficient and food came out quite quickly, wine local beer and bubbly rose were lovely. Could not eat it all seafood chowder and Nasi Goreng, they kindly put it in a takeaway container for...usMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 6 April 2022

Would not accept my govt legal Excemption for not wearing so our group went and found some where more sensibly user friendly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date of visit: April 2022
Colin S, Owner at Butterfish, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2022

A group of 3 people. All refusing to pop a mask on for a few minutes whilst you order. Protecting our staff is my priority not your totally legit exemption or 3!

Reviewed 19 February 2022

I never experienced this before! I approached the coffee shop with the intention of getting takeaway coffees. There was a large aisle board outside announcing great coffee & food. All large windows & doors were open. When I entered & ordered our takeaway coffees, a...young woman rudely told me there is no coffee & they are closed. Accepting this, I asked her about using their toilet. She responded with a sour face that they have no public toilets. Pointing out that I wanted to order coffees, but there were none & the cafe suddenly was closed, despite everything being wide open & advertised as such, I stated I would have been a customer. She was very rude again but told me were the toilets were. Afterwards, when I expressed my upset with her behaviours & attitude she started to argue with me ... until I left thourougly upset! It seems like a minor incidence but those 15 minutes or so soured the rest of my otherwise lovely afternoon in Russell. It would be great if her manager would have a talk with her about customer service & treatment ... She was a local (she told me), in her 20s & Maori. Kia Ora & nga mihi (from Whangarei) Not a good presentation to potential Kiwi travelers & international tourists!More

Date of visit: February 2022
Colin S, Owner at Butterfish, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2022

I have 3 staff members that tell a different story and concur you were the officious rude one. I'm Sorry you visited us after we were closed. The Barista had left for an appointment so there were "no coffee makers" on site. The girls were...More

Reviewed 14 February 2022 via mobile

Fantastic selection of food including cabinet food options . Great coffee and right by the water in the village for a peaceful and pleasant dining experience

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 21 December 2021 via mobile

We've had an awesome Kai here today. Kids menu was great and my wife and I are from the specials board. The coffee was nice and I really enjoyed my cup of tea and the slices were to die for! Thank you

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 15 November 2021

Consistently good coffee. Had hot chips with aioli best I I have had for sometime., ( although the menu is far more extensive) Scrumptious looking cabinet food, including scones and muffins. friendly staff, beautiful decor, fantastic views

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 27 July 2021 via mobile

Visited for lunch. Great food - lots of home made food in cabinet plus yummy menu. Great coffee, friendly staff. Cafe across the road from water.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Butterfish is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5