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Duke of Marlborough

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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
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Travellers' Choice
Located right on the waterfront in Russell. Serving up delectable delights for lunch and dinner the Duke of Marlborough Restaurant is at the heart of this historical hotel. The menu showcases locally sourced seasonal produce, presenting a new take on classic favourites. Dine inside, on the terrace or in the garden.
US$9 - US$67
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bar, Seafood, New Zealand, Contemporary
Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I had a Lovely stay at the Duke The room was stunning, with a balcony overlooking the water The food was delicious and the service was great. Nothing was too much trouble. My husband went fishing and the chef was kind enough...to cook his catch for our lunch that day Highly recommend staying here and we will be backMore

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here Saturday night, and once again were impressed with our meals. We are from Opua and moved here 12 months ago, so we eat here semi-regularly. We have always been impressed with the food. Service was very fast and most staff were excellent...(one waitress was a little aloof, but still efficient).More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pleased that we chose The Duke to celebrate my wife's birthday last Tuesday. The meal was excellent as was the service and we look forward to a return to what must be one of the loveliest dinner settings in the Bay of Islands.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

once again the Duke plates beautiful food, The new menu is perfect, The staff very friendly and helpful. One of my fav or places to dine, and the new pink paintwork looks fabulous.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took another couple with us to dinner last night. Excellent food and very good service. All the tables were well apart to comply with the Covid 19 restrictions. The oysters were very good, the fish was great and the steak and Pork ribs were...all commented on. Thanks again for the good service and great atmosphere for a good meal.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have never been disappointed with the food and again, it was amazing! Beautiful fish and plenty. We ordered a side dish but didn't need as there was plenty and struggled to eat it all. The desert was incredible - best cheesecake we have had....Meal spaced out well so didn't feel rushed. The serving staff were very friendly and pleasant. Was lovely dining in the restaurant (due to Covid seating restrictions), was quiet felt like we had the place to ourselves.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

What an amazing place. I had no idea that it was right on the waterfront with a view over the wharf and Harbour. We had lunch here 😋 and both chose fish and chips, which were some of the best I have ever eaten, crisp...and delicious, with a lovely salad and dressing. The service was efficient and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this iconic Russell hotel.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 13 August 2021

Beautiful setting, friendly and helpful staff, good food. Best fish I have had in a long time. Generous portions, I don't think most people would need side dishes, we ordered but could not finish.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 11 August 2021 via mobile

Had read about the historical significance of the hotel in the area so thought it would be worth a visit. Went in at lunch time, although we didn’t have a booking, we were seated straight away. Lots of busy tables already. Most people seemed to...be having a seafood dish. We both had the beer battered fish and chips=it was absolutely delicious! Could not fault it. Fresh fish, light batter, salty chips and a yummy dressing on the salad. Had a ‘tropical’ mocktail, it was sweet and refreshing- definitely recommend. Two drinks and two lunch meals came in at $78, a little pricey for me but we enjoyed it all the same.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 26 July 2021 via mobile

We had an enjoyable night at the Duke. Food & service were nice. Was surprised at casual dress of staff as not as impressed as our last visit over 10 yrs ago.

Date of visit: June 2021
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26 June 2021|
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Response from DUKERUS | Property representative |
Hi - no sorry, Christmas day we are shut to the public. Open for guests staying at the Hotel
28 January 2018|
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Response from goldy538 | Reviewed this property |
people turn up from the beach in casual clothes and relaxed.i found they also had gluten free options so im sure they will have vegetarian too!!! a really lovely place.enjoy/
28 January 2018|
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Response from macmom4 | Reviewed this property |
It’s a pretty casual place so I don’t think there is a dress code. It’s a Tavern with salads and such so vegetarian items likely available
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Yes, Duke of Marlborough is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Duke of Marlborough is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5