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“Hidden gem in Russell”

Russell Bar & Bistro
Ranked #11 of 30 Restaurants in Russell
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Reviewed 22 February 2019 via mobile

Staying with friends and decided to go to Swordfish Club. Brilliant location, bistro menu is adequate and yummy. Order from the bar, did not take long for meals to come. Didn't break the bank, drinks cheap. Highly recommend for a causal outing.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

On a visit to Russell were recommended The Swordfish Club, very exited to get a veranda table with our Kiwi friends, fantastic location overlooking the water. Ordered our food which took an absolute age to arrive. I had the ribs which were tasty but were lukewarm to say the least were so hungry by then just ate it. 5 minutes later my wife’s burger arrived piping hot so they can do it. Very disappointed, a little apology before hand would not go a mis rather than apology when delivered saying they had a lot of orders.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 February 2019

We were lucky enough to get a table on the verandah for dinner, which on a warm but rainy evening was perfect!! The staff were lovely and the food was excellent!! The fish and chips were fantastic, as was the calamari starter!! This restaurant was cheaper than the others on the waterfront and the food was just as good, if not better than the others we tried here!!! Highly recommend going here!!!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 15 January 2019

We had the best service ever here. We visited the day before to see if they could take 14 people that evening. They said yes, but we realised that the ribs were out of stock which would have been a popular choice - so we booked for the next night. The next day our group grew by 5 people, no problem they made our table for 19! When we arrived and started ordering at the bar they said the ribs were out of stock,,, much disappointment only to realise that they had been saving the ribs for our table ( - person at counter had been telling others out of stock!). Amazing. They were then very helpful with changes to the menu, vegetarian options and GF etc. Great guys!

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 11 January 2019

Had some drinks here over the Christmas break, which was lovely sitting on the balcony, soaking in the Russell atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Decided to go back for dinner another night, but were quite disappointed with the food, which was very average and basic and took a very long time to arrive to the table. Liked the place but not the food, shame this has so much more potential.

Date of visit: December 2018
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