Best restaurants in Paihia & Russell

We have selected our top picks for the “Best restaurants in Paihia, and Russell.”  Frequented by both locals and international visitors alike.
All our recommendations serve high quality food, professional service accompanied by local Northland wines and New Zealand Craft Beers.

Even the locals drink & Dine here

Tipsy Oyster Kings Rd

All the best finds are off the beaten track, so venture off the main street and head to Paihia’s newest tapas and bar, one of the locals favourite spots. With fresh local oysters & fusion tapas, good food & good vibes.
WARNING! Our food will take you on a roller coaster ride of flavours from South East Asia,India, Middle East and beyond. We believe in simple food done right.. fusion of flavors.. colours & good vibes

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A poular choice of the locals and its BYO

Greens Indian & Thai

Greens traditional indian & thai cuisine – Our menu offers a wide range of Asian, Indian and Thai specialties such as Chicken Kadai, Lamb Kadai, Beef Curry and many more. You can dine in our restaurant or order online from us by clicking the ORDER ONLINE button and we will deliver our delicious food directly to your front door. We look forward to serving you

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Locally known as "JFC's"

Just Fish & Chips

Just Fish & Chips has the simple aim of providing just good, honest fresh fish & chips. Another point of difference are the delicious crunchy chips which are handmade at the restaurant. Produce is sourced locally, so always uses the freshest of ingredients. At JFC’s you can dine in or takeaway and they are fully licensed.

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Great affordable Dining

legends Restaurant

Legends Restaurant is located at The Paihia Club  – you don’t need to be a club member. On arrival you will be signed in by a friendly local. We offer a spacious seated dining room.
Legends Restaurant’s menu brings a local and gastro take on traditional bistro-style food. Legends is a family-friendly restaurant (all kids meals include a free sundae), with an affordable seasonable menu using high quality, fresh ingredients

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Great location, great food

Zane Greys & Dock Restaurant

If you are looking for a restaurant in Paihia to experience the views of the Bay of Islands while you enjoy the best that the Bay has to offer, you can’t go past Zane Grey’s. Or just relax on the Dock

Locally sourced ingredients, assembled by our talented chefs and delivered to you by our fantastic front of house team.

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On the wharf

Charlotte's

Charlotte’s Kitchen, established in 2015 brings a fresh approach to dining in the Bay of Islands  –  with the best location and  killer view right at the end of the wharf, she can’t be missed if you are visiting these parts.  The locals love it!
Charlotte’s Kitchen features a range of exciting menu options – from their signature free range pork knuckle to their delicious pan seared Northland market fish plus a hand crafted pizza selection.

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Great live music Sunday afternnon's

Al Fresco's

Open everyday from 8.00am with a simple aim to serve fantastic food, great coffee, delicious desserts and outstanding service. Our menu has a wide selection  of freshly prepared seafood as well as plenty of options for the carnivores and vegetarian amongst us. We offer a fully licensed bar serving a great range of New Zealand wines and beers as well as international favourites, perfect to compliment your meal or for a casual drink.

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A great Burger Selection at affordable prices

Thirty 30 Craft Beer Bar

We specialise in house-made burgers at Thirty 30 offering a range to tempt your taste buds. Also on offer is our delicious fish & chips with other seasonal specials. Take a look at our menu & pop in for a burger & beer.
We are passionate about beer & source some of the best New Zealand craft beers available including beers from Parrotdog, Hawkes Bay Breweries, Moa,  Behemoth, Sawmill, Croucher, Garage project, Sunshine & Northlands finest……McLeod’s, BOI Brewery & Phat House

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Fresh fish & Asian Dishes. Takeaway or dine in

Paihia Fish & Chips

Fresh fish everyday:
Snapper – Gurnard – Hapuka – Bluenose – Hoki – Flounder & Lemonfish
Also offering a range of fresh seafood and asian style dishes to takeaway
Located 39 Willims Road, Paihia

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A relaxing cruise to haruru falls & barbecue dining

Darryl's Dinner Cruise

For the Bay of Islands’ best night out join Darryl’s Dinner Cruise for an extra special, leisurely 2/12 hour cruise up the Waitangi River to the Haruru Falls. Take in the superb coastal scenery and wildlife and enjoy a stunning 2 course dinner with a distinctive New Zealand flavour, whilst sipping a drink served from our fully licensed bar.

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A feast for the whole family

Jimmy Jacks Ribshack

If our subtle charcoal smoked beef burgers don’t make Jimmy Jack’s a favourite, then our healthy range of food will – with our salads, sizzle plates and vegetarian options. We have the most loved desserts, steaks, slow smoked favourites, fresh breads & seafood, right through to the largest selection of Rib boards. Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack and Craft Bar has your love for great food on a plate…
9 Williams Road, Paihia

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First Class Dining Experience

Terra Restaurant

‘A central neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Paihia. We look forward to sharing our passion for modern dining, global cooking techniques, food sustainability and the unique ingredients of the stunning Far North of New Zealand. Plus amazing views across the Paihia waterfront, bay of islands’

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Grab a Coffee & Savoury

Third Wheel Coffee Co

Third Wheel Vending is a small, cosy cafe tucked away in Paihia serving up specialty coffee and home baked goods. With a focus on delicious brews of Flight Coffee (roasted in Wellington). Third Wheel is fitted out for relaxing and catching up coffee house style. You’ll find it down the lane next to the Swordfish Club, a stone’s throw from the main street of Paihia and the beautiful waterfront.

Places to eat in russell

catch the ferry to Russell

Duke of Marlborough

With two lovely decks overlooking the water, two restaurant spaces and a charming garden bar the Duke restaurant can’t be beaten for location, or for that matter food! 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 favorites.

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The Gables

The Gables is New Zealand’s oldest operating restaurant, built from pit-sawn Kauri in 1847 on whalebone foundations. Back then, Russell or Kororāreka as it was known was nothing like the charming seaside town of today.  Dishes are designed to showcase New Zealand and particularly the Far North’s outstanding produce. Head Chef Stefano Demartini loves using fresh seasonal ingredients, especially local seafood.

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Omata Estate winery

A relaxed style eatery with views overlooking the ocean. Rustic charm with a modern touch.  We serve gourmet local produce platters and wood-fired pizzas. We strive to source items locally and our menus change often.  
Come enjoy our wines with views you could look at all day. Our food has been carefully selected and prepared to complement our wines. We also have local craft beers, coffee, soft drinks, sangria jugs & much more! 

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Sage - Paroa Bay

In a world where sustainability matters, we’re extremely proud to know that almost every ingredient in our kitchen has come from just down the road — we even picked some of them ourselves. It is the connection between our surroundings and our menu that sets Sage apart — and when the surroundings are one of the most beautiful natural environments on the planet you can taste the difference.

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Hone's Garden Bar

Hone’s Garden Bar is set in a courtyard atmosphere serving a range of craft beers on tap along with a selection of both local & new Zealand wines. Complimented with a selection of thin & crispy hand made pizzas from a wood fired oven!  Absolutely the best pizzas in Russell. Authentic, proper delicious and well priced. 

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