Our Restaurant

Welcome to The Duke of Marlborough Restaurant

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. 

Being surrounded by water the menu is influenced by the sea and all it has to offer - from our local Waikare Inlet Oysters or perhaps our oven roasted market fish to the timeless fish and chips served in a crisp beer batter with hand cut chips - simply divine!  Carnivores will not be disappointed, dishes include our classic slow roasted lamb shoulder or Grass Fed “Savannah” Eye Fillet - there is something for everyone.

Every menu contains vegetarian options and we can cater to most dietary requirements.  We have an extensive beverage list with over 100 wines and 30 beers all of which are specially chosen to compliment our menu.


Our restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11.30am to 9pm - reservations recommended

To book a table please use our restaurant reservations page


If you have a larger group or function to plan please contact us direct to discuss your requirements and menu options. 

Awarded Beef and Lamb excellence award 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

Recommend in Cuisine Magazine’s 2011 to 2015 top 150 restaurants in New Zealand.

Please click here to see our current menu

What our customers say

The Duke of Marlborough Hotel won our hearts from day one with their exceptional food and wine. With each visit we were wowed by the extensive menu, but most impressive were the team who work at The Duke. They are warm, hospitable and fun, and experts at what they do. Having expert advice from Ida with the wedding plans was invaluable; she is a wealth of local knowledge and creative ideas, making it a fun and stress free process. The magical setting of Russell gave us endless options for our service and photos, and it was fantastic to have the Duke’s beautiful veranda as a very attractive ‘plan B’ for the ceremony in case of rain (which is rare in Russell).Our day went seamlessly and we can’t recommend the Duke enough. We are thrilled to be part of the Duke family for life, and look forward to many return trips to visit our new friends in this jewel of the Bay of Islands.

- Rebecca Wall & David Divett, 9th April 2016, Auckland

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