Corrina said: "Came here after work and was pleasantly surprised that they had $9 cocktails on a Wednesday. The service was efficient and friendly even though they were busy. It seemed to be a popular spot for after work drinks. The interior…" read more »
Lunched at the Sitting Duck Café over the weekend. The food was very good, as was the portion size, and also came quickly even though the place was busy. Your food requirements are listened to attentively and if you want to change any ingredient on the dish you order it is no trouble. The service comes with delightful humour for both adults and children. Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, food and time there. Being a “doggie” person I was pleasantly surprised to see that each dog was given a bowl of water – it was a very hot day and I’m certain that this small aspect would be appreciated by owner and dog alike. I will be returning and recommending to family and friends alike. Well done.
We had a great family breakfast here and nothing wss too much trouble. Gluten free? No worries. Change around some of the ingredients? sure just tell me what you like. Doggie bag if you can’t eat it all. But we managed to!.Delicious fresh cooked food and service with humour. Even happy to take a family photo for us.The fact that our host had lived in Russell was bonus with some shared stories as well. It’s been 15 years since I was last there but won’t leave it so long.
The passion David the owner has for his business and customer satisfaction is nothing short of phenomenal. David talks with his staff and even his equipment suppliers to get to the root of anything he believes may not be of the highest standard. Things beyond their control such as a mechanical issue with the coffee machine are sorted so quickly and thoroughly it would make your head spin. We don’t seem to find this kind of professional and passionate service anymore, but it is certainly here at Sitting Duck. Thanks David and staff.
We got told to visit the Sitting Duck Cafe, coffee was great, our children had berry banana pancakes, eggs Benedict, as well as massive chocolate milkshakes, which they took photos of to put on there face book, The adults had the seafood chowder all was amazing. The children even got given bread to feed the fish on the outside deck, great views and great for the kids.
Definitely be back.
My partner and I visited the Sitting Duck recently for lunch. There was a large range to choose from but we both went for the salmon. Judging by the other plates coming out this was a popular choice. It was perfectly cooked and came with a homemade potato cake, spinach, poached egg and a delicious hollandaise sauce.
Our coffee was excellent too. Definitely revisiting soon!
Often wondered what this place would be like passing over the bridge, so we gave it a shot. Got a table in the sun outside and got service right away. We ordered Eggs florientine for the wife, Baked beans for Dad and french toast and berry pancake for the kids. The waitresses quick, polite and very smiling. Always a bonus.
After hardly any wait the coffees and juices arrived and the breakkie not long after. Wowzers what sizes. I knew just looking at them that I had to finish off the kids ones if I had room. Both me and my wifes meals were fantastic and the kids were raving about theirs, which i got to finish off, and had to agree with. What a treat.The prices are low and the quality is high.
Should have tried this place long ago. We will be back again
for sure. One thing though. You have to be early coz this place fills up fast, as we noticed, when standing by the rail after the breakfast feeding the fish and the alligator?
Friends have offen said to stop by the Sitting Duck Cafe for breakfast,No wait for my coffee,was great, had a nice chat to the waitress,I had the Berry pancakes with everything on the side, not a prob,no wait,was yummy. My friend had the Eggs benidict with bacon,I ate some of his too,was excellent! will be back again. Great place to walk off breakfast,nice views all around.
Dropped into the Cafe today. My coffee was great- I like it hot and it was. The plates being served looked delicious. The decor looks cleaner and perhaps there are more changes in the pipeline? Really happy to recommend to my list of walkers at Short walks in Auckland.
Went to sitting duck for breakfast with my fellow friends. Service was ok, ordered the”home made”baked beans. Arrived in bowl, not home made but out of tin with specks of bacon. Not satisfying at all and expensive. This place use to be really good, but reading other comments it has certainly gone backwards.
Shocking staff and service – everything is a problem and you can stand directly in front of them and they will carry on talking between themselves – attitude correction required
Food OK, but if I have to have an argument when ordering, rather go elsewhere
This cafe is in a lovely location by the marina with tables inside and out. I’d just done the Harbour Bridge Climb and this looked like a nice place to relax. Alas location is not everything.
I had to queue for over 20 minutes and then it took 15 minutes for our drinks to come. I had wanted food but found the menu too pricey with very little suitable for vegetarians. The staff seemed pleasant enough but the process for ordering clearly lacked any flow.
My raspberry milkshake was ok but my husband’s flat white was small, luke warm and lacked flavour. Very disappointing. Despite the nice location, I doubt very much I will return here. I’d rather go to Starbucks – and that’s saying something!
I went to Sitting Duck Cafe a few days ago for lunch. The waiter and waitress were both friendly and efficient. The selection on the menu was quite good and covers a variety. I had a mochaccino and squid & crab salad. The mochaccino was a bit disappointing as it tasted like there was something else in the drink, something that shouldn’t have been there but I couldn’t tell what it was. The mix in the squid and crab salad was great although the green was served warm and I was a bit surprised. I thought that the food and drink was average so given its price, I would probably try somewhere else next time.
Love the location but the food rating has dropped over time. Service is lousy and the decor can do with some attention.
Been there lately – nothing much has changed since
arrived here great setting but service terrible Had to wait 20 minutes for a cup of tea . put our orders in and asked for eggs Benedict with sauce on the side and waited and waited Sauce arrived all over the egg. Bacon was tough and wholly disappointing and very expensive for the meal.
This venue must get a lot of tourists so the food and service really will give a bad impression on tourists If I could give less than 1 star I would
11 Oct 2009
Had a particularly bad experience – hopefully a one off. The food was exceptionally average and it took an hour for lunch to arrive. Average café food would be OK at café prices – but $20 mains (seafood) were dry, over-cooked and not what we’d expect for the price.
I had the Caesar Salad with crumbed fish (first mistake instead of chicken. The fish was only just comparable to frozen and out of a box.
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