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Slip Inn Cafe

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Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand
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Havelock Marina, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2345
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Description: Slip Inn Cafe is the only waterfront cafe in Marlborough. We are renowned...
Slip Inn Cafe is the only waterfront cafe in Marlborough. We are renowned for our relaxing cafe atmosphere, stunning views, friendly crew and for our extensive offering of tasty house-made fare, served all day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza, platters and nibbles, many mussel dishes to choose from, gluten and dairy free and vegetarian options and a huge selection of drinks to enjoy featuring many local wines.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great mussels, but lazy service and food prep...

Unfortunately, the Mussel Pot was closed for winter, so we came here.... Having been seated (outside) i think we were promptly forgotten about, so i ended up going to the bar to order. To be fair, the guy there looked after us pretty well after that, but it was pretty slow going. We had a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Toowoomba, Australia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Great location right on the water. Service was fast and friendly. Food is excellent and well priced. Not to be missed.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Unfortunately, the Mussel Pot was closed for winter, so we came here.... Having been seated (outside) i think we were promptly forgotten about, so i ended up going to the bar to order. To be fair, the guy there looked after us pretty well after that, but it was pretty slow going. We had a kilo of muscles which were... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

2 out of 3 meals were disappointing. The chicken had been reheated and was dry and inedible. The lamb shank had very little meat on it and also tasted as if it was just reheated. The service was good but the red truant was empty as it was early on a Tuesday night.

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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

My wife and I visited Slip Inn twice for lunch in July-August 2015. The food was good, and we got good service in spite of being bikers with wet clothes and luggage.

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Picton, New Zealand
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visit the Slip Inn quite regularly. It has a good selection of food and wine, staff are attentive, and it has a great view. Today we called in for brunch. We have noticed that virtually all restaurants serve their poached eggs on toast. The eggs never seem properly drained, and we find soggy toast a "turnoff". We ordered poached... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Awesome find - not easy to get to - just follow the signs to the cafe. Great daily menu with good local wines. I had the catch of the day panfried on top of long grain rice and a salad of spinach, feta,olives and generous sundried tomatoes. We shared a bowl of a kilo of fresh mussels (speciality) in white... More 

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sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great chowder and the mussels my friend had went down well also. Matched with a local Pinot Gris, what more could you want for a happy lunch. A bit of the road, through the boat trailer car park, next to the boat ramp.

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Auckland, NZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

After realising the Mussel Pot was closed we looked to Trip Advisor for a second choice. The Slip Inn was it so we went in for lunch. The prices seemed on the higher side for a small town (aimed at tourists?), but the food was good. Unfortunately the whole experience was marred by very average customer service. The staff seemed... More 

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Levin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

With Mussel Boys closed over winter we made a beeline to the Slip Inn for a much expectant feed of the local delicacy, the mussel. There was a good bunch of people in attendance, families, couples and the odd single as well, and all seemed to be catered for. The place was warm and toasty, in every corner, even though... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Yes 1 seriously undercooked muffin went back to embarrassed waitress then returned with a over microwaved dreadful tasting replacement. I would recommend smaller muffins with less berries but then again a thousand googled muffin recipes I'm sure would point the kitchen in the right direction. Sure wouldn't be tempted going back in a hurry unless they got the simple things... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Havelock Marina, Havelock, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Havelock
  • Phone Number: +64 3-574 2345

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 19
  • Cuisine: Bar, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Slip Inn Cafe is the only waterfront cafe in Marlborough. We are renowned for our relaxing cafe atmosphere, stunning views, friendly crew and for our extensive offering of tasty house-made fare, served all day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza, platters and nibbles, many mussel dishes to choose from, gluten and dairy free and vegetarian options and a huge selection of drinks to enjoy featuring many local wines.

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