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Slip Inn Cafe

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Pizza, Bar, Café, New Zealand
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Havelock Marina, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2345
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Scenic view
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 107
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    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
1 kg mussel meal

Had an evening meal here recently. The venue and location are wonderful. Looking over the water with outside dining if you wish. Both my wife and I ordered the 1kg of mussels. They were superbly cooked and beautifully presented. One complaint was that the sauce they came with was too thin and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Rob C
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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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248 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Had an evening meal here recently. The venue and location are wonderful. Looking over the water with outside dining if you wish. Both my wife and I ordered the 1kg of mussels. They were superbly cooked and beautifully presented. One complaint was that the sauce they came with was too thin and watery and could not be eaten as a... More 

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129 reviews 129 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

We felt well looked after by the great staff, and the setting was awesome. The meals came out reasonably quickly, but for a place right on the water, the fish and chips was pretty disappointing. Lots of batter with very little fish inside and quite dried out. A friend had the steak and that looked awesome. If we were to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Pork belly excellent but spoilt by lumpy old tasting mash potato! to which the waitress explained was caused by making the mash potato the old fashioned way with a hand masher lol

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Darwin, Australia
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97 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is situated at the marina. Service was ok - we wandered in and got a table but it took a while before anyone offered menus. Quite a large selection to choose from. We had the chowder with mussels and the onion and blue cheese tart with salad. Decent meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Had an evening meal, yummo!! Great food, great spot, attentive and friendly staff, would highly recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The weather was great and we enjoyed sitting on the small terrace eating the delicious green mussels. Definitely worth a visit :)

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Pottsville, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

If you are into the luscious green lip mussels you will enjoy a trip to Havelock to the Slip Inn. The mussels are fresh and you can sit right at the waters edge and dine on local fish and wines. The road from Picton is winding in places but there is also an alternative way to get back via Blenheim... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Great setting with interesting views over the marina and boat ramp. Both indoor and outdoor tables are available. Food service was fast, though coffee (in the morning) surprisingly not so fast. This is predominantly a seafood and pizza restaurant, but my vegetarian partner was happy with her meal and I was happy with my non-fish meal.

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Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We found this lovely waterfront cafe by pure chance adn it was so amazing we could have stayed all day! We were travelling through and it was meant to be just a quick roadside coffee stop. The location is amazing, the staff were charming and oh those warm raspberry and White chocolate muffins with the excellent coffee! A must visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Love eating here when passing through Havelock, lunch or just coffee on the deck watching the boats is a must.

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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 7 - 23
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Bar, Café, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?