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Beach Road Waikawa Marina | P.O Box 694, Picton, New Zealand
03 573 9152
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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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
Excellent Marina Views but average Interior Decor

I have dined here a number of times now and always the meals have been good.Service is prompt and efficient and the views over the marina make for great ambience. The interior however is rather plain and I feel detracts from the location. Also the entrance up a couple of flights of plain lined... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2014
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

Diving around for 30 minutes trying to find the place, must have closed down? Appears to have been replaced by Jolly Rogers which we did not try.

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Palmerston North
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was a fantastic restaurant, we came early and had the place almost to ourselves; a bonus as my husband has a hearing problem, and dislikes noise. Even though it was upstairs, and fairly plain; the food was delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Staying in waikawa bay for Christmas and new year. Came here for lunch on Christmas Day and we weren't disappointed. Everything was lovely and the salmon out of thus world. Planned to come again but didn't check and found it closed on Monday evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I have dined here a number of times now and always the meals have been good.Service is prompt and efficient and the views over the marina make for great ambience. The interior however is rather plain and I feel detracts from the location. Also the entrance up a couple of flights of plain lined walls and concrete stairs is not... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Great food, Great service and an Excellent view. This is my number one choice whenever I dine out in Picton - Hillary is an excellent chef and the stand of the meals are always consistently of a very high standard. What more can you ask for??????

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I had chosen this restaurant because of the Trip Advisor reviews. We arrived a bit late because we had gone for a walk along the water and had watched the sunset. We tried to get a table with view but they said they weren't available. Not sure who they were expecting. They never showed up while we were there. There... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It is such a shame that most visitors to Picton are unaware of this fantastic restaurant. Hillary, the chef, makes the most of wonderful local ingredients to provide a great dining experience! The restaurant looks over the Marina, and enjoys beautiful views looking up the Marlborough Sounds. The restaurant is flexible allowing you to mix and match to ensure that... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This place could have it all....great position with fabulous views and a good menu. What a shame the service and food let it down. The waitress seemed quite new and brought us our wines for our meal before the sparkle we ordered even though we said we'd start with a sparkly drink. Never mind, easily rectified. The food (we ordered... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We passed by in the afternoon to reserve a table. We had the chance to speak to the owner and the chef. Both were enthusiastic and the menu seemed interesting. We went there for dinner, four persons. All starters and all main courses were nicely served and the quality was very good. All done as we wished. The deserts were... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

A bit on the rich side, b well cooked and presented. On the minus side, the wine list is only local wines and not very nice ones. Good service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beach Road Waikawa Marina | P.O Box 694, Picton, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Picton
  • Phone Number: 03 573 9152

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  • Cuisine: Seafood

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