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Lochmara Cafe

Queen Charlotte Sound | Lochmara Lodge, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Price range: $26 - $32
Cuisines: Seafood, Pacific Rim, Café, New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cafe serves local and seasonal produce, local wines and great coffee. Come on over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We can arrange water transport for you from PIcton. Charges apply. Free use of our kayaks, safe swimming beach, rope swing into the water, self guided tour of the property with information panels to learn about the local flora and fauna, daily animal feeding, flying fox, art gallery......Lochmara also has accommodation if you would like stay a night or two.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cafe serves local and seasonal produce, local wines and great coffee. Come on over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We can arrange water transport for you from PIcton. Charges apply. Free use of our kayaks, safe swimming beach, rope swing into the water, self guided tour of the property with information panels to learn about the local flora and fauna, daily animal feeding, flying fox, art gallery......Lochmara also has accommodation if you would like stay a night or two.
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English first
New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Lunch at the cafe was beautiful, simple food done well. I had the chowder and was not disappointed. Lovely staff, unsurpassed views and location. Activities for the kids (small additional cost $2) included art trail, feeding birds and animals, rope swing into the sea and kayaks. We arrived at 11.30 and reluctantly left 2 bottles of wine later at 2.30.... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks! Love the combo of kids exploring and adult relaxation, just what we're aiming for in January. Hope you can come back and stay longer next time - the earliest boat is usually 9am and the latest boat in summer is usually 5pm return (or 8.30pm for dinner cruise visitors). See you again, we hope. More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Have not been up this way for a while but had a lovely evening there last Sunday. Staff as always were friendly and accommodating. The food was superb! I had steak which was perfectly cooked and my husband had the Poisson which he has had before and was craving!! Could have a little more variety with wine ( Riesling) but... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Kay - we love having regulars. We'll pass on your thanks to Ken and your feedback to the chef. For other readers, Lochie is the Lochmara dog. He's very friendly (and also very well trained - the only dog we allow on-site, given our bird breeding programmes). Look forward to seeing you again, and thanks for taking the time... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Just reopened for the summer season and just as superb. Never a disappointment, the food is fresh and elegant and the staff welcoming

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

THANK YOU! We love it when people come back. We have a new head chef this year so great to get the feedback - I'll pass it on to the kitchen. :) More

Picton, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We had a belated Christmas lunch today .Everything was beautifully presented and the staff were very helpful.Will be back in the summer.

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you Yvonne. We hope that whether it's a special occasion or just a relaxing day out, every meal at Lochmara is a good one. Look forward to seeing you over summer. More

Wiltshire
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

Lovely lunch, delicious fish and chips accompanied by very good wine. After a long walk it was a welcome meal in a beautiful setting. Staff were pleasant though seemed to go missing just when you wanted something. One waitress wore very heavy loud boots - not discreet and totally inappropriate on wooden floors! Also noisy table arranging took place during... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - Blue Cod and Chips is a permanent on our menu and a firm favourite with regulars, so great that you enjoyed it. We'll pass on the feedback about keeping it tranquil to the cafe staff. Thanks for the honesty! More

Sydney
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We spent one night here while walking queen charlotte track and was amazed by the freindly staff, great food, fantastic views and the kayaks! We had a lovely dinner meal in the cafe and great breakfast. The rooms were excellent and the washing machine was a welcome addition.

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review! We've never been complemented on our washing machine before, but we do aim to make guests happy, and it's awesome that the little details are noticed (and we know it can be a big deal if you've been walking on the Queen Charlotte Track for three days!). Will pass on your compliments to the... More

Blenheim, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The theme for Marlborough is 'Love Marlborough', well this is definitely the case for Lochmara! I love Lochmara. An easy 10 minute water taxi from Picton, Lochmara is a gem. Gorgeous location, scrummy food, great coffee, attentive service, lovely art, stunning scenery/views, fun walks, unique art, animals and birds to pet and look at, wonderful accommodation.... and much more! Visit... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Katrina! We love that locals love Lochmara :) More

Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Lochmara Cafe has wonderful food and coffee - some of the best of both we have ever tasted and consistent throughout the 3 days we were there. We also cant speak more highly of the for their consistently high standard of service and the way they worked as a team to support their patrons.

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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Barbara! I'll pass that on to the staff, they'll love to hear that. Hope to see you back one day. More

NZ
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We spent 2 days at Lochmara and every single thing we ate at the cafe was excellent and showed real attention to detail. We had breakfast with eggs from the chickens on site, and even the toast was perfect (really good bread, cut into thick slices and perfectly grilled). Every day there was different baking – I had to avoid... More

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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Colnz! We're really pleased you enjoyed your stay and your food. We do all our baking on-site, except the bread which comes from an awesome local bakery, and yes, it's great. More

Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is an amazing spot to dine or have a couple of quiets. Lou and Shane hire the best staff and best chefs! we got married here and it remains our favourite place in the Marlborough Sounds!

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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks! We're lucky that the best staff want to come work here, we're very proud of the team :) More

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