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Havelock Marina | H, Havelock, New Zealand
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had mussels, house smoked salmon and a pasta. All 4 dishes were delicious. Food is not expensive. The staff is very friendly and you have a great vue on the harbor. This is really a must go.

1 Thank babsdelhi2015
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have had many fantastic lunches at the Slip Inn,it was a perfect drive from Picton and lunch destination,so was soo looking forward to lunch today. Arrived to a new menu,the drinks menu was bigger than the food menu.Dont have an issue with a reduced menu if the food is good. Was looking forward to the open steak sandwich I have... More 

Thank lynneneilson
Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

We had lunch at slip inn on our way to Blenheim. The service was attentive and we enjoyed the view over the Harbour and watching boats move in and out. My husband had the seafood chowder and this was the best we have ever had. The chowder had a great range of seafood. My mussel fritters were less impressive but... More 

Thank Trish M
Blenheim, New Zealand
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

The restaurant is situated on the waters edge overlooking the marina. We booked an outdoor table in the sun. This was a perfect spot on a sunny winters day. The service was friendly and efficient. Nothing was a problem to the waiter, he aimed to satisfy our menu needs and achieved this! The seafood platter was good value at $55.50... More 

1 Thank Erin F
Gold Coast, Australia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a family lunch and sat in a room with the heat pump blasting on 30degrees right on top of us. The plates and cutlery just got dumped on the end of the table for us to pass around. I had the dozen mussles which were very chewy and tasted like they had been frozen. Another family member got a... More 

Thank haycress
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

We decided on Slip Inn Cafe for lunch. On arrival staff were friendly and courteous. Drinks and food took longer them expected to get served. Have visited here previously and had a much better experience. On today's service I couldn't recommend a visit here. Food took a long time to appear and only 2 out of 6 were happy with... More 

Thank David N
Queenstown, New Zealand
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

We had akilo of mussels and Grilled mussels. Food was served quickly but the taste is average compare with the price. Staff is just ok, she was just leave us alone, did't offer drink/checking the taste of food/dessert.. Probably won't be back.

Thank enungkhao
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

All four of us were looking forward to lunch here as it was recommended by friends in Nelson. The fish was gurnard which came with potatoes, parsnip cream and beans. The beans were fresh and steamed nicely, parsnip cream was just a thin layer on the bottom of the plate which was clearly microwaved, the 3 potatoes were nicely cooked.... More 

Thank Willwork4holiday
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

I wish we had eaten dinner here instead of the Muscule Pot if judging by what we got for Breakfast the next morning . Really generous servings of freshly prepared food . and down to earth friendly service by the staff and to top it off a lovely view over the water and marina. Would recommend

Thank MartyDownunder
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

A perfect place to visit after the Pelorus Mail Run and a little wander around Havelock. Food was very good and nice selection of wine. The Mussel Chowder was actually amazing -- pity that perhaps a kitchen failure meant that the accompanying bread wasn't the chunky loaf one would expect, but a slice of 'wonder white' with a butter triangle... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $22
Seafood, European, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Havelock Marina | H, Havelock, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Havelock
  • Phone Number: 035742345
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?