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Slip Inn Cafe

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Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand
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Havelock Marina, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2345
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
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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  • 43
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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 coffee stop at the marina

My partner and I stopped here for a coffee on our way to Picton and were impressed with the location and the coffee, which was very nice! The cafe is right in the middle of the yacht mooring area with mountain views and has plenty of outside seating.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Carla H
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New South Wales, Australia
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New South Wales, Australia
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My partner and I stopped here for a coffee on our way to Picton and were impressed with the location and the coffee, which was very nice! The cafe is right in the middle of the yacht mooring area with mountain views and has plenty of outside seating.

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Thank Carla H
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been here a few times and although the service is generally crap the food is normally good. Today we thought we would shoot over to Havelock for lunch after seating ourselves and getting our own menus , (and talking to the waitress about where we would be sitting) we waited for a further half an hour for someone to... More 

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Thank fortheloveoffood21
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Pan fried Gurnard over cooked and grill needed cleaning as it came out with black smears on the fish and took away the taste of the fresh fish itself. The coconut cream, ginger, coriander and chili sauce to the steamed muscles was unpalatable and as a result made the muscles taste funny. The staff seemed in coordinated. However the beer... More 

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Thank Vaughan D
Otley West Yorkshire
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659 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friendly staff and quick service. The location was great. We sat outside and watched the activity of the boats being launched by locals going out for a bit of fishing. So relaxing.

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Thank bryan61
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here numerous times and it has been good, but today the staff just didn't seem to be with it. Had to wait for a while to be asked for drinks, some wait staff were looking rather serly, plates and cutlery were just banged down on the table. But the food was good as usual, perhaps they are... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found the music too loud disappointed with fish portion size and it was over cooked. Some staff lacked customer service skills. Calamari was nice though.

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Thank molesworthnz
Newport, Australia
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We shared starters with the whitebait fritters a standout. It wasn't busy with plenty of staff without any clear direction. Plates left in front of us for way too long after each meal. Could have had more fish options on the menu considering it's facing a marina!

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Thank WJC459
Nelson, New Zealand
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288 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food, coffee and service, always a smile from the staff. Great place to sit and watch the boats being launched and retrieved, always good for a smile.

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Thank danjonelson
Brisbane, Australia
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch at Slip Inn. Great friendly service, delicious food and views over the marina were wonderful. We sat out on the deck and had a lovely relaxing lunch. Thanks!

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Thank Rebecca M
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good varied menu, served by delightful staff. Can sit in or outdoors depending on the weather, all with views over the river.

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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 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children

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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