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Lochmara Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, European, New Zealand
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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice range of spaces to relax in from in and outside dining, or layabout sofas and cushion seating. Great coffee and staff that are happy to cater to dietary / allergy requirements. Not a bad place to sit and sup beer and enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner.

Thank Leefluff
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dinner menu has enough variety to suit most and the meals were very good and well presented. We enjoyed great service from two lovely girls from WA, Australia. The costs of meals nd wine does reflect the isolation of Lochmara. It's quite expensive to eat at the restaurant over a three day stay.

Thank Aoreiata
Picton, New Zealand
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19 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

There was a long wait for our food as it was really busy. Theres plenty to do, sit and watch the swimmers, visit the animals or play the games. The food was nice, beer and wine a little expensive but didn't ruin a good day.

Thank dereck86
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

When stopping over in Picton and time to spare a boat ride out to Lochmara for lunch would be ideal. The food is tasty, the location beautiful and afterwards enjoy a walk around the grounds.

Thank Pollyjoan
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

We were in for an early lunch while kayaking back to Picton. Great coffee and very friendly helpful staff. I had breakfast really and it was good. Sat in a room with a fireplace off to the side. Something about the acoustics was awesome in there and the soft music just flowed without disrupting conversation. Gorgeous view. Nice beach to... More 

Thank Jim U
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

The food was very good but the restaurant is truely a cafe but with classy restaurant prices. Not even a candle on the table. I think they have the right idea as it is simple but they just need to add a bit of class to their evening act with some nice table cloths and candles to hide the cafe... More 

Thank Sailorbabe
Katikati, New Zealand
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138 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2016

We ate here several times while staying at Lochmara Lodge. Our meals were all excellent, served by very nice staff.

Thank 610Margaretd
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The food here is absolutely fantastic and the staff are amazingly friendly and helpful! Really fast service however did find it quite expensive per meal. The restaurant views are beautiful!

1 Thank Brett Y
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious but menu exceptionally limited, with many dishes no longer available. Food prices are EXPENSIVE! prices you'd expect to pay at a really nice restaurant in Auckland.

1 Thank Brett R
Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

The meals, breakfast, lunch (mussels so enjoyed) and evening meals all delicious and well presented to a very high standard. Staff were friendly and helpful. For the quality of the food it was reasonably priced. Recommend the ribeye steak, the hubby loved the salmon and the cream brûlée was squeezed in - so good.

1 Thank Flinger64

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $26
Cafe, European, New Zealand
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
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 - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Lochmara Bay
  • Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554
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. We monitor VHF Chanel 63 if you are arriving with your own boat.

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