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“Modern place in good setting with tasty food”
Review of Slip Inn Cafe

Slip Inn Cafe
Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in Havelock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $22
Cuisines: Pizza, Bar, Cafe, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Biggar, United Kingdom
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768 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 810 helpful votes
“Modern place in good setting with tasty food”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

This was a late lunch stop for us whilst travelling from Golden Bay via Queen Charlotte Drive en route to the Interislander Ferry at Picton. The restaurant is off the main road passing through Havelock - follow the sign for “Commercial Wharf” down Cook Street and go right at the end which takes you into a large car park. The Slip Inn is by a slipway for moving boats in and out of the marina.

It has a modern interior and overlooks the marina and for us it was interesting to watch the activity whilst eating - a guy using a tractor to pull a boat out and avoid getting his feet wet. He managed it with some fine balancing. There is decking to sit outside if the weather permits - not an option for us on the day.

The menu at lunchtime was dominated by seafood as you would expect for the location however there were other options. Mains were around $14 to $24 (although there was a seafood platter to share for more than this), desserts were between $11 & $18 (cheeseboard).

I ordered a Warm Chicken Salad in a creamy coconut and white wine sauce which had tender chicken pieces and tasted very good. My wife opted for Pan Seared Gurnard served on a bed of salad with King Prawns and was very pleased with the dish (and she hasn’t always been overly keen on fish).

Service was pleasant enough - the young team weren’t overly pressed due to the small number of guests at the time of our visit.

By the time we added two glasses of Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc and a couple of coffees - all good - our bill came to $63 which we thought was value for money.

The toilets were very presentable.

Overall a modern place in good setting with tasty food.

  • Visited November 2013
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Cary, North Carolina
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great breakfast!”
Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

My husband an I ate here on the way from Picton to Nelson. The food and the service was great! We took a stroll on the docks to stretch our legs afterwards. A bit pricey ($46 for breakfast) but we would recommend it!

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely location.”
Reviewed May 2, 2014

Great meal but service a little slow. Waiters stood around in huddled conversation at times, and once we had our meal they did at no time come back to our table to ask if everything was OK. Caramel sundae for desert was simply Devine, and eaten in front of fire finished off evening on a high note. Would return.

Visited April 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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101 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great views & food”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Good fish & chips and delightful sitting outside overlooking the water. My salmon salad had a little too much dressing on it to suit me, but that may be a matter of taste.

Visited March 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great outlook”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

It has lovely views and the meals were great. We had a lunch and a dinner so experienced both menu types.

Visited April 2014
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