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“Late dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hooked on Marahau

Hooked on Marahau
Ranked #2 of 3 Restaurants in Marahau
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Seafood, European, New Zealand
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Hooked on Marahau is a cafe and beer garden located on the Marahau waterfront; 1.5Km from the start of the Abel Tasman National Park's Coastal Track. Hooked has arguably the best view in the area with vistas across Tasman Bay and north along the Astrolabe to Adele and Fisherman's Islands in the Abel Tasman. We serve cafe style breakfast and lunches with barista coffee and homemade baked goods. We also have a daily happy hour from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Dinner is bistro style with local wines and locally brewed craft beers.
Dunedin, New Zealand
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Late dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

In spite of arriving near closing time, staff were courteous and attentive. The food was excellent, the waitresses interested and the wine chilled to perfection. The food was well cooked and presented, although a little on the light side. The ambience is delightful with great sea views and cool evening airs. Much to be recommended.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Nigel T
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Brendan A, Owner at Hooked on Marahau, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write your review Nigel - we appreciate it. We're really glad you enjoyed your dinner with us.
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
“You will feel 'welcome home' the minute you walk in the door.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

The Duty Manager has created an amazingly welcoming atmosphere. There is always a risk of 'conveyor belt service' in a tourist meka like Abel Tasman. But this place has obviously puts energy into creating a real culture of hospitality. You will feel this the minute you walk in the door.

  • Visited January 2014
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Brendan A, Owner at Hooked on Marahau, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thanks for the positive review Mike. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us, and we hope to see you again soon!
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
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“this place has everything”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

Just wanted to add my name to the list of very satisfied customers you have!
a group of us having been camping at Old Macs down the road for a number of years and regularly visit Hooked on Marahau most days (coffee etc), this year the 4 - 6 happy hour certainly got our attention and had us visiting regularly most evenings as well!
One of our group has his birthday while we're up and its become tradition to have his birthday here as well, without fail we always have a great night and the food is always excellent but what makes it for us (and we mentioned this on our last nite post happy hour) was the attitude and friendliness of the owner and staff, they really want you to enjoy yourself and that comes through in everything they do, the food, service and anything else
to sum up the whole experience is excellent, there are a lot of hospitality businesses that could learn from Hooked on Marahau !

see you next year!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Gary L
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Brendan A, Manager at Hooked on Marahau, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thanks Gary. It has been fantastic getting to know you over the past couple of years. See you next year!

Zoe
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“Awesome dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

The staff are so friendly, helpful and go the extra mile, nothing is any trouble. Food was beautifully presented and tasted fabulous. The 4-6pm happy hour was fun, other customers were friendly and chatty. Fantastic to see so many people from so many countries. Lovely family friendly atmosphere. I have recommended Hooked on Marahau to all my friends. I'll be back again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank hazel S
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Brendan A, Owner at Hooked on Marahau, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you for the perfect rating, and for recommending Hooked to your friends! We really appreciate it.
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South Island, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

Fantastic service, amazing food and a perfect setting. We had our 5 month old with us and they made us feel right at home, with service over and above what one would expect. The staff are so amazing and definitely topped off the experience. Thanks for many wonderful meals :)

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Becray
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Brendan A, Manager at Hooked on Marahau, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
We're so glad you liked our service and food, and we really appreciate your review!
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