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The Mussel Pot

73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2824
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussel pot” (96 reviews)
“grilled mussels” (28 reviews)
“chowder” (34 reviews)
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Seafood, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This restaurant and its owner deserve a gold medal in every category! We came in on a Saturday evening and they were extremely busy at 7:15pm-ish. We had no reservation but they told us to come back in half an hour around 745pm. They close...More

Thank Kyle B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We occasionally get to Havelock and make a point of having a meal at the Mussel Pot. The flavours are always delicious and the service very good. It has a friendly casual atmosphere and is a must for mussel lovers.

Thank Marg22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always eat here when passing through Havelock, couldn't recommend it enough. Great atmosphere, service and the mussels are always cooked to perfection!

Thank Ferdia M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfectly cooked, tender, steamed green lipped mussels- the best mussels I have ever had. Pleasant little restaurant, great friendly service, on the Main Street going through Havelock in New Zealand in the Marlborough Sound area. I’ve eaten here twice and my husband, whose been in...More

Thank KatieCA444
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch while driving from Picton to Nelson. My Grandson enjoyed the pot of Green Mussels while I enjoyed grilled Salmon. Nive homely atmosphere. Friendly service.

Thank Bishwaroop M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My lovely wife and I were really looking forward to lunch at the Mussel Pot. But alas it failed to deliver. Things didn't get off to a great start when we were told we couldn't sit in the garden as it was too cold even...More

Thank eddymaya
Tracy C, Manager at The Mussel Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Yes unfortunately the out door area was closed as it was extremely windy out there and very chilly.(We had even prepped the fire ready for lighting). It did not warm up until later and as soon as it did it...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After reading all the reviews, my husband and I stopped here to try the green lip mussels. We chose to have them steamed - 1 in a chilli, garlic, oregano and tomato sauce and the other in coriander, ginger, chilli and coconut cream. It was...More

Thank SuzieLee71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went for the chowder and was disappointed. It was a white sauce with small pieces of mussel meat in it, there was a lack of flavour. My dining partner also had chowder, but hers had more flavour, but still only average taste. We had...More

Thank classicchch
Tracy C, Manager at The Mussel Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. You have certainly have provided us with a mystery as to why two mussel chowders prepared at the same time in the same pot would differ in flavour...none of the chefs could explain this. It is a mussel chowder, which...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cant pass through the mussel capital of the world without eating mussels, and the Mussel Pot serves up a delicious feast of these. We had ours steamed with a ginger, coriander and cream sauce but there are plenty of delicious choices. Great service and...More

Thank karen c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited early evening with kids keen to try the green lipped mussels. The mussel platter was delicious and we all enjoyed our meals. Prices are reasonable and staff were attentive and pleasant. Felt a very relaxed place to go which isn’t always the way with...More

Thank ParishTravels
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Questions & Answers
2 December 2017|
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Response from Tracy C | Property representative |
Yes we have a wine menu features Marlborough and nelson wines both by the glass and bottle.
9 December 2016|
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Response from Tracy C | Property representative |
Hi there It always pays to book as we are usually full during prime times. Regards Mussel Pot Team
9 December 2016|
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Response from Jan B | Reviewed this property |
It is definitely worth booking as you wouldn't want to miss out on the best mussels in the South..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 22
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Havelock
  • Phone Number: +64 3-574 2824
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Havelock's iconic green lip (green shell) mussel restaurant.Casual and informal.The restaurant specialises in green lip mussels but also has a variety of New Zealand seafood, burgers, pastas, gluten free and vegetarian options all perfectly matched with famous Marlborough wines and New Zealand beer.Great outdoor seating through summer. Closed for winter June to end of August.
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