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The Mussel Pot

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, Soups, New Zealand
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73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2824
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dine inside or outside under the large cork tree. Plenty of mussel options as well fish, steak, burgers for mains. Eight people were waiting for the doors to open at 5pm on Sunday evening so they could sample the fine food. Hungarian staff are friendly, and sure can cook.

Thank Ross C
Cheshire, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We made a point of coming here for lunch to sample the world famous green lipped mussels even though we'd had them elsewhere on our tour of NZ. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we had a kilo of mussels in garlic and coriander sauce. They were tasty but surprisingly a little tough as I suspect they were... More 

Thank phil100652
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were drawn to the restaurant because of the novelty massive mussel pot on the roof and the cartoon like mussel statues all over the frontage! It looked like a fun place that was very keen on mussels - which is exactly what it turned out to be. We had 1kg of mussels in garlic broth each, which was too... More 

Thank ch363
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are a mussel lover this is the place for you. Fresh off the boat. Don't worry if you're not a mussel eater the me his varied. Food is tastes and nicely served. Casual attire directly opposite the marina. Great service. A must stop in Havelock.

Thank 3522
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The seafood chowder was excellent. Followed up with calamari which was so good we ordered a second round.

Thank johnson52015
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well what can I say about this place that hasn't been said. A little town with this wonderful restaurant with the main fare being mussels. Firstly, you HAVE to book. We watched so many people turned away as they were fully booked. Imagine walking into the wonderful smells and seeing the tables of mussels and being turned away, no way.... More 

Thank juliarN9487IH
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a spur of the moment stop and one of the best places we have ever eaten at. The mussels are fresh and full of flavour. We chose a mussel pot in white wine garlic broth, seafood chowder and some homemade breads. Cannot give this place a big enough wrap - if you like seafood you MUST try this... More 

Thank Dianne F
Lewes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Havelock is the world capital for Mussels so supper at the Mussel Pot was what you do We had the sharing platter so could taste the many different ways of cooking mussels a chowder, smoked, marinated, grilled, steamed in different broths with a nice bottle of wine Not high cuisine but very tasty

Thank Gill S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the greatest place to eat green lip New Zealand mussels! Fun atmosphere, great service, very fresh, very large sized mussels and they are prepared so many different ways! We couldn't decide on one dish so we had three! 1-Thai green curry & coconut cream, 2-the garlic, white wine & herbs, and the chili, garlic & tomato. We order... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Grilled Mussels. OMG. YUMMO. My favourite place to eat so badly. I had to find an excuse to go back the next day. I even skipped eating our freshly caught cod that day just to go back to have a meal before we continued our journey. The desert was fabulous and my aunty had the Salmon Pasta. This was highly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
Seafood, Soups, New Zealand
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 20:15
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
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 August.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?