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Mussel Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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1259 Takaka-Collingwood Highway | Onekaka, Onekaka 7182, New Zealand
+64 3-525 9241
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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and i went for dinner on a Wednesday, got there at 5pm and it was already full up with a wait. There was a live band, plenty of seating inside and out. We had the Mussel Inn lemonade which was superb. The food was pricy for what it was and quite average, i had mussel chowder which was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The mussel inn is a well-hyped place in that area so I was expecting quite good food and apparently a nice outside area. Yet when I walked in the outside area was nice but the staff there seemed a bit dazed and confused and are not on top of if you would like to alter your meal. I ordered the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When you visit a place for the first time, you must see some of the local attractions. If you like seafood, especially, the Mussel Chowder with garlic bread - is a brilliant Fix. The Hotel is quaint and very unique. We totally enjoyed our hour their.

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Thank LarnachGirl
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing place with lots of trees and great atmosphere. Food was ok but it was done by a cook not a chef. Place would be great if they had a deep fryer. Wife got food poisoning from their seafood chowder soup.

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Thank Edwerido
Musselinn, Owner at Mussel Inn, responded to this review

Hi Edwiredo - Can you please contact us directly regarding the suspected food poisoning that your partner contracted. This is a serious matter and we need to know all the details surrounding this as soon as possible so we can fully investigate. Since there have been no other complaints of this nature, we need as much information as possible to... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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123 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overrun with kids playing under trees and getting in way of wait staff, but part and parcel of the experience. Great place to stop in and visit = food was quick and tasty and really good value! An absolute must when in the Goldy :)

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Nelson, New Zealand
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for dinner on a Friday night and although it was busy the service was pretty quick and efficient. There is not a huge menu, but what you get is great. On the advice of the bar tender we shared a mussel chowder (thick and delicious), although my husband could probably have eaten it all by himself! Lovely thick... More 

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Takaka Hill, New Zealand
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The steamed mussels are the best menu option in my opinion but meals are not what I recommend the Mussel Inn for. The wide variety of music and poetry events are the most appealing attraction!

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Thank arohaqi
Christchurch, New Zealand
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A two hour drive from Nelson, over the Takaka hill, through the township of Takaka, drive for another ten minutes you'll find yourself in the heart of Golden Bay. Known by the locals as Onekaka. Mussels Inn is on the left traveling north and towards Collingwood. Look out for their subtle sign post. The mussel Chowder was the choice of... More 

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Canada
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were excited to re visit the mussel inn after 9 years. From the moment we walked through the door we were disappointed. It was lunch time and we arrived at the same time as a few others. We were not greeted, I asked for menus and was told to go outside and find some. I went out but couldn't... More 

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Thank Jazz28
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the meal , sadly they had run out of Mussels. As it was January they were very busy so it was a long wait for service but it was a nice day and we weren't in a hurry so we had a drink on the deck and enjoyed the experience.

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Thank Lyn P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
Cuisine
Bar, Seafood, Pub, Soups, New Zealand, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1259 Takaka-Collingwood Highway | Onekaka, Onekaka 7182, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Golden Bay  >  Onekaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-525 9241
Description
Brewery/bar/cafe/music venue
Closed late July til early September

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