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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Great Views
1. Great Views
"great views of the marina"
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2. Fabulous Food
2. Fabulous Food
"Fabulous food"
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3. Cold Beer
3. Cold Beer
"beer was cold and refreshing"
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The Jolly Roger Bar & Restaurant is a very popular spot set right on the stunning Waikawa Marina. In the colder months you can still enjoy the beautiful view while sitting in our large heated canopy area. The summer months are an extremely busy time here at the Jolly and as we cook all our meals from scratch, this means there can be a wait during peak times, but with the brilliant atmosphere, fantastic views, cold drinks and mouthwatering food, it's worth it! With all our meals being made individually this mean we can cater to most dietary needs.
US$6 - US$23
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Bar, New Zealand, Seafood, Pub
Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 6 June 2021

We had dinner last night and hubby had a burger which was ok. I had the muscles. Think they must have been stewing for the last hour. The muscles were so little and tough. I took it back and asked to see a live muscle....They had shrunk in size by 80%. They gave me another lot and they were only slightly better. They had also put cooked capsicums on the top. Nice but at least 10 pieces is over kill. Last time I was there the seafood chowder was green. Won’t be back for a feed again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 8 May 2021

Dinner Ceaser Salad They need to take lessons on how to prepare this meal ! Man behind bar needs to take lessons in dealing with the public. Very gruff and not very polite. Location great a shame to have it spoilt by meal and staff.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021

This restaurant was suggested by the motel I was staying at. Good menu selection. I enjoyed my fish, salad and chips.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 6 April 2021

Went on a busy Easter Sunday. Really nice atmosphere, busy, lovely views over the Waikawa Marina. Nice selection on the menu. Pub type meal but nicely presented and really tasty with a really substantial salad. Quick service given the number of people there. Wine was...nice.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 25 March 2021

Walking the Waikato Trail from Picton Marina to Waikawa Marina this was the perfect spot to relax for food and wine. Fantastic whitebait fritters and a good chardonnay. Friendly service - thanks Whitney - you are a great Kiwi ambassador ‼️‼️

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 1 February 2021

Recommended by our moteliers, and we weren't disappointed. Big portions, great service, and a lovely environment.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 27 January 2021

Dined here with my wife and 6 year old son, bit annoyed when we walked in as the man at the bar looked straight past me and served drinks to some regulars. He didn't seem to be interested in looking after newcomers. A lady served...us and gave us great service. Meals were served quickly and were very nice.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 27 January 2021 via mobile

Disappointing. This spot has all the opportunity to be fantastic, but was a terrible let down. We didn’t feel welcome by the staff with the service being average. We were a group of 8 and had intended to eat there as well, but felt so...let down we drove back into Picton to find somewhere we felt our custom was welcome. The table we sat at was sticky and when we asked for an umbrella the staff member sounded aggrieved that she had been asked to do something for customers. We will not be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 23 January 2021 via mobile

Yes the views are great and the service ok but..... very disappointed with the food. Soggy fish, tasteless dressing. Neither of us finished our meals. Pub food poorly done.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 18 January 2021

Visited a couple of times on holiday and was very happy with my meals and the friendly helpful service. They happily accommodated changes to my meal and it's a nice place to sit and overlook the marina.

Date of visit: January 2021
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1 February 2020|
Response from Deb_traveller | Reviewed this property |
They have a menu on their website which shows prices too. I'm not sure of their opening hours but the website may have those too.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jolly Roger Restaurant & Bar

Yes, Jolly Roger Restaurant & Bar offers takeaway services.

Jolly Roger Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5