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The Mussel Pot

73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2824
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussel pot” (92 reviews)
“grilled mussels” (28 reviews)
“chowder” (33 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 3 days ago

After being on the road for 2 months I really was in need of a decent meal so there wasnt a better place to go than the restaurant that specialises in the dish that puts Havelock on the map! I ordered the seafood pasta which...More

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 3 days ago

We ordered the combo mussel plate for two. It was a combination of grilled, marinated, smoked and steamed in a coconut sauce. Excellent. The service was especially good with young servers from all over the world on work holiday. Wines were good. Like Giesen wines...More

Thank Dave G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After hearing this was the no1 place for green mussels and in the capital of green mussels of course we made a special detour here for our lunch and was not disappointed! Have only ever had frozen green mussels before and to eat these fresh...More

Thank doodles700
Reviewed 1 week ago

You would think a place that specialised in mussels would know how to cook them. We were seriously unimpressed with the rather chewy and tough dish we were served. Next day on a cruise on the Pelorus Sound we were served a delicious dish of...More

Thank RussAndRose
Tracy C, Manager at The Mussel Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your review. You had grilled mussels which will always be chewier than steamed, it's in the nature of the cooking process. If you are making comparisons it helps to compare 2 dishes that are the same ie) both steamed or both grilled. The...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for dinner with my parents. We ordered the cream sauce mussels and the spaghetti marinara and the sauces! They were both so flavourful! Great service too, and didn't have to wait too long for food. Would definitely come again!

Thank Kiera H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we are not able to visit often enough ! Everything here is great. The mussels are so delicious we have not tried anything else on the menu yet. Lovely seating outside in the courtyard. Highly recommended.

Thank henry_assess
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the Natural with Lemon wedges, and Cream / Herbs. Both were very very nice. Great service, Not that busy, at 12:30. Will keep going back, as if you could stop me😀

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have a stop at Havelock around lunch time was an excellent opportunity to eat mussels. It was around 11.15am and we started to look at a few restaurants offerings. The ones we looked at started the lunch time at 11.30 while The Mussel pot restaurant...More

Thank Christian J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been eating NZ Green lip mussels back in the UK (Waitrose used to stock them), but as they are imported (and frozen) they were always lacking on the taste front. So fast forward to Havelock, on a sunny Sunday afternoon in March and a 1kg...More

Thank NaughtyBeagle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always consistency prevails at the Mussel Pot. Perfect meal thoroughly enjoyed by all. We will return

Thank Pat C
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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
US$4 - US$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
Groups, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
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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