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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” (92 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 weeks ago via mobile

The Mussel Pot has just reopened after its winter hiatus and on this visit we were determined not to miss it! And aren't we glad we made that call! The biggest, fattest, juiciest green mussels come from this part of NZ and there they were...More

Thank PeteTrenno
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be in town the first day they opened. The staff was welcoming and helpful, they even helped us find a place to stay that night. The mussels were delicious as were the drinks. The place was adorable!

Thank Misty M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My Partner and I love mussels so would have been rude not to stop here on passing. We shared the platter so we could try all different sorts of the mussels on offer because the menu had so Many delicious options we couldn’t decide what...More

Thank Voyage546672
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped in because we had read reviews. Place was crowded for the lunch hour. Pleasant server (an international crew) got to us quickly for drinks and appetizers. We sampled a variety in a pot for two. Best for us were mussels steamed in a wine...More

Thank Richard J
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I hate to give this place a poor review because I am thinking perhaps I just do not appreciate extra large mussels. I'm thinking maybe larger mussels are more tough?! I do like mussels, however, these mussels were so huge and too tough to chew....More

1  Thank GinaGK
Reviewed 21 June 2018

They had this platter for 2, which included mussels cooked in different way: smoked, marinated, battered, grilled, steamed and chowder. Its plenty for two people. The calamari was great also. The chowder was very good and delicious! The outdoor dining was very quiet and refreshing...More

Thank itcheetam
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Great Greenshell Mussels and the pasta dishes are fantastic too. Good service. Nice selection of beverages. Cosy environment.

Thank MichelleP5844
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

After reading about this place and finding the hours in a pamphlet we headed out to havelock to have lunch at this icon, really very excited. But NO , doors firmly locked. Very disappointing and falsely advertised.More

1  Thank HeatherAbbie
Tracy C, Manager at The Mussel Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

Sorry that you were disappointed in not finding us open. All authorised advertising states that we are seasonal and to refer to our web page and facebook page for hours as we do close for part of the year.These are always kept up to date...More

Reviewed 25 April 2018

Delicious dinner. Shared a platter for 2, but it was so good, we got another. Had to waddle home as our bellies were so full.

Thank tdcm66
Reviewed 20 April 2018 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
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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$21
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
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 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 May to end of August.
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