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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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Seafood, Soups, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Live mussels steamed. Absolutely delicious. What differentiates it? Fresh live mussels not frozen. Taste the freshness. Mussels are large & plump. NZ mussel industry is known to operate one of the strictest quality assurance programs in the world. There crispness and juicy bite full of...More

Thank SanfordChee
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of our favourite restaurant experiences in New Zealand. Its a cute place, with a menu heavy on mussels, as Havelock touts itself as the green shelled mussel capital of the world....Lots of other choices are available (we heard from a local the steaks are...More

Thank MarcusBridges
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trick to this place is to order a dish that has to be cooked from the shell, that way it is “fresh”, you might order mussels in batter, these will have been steamed open earlier, then dipped in batter and cooked when you order...More

Thank Inspiration611101
Tracy C, Manager at The Mussel Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review glad you enjoyed your mussels. Our battered mussels are shucked from fresh both before service in the morning and in the afternoon for dinner. As you can appreciate it is a bit difficult to shuck them as the order comes in....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At the recommendation of our homestay operators at Motueka, we stopped for some freshly cooked mussels in Havelock...the greenlip mussel capital of the world. Simply magnificent. We had asian flavours in the sauce over the freshly steamed mussels with bread to sop up the sauce.....More

1  Thank Brian S
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

We drove from Blenheim to experience the mussels of Havelock. So glad we choose this quaint restaurant to try the local delicacy. Had the share plate for 2 to try all the different styles, it did not disappoint. I recommend anyone visiting the area to...More

Thank JKW87
Reviewed 3 October 2018

If you Google "where to find the best mussels in NZ" Havelock comes up as number 1. Then Google the best mussels in Havelock and you come up with The Mussel pot. So we went and we agree. Major good time to be had eating...More

1  Thank brucef533
Reviewed 8 September 2018 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 8 September 2018 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 7 September 2018 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
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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
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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
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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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