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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.
US$4 - US$22
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Seafood, New Zealand
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great staff and fish & chips good but the mussel chowder was so disappointing. For a town where mussels are aplenty there were none to be seen in our chowder. Sadly it was also very floury tasting and all in all less than average. We...only discovered Mills Bay after we had finished lunch. My advice is head to Mills Bay instead. Their food looked fabulous.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 21 March 2021

Last night's dinner at the Mussel Pot should have been a leisurely experience. Saturday night in Havelock - we arrived for our 7.15pm dinner booking. Staff and service overall was cordial. And the food was good. However the pressure to order very quickly, and the...extremely speedy delivery of food and drink made it clear that the restaurant wanted us in, and then out, very quickly. Even though it wasn't rude - we felt uncomfortable and unwelcome - just another 'tourist transaction'.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 19 March 2021 via mobile

I can’t fault this place. Great staff, and service to match. Mussels and calamari are HUGE and very tasty. Good wine and beer selection. Bathrooms excellent - you could eat in there quite comfortably - very clean. We used this place just for a starter...before moving on to the Captain’s Daughter for our main. We may well come back for our pudding - inviting menu there too 😊More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

Not into mussels, the salmon and burgers were beautiful, nice chilled water really available, lovely courtyard, excellent food. Ideal.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 29 January 2021 via mobile

Had to try the mussel tasting platter. We were both disappointed in the chowder (tasted like flour and parsley) and the white wine/garlic sauce in the steamed mussels was an odd flavour. Sorry to be picky, just expected more after reading the reviews. The rest...was lovely, and nice venue out the back in the courtyard.More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 18 January 2021 via mobile

Oh gosh! The food was amazing, staff friendly and very reasonably priced. For someone who never used to be a big fish fan, this place really did blow me away.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 9 January 2021

We were really lucky to get a table as it was so busy. Grateful we did as it was a fabulous meal. We shared the Mussel Tasting plate which even converted my partner who is not fond of them! I had the steamed with white...wine cream and they were very fresh. The waitresses were super lovely - down to earth hospitable kiwis. Great experienceMore

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 8 January 2021 via mobile

We heard about this place along our travels and decided to book in on our way through Havelock. We are glad we booked as it was a pretty busy lunch service. We ordered the platter with all different types of mussels and also got a...mussel chowder each. Everything was super delicious. The mussel chowder was a stand out - it came with lovely soft bread too🙂 All of the mussels were cooked beautifully and my husband really enjoyed the tartare sauce too!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 5 January 2021 via mobile

Great Mussell’s cooked in various different ways - delicious! Nice and easy location to walk to, it was lovely sitting outside under the vines.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 4 January 2021

The standard of food here hasn't changed in 15 years which was the last time I ate here (the restaurant was then under another name). It's excellent. I have only tried the mussels but my wife had the salmon with Penne which was also wonderful.

Date of visit: January 2021
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20 July 2019|
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Response from TheBonzNottingham | Reviewed this property |
We went in February and only booked the same day
2 December 2017|
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Response from tracyc782 | 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 tracyc782 | Property representative |
Hi there It always pays to book as we are usually full during prime times. Regards Mussel Pot Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mussel Pot

  • Yes, The Mussel Pot offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, The Mussel Pot offers delivery services.

  • The Mussel Pot is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4