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The Mussel Pot

$$ - $$$Seafood, Soups,
73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
+64 3-574 2824
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussel pot” (80 reviews)
“grilled mussels” (27 reviews)
“chowder” (27 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 3:00 PMAll hours
Seafood, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
73 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 411 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Mussel Pot is my go to restaurant for taking visiting friends and whanau. You want them to be able to experience something that is unique to your home. My boyfriend is keen on kai moana and will accept nothing less than the best, so...More

Thank Hope L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drove over form Nelson looking for a first rate mussel feast. Unfortunately, the steamed mussels were over-cooked and rubbery. In addition, the cilantro/garlic/coconut sauce tasted somewhat medicinal and was not a particularly nice compliment to the mussels. On the plus side, the service was very...More

Thank golerjoe
Tracy C, Manager at The Mussel Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Our coriander. ginger, chilli and coconut cream is one of our most popular broths. so I was surprised to read you did not enjoy it. We go out of our way to ensure our diners have a good experience and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always stop by The Mussel Pot on my way to Nelson. The mussels are quite large and cooked just right. Certainly worth a stop.

Thank Owen L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great meal with options available for those who do not enjoy mussels. The tasting plate is a great introduction to different ways mussels can be eaten. Very friendly owner and a definite must do in Havelock

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

Delicious mussels and friendly helpful waitress, lovely warm fire and prompt service. Only stayed in Havelock 2 nights but went both nights as so nice

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Had two delicious feeds of mussels in 3 nights- so good the first time we had to go back for more. Had the sharing platter the first night. Mussels 5 ways so you can try them all. Second time I went for the steamed mussels...More

Thank Vickskix
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Heading from Kaiteriteri to Renwick in Wine Country, I unexpectedly see a place with a big steam pot of mussels on their roof. Are you kidding me? I love mussels. "PULL OVER", I yelled. I had to have some of those green lipped mussels! I...More

Thank jpape_titusville
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We had read about the Mussel Pot so stopped in Havelock for dinner on our way through. We were not disappointed! The mussels, cooked in various ways, were delicious, the portions were generous, the service friendly and prompt, and the outside patio was lovely.

Thank DougHfx
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

My partner and I visitor visited mid afternoon during low season and Havelock was rather quiet. But our stop at the Mussel Pot was well worth it. Despite arriving near closing time, the staff were welcoming and served up our delicious mussels in no time....More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

We visited The Mussel Pot midweek for dinner. Havelock at this time of the year is a sleepy little town so I was suprised when it was suggested I needed to book, well am I glad we did. Firstly the restaurant was very busy &...More

Thank WanaKiwis
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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
Local cuisine, Groups
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
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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 June to end of August.
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