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Cockles Kitchen & Bar

$$ - $$$Seafood, ,
7 Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 6086
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good14%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
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“cockles” (6 reviews)
“seafood” (7 reviews)
“clams” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hours
Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7 Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We called in early evening on Friday and new it was going to be special when the new owners Pete & Aimee introduced themselves. They have a mountain of beers on tap. Aimee showed us to a table then outlined the fresh seafood options. We...More

Thank Diana R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just had the most amazing seafood lunch here at Cockles. It was an accidental find, on our way to the ferry, but such a lovely surprise. It’s not swish; it’s actually rather basic inside, but the seafood was super fresh and the service was delightful....More

Thank teamhayman
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Whatever you have, do not miss these mussels. I had them in the Thai green curry and coconut sauce and it was so good that licking the bowl would’ve been fun. I did skip that! You can pass on the scallops as an appetizer (tiny...More

Thank Marcia M
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We went here because the place had good reviews on trip advisor, especially for the seafood chowder ..and we were appreciating fresh seafood choices while traveling close to sea ports. Firstly we got told to come early cause the kitchen was closing at 7:30pm ..that...More

Thank Tracey R
Cockles N, Owner at Cockles Kitchen & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Tracey, Thank you for your review, I wish you had let me know at the time that you did not find your meals satisfactory and I could have recified the situation for you. We go through a lot of chowder so whilst it's flavours...More

Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Wife and i saw a photo of the chowder and I was keen to see if it was a one off. Well we both ordered it and it was great. Plenty of seafood and delicious. Set in a cozy pub like atmosphere. Good service, good...More

Thank Aza F
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Lovely casual place offering local seafood as well as other dishes. Really friendly service and reasonably priced lovely food. Would recommend this place.

Thank Les O
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Wow! What a fantastic dinner! Reckon we hit the jackpot at this local eatery. Seafood fresh and cooked to perfection! Service extremely friendly, unpretentious and eager to please.

Thank pbsymonds
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Arrived for dinner on a Monday night and was warmly welcomed by staff. The evening special was tuna.I ordered it well seared but rare. It arrived served with a salad and a side of chips, but the big surprise was the tuna sashimi, with soya...More

Thank Jock M
Reviewed June 25, 2018

The chowder was creamy, flavourful and packed with fresh local seafood, also some arranged around the plate - simply outstanding👍 Hubbys Blue Cod, was fresh and delicious and a large portion too. The service was very prompt and efficient. Atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. Would...More

Thank cabond59
Reviewed June 2, 2018

My Aunt and I had lunch here when we did the train trip Blenheim to Picton and back. We both loved what we ordered and they couldn't have been more helpful making sure we got served quickly so we could jump back on the train....More

Thank turtle63
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$23
Seafood, Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Picton
  • Phone Number: +64 3-573 6086
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Marlborough's only seafood restaurant, local produce, craft beers, great wine selection, CPR coffee, friendly relaxed atmosphere.
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