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Lochmara Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

We were in for an early lunch while kayaking back to Picton. Great coffee and very friendly helpful staff. I had breakfast really and it was good. Sat in a room with a fireplace off to the side. Something about the acoustics was awesome in there and the soft music just flowed without disrupting conversation. Gorgeous view. Nice beach to... More 

Thank Jim U
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

The food was very good but the restaurant is truely a cafe but with classy restaurant prices. Not even a candle on the table. I think they have the right idea as it is simple but they just need to add a bit of class to their evening act with some nice table cloths and candles to hide the cafe... More 

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Katikati, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

We ate here several times while staying at Lochmara Lodge. Our meals were all excellent, served by very nice staff.

Thank 610Margaretd
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

The food here is absolutely fantastic and the staff are amazingly friendly and helpful! Really fast service however did find it quite expensive per meal. The restaurant views are beautiful!

1 Thank Brett Y
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious but menu exceptionally limited, with many dishes no longer available. Food prices are EXPENSIVE! prices you'd expect to pay at a really nice restaurant in Auckland.

1 Thank Brett R
Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

The meals, breakfast, lunch (mussels so enjoyed) and evening meals all delicious and well presented to a very high standard. Staff were friendly and helpful. For the quality of the food it was reasonably priced. Recommend the ribeye steak, the hubby loved the salmon and the cream brûlée was squeezed in - so good.

1 Thank Flinger64
Sun Lakes, Arizona
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

While visiting Lochmara Lodge on a day visit I ate on their outside Patio. It was so peaceful and I enjoyed the view while eating the most scrumptious mussels ever!

Thank Anne H
Tauranga, New Zealand
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

After spending time exploring the grounds I enjoyed a light lunch and a coffee here. The staff are so nice and the food perfect.

Thank Diane Y
Wollongong, Australia
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41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

When we went into the cafe during the very busy lunch time period it didn't impress so our expectations weren't high for dinner. But we were surprised and pleased at the standard of food and service. We had an excellent meal, with good wines to complement and our waitperson was particularly impressive, with local knowledge and suggestions, as well as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

Great lunch- enjoyed the yummy mussels. Children enjoyed the kids menu & husband open steak sandwich. Lovely friendly staff including the chap picking us up from the mooring. Easy place to hang out for a couple hours, & children having fun on the beach/water/rope swing.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$26
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
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Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Lochmara Bay
  • Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554
Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cafe serves local and seasonal produce, local wines and great coffee. Come on over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We can arrange water transport for you from PIcton. Charges apply. Free use of our kayaks, safe swimming beach, rope swing into the water, self guided tour of the property with information panels to learn about the local flora and fauna, daily animal feeding, flying fox, art gallery......Lochmara also has accommodation if you would like stay a night or two. We monitor VHF Chanel 63 if you are arriving with your own boat.

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