- Restaurants, Cafes, Takeaway / Fast Food
- Free On-Street
- Price Range:
- Moderate, $15 - $25
- Smart casual
- Good For Groups:
- Beer, Spirits, Wine
- No BYO
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- Takes Reservations:
- Dietary Restrictions:
- Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Vegetarian, Soy-free
- Meals Served:
- Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
- Payment Types:
- EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Seating For:
- 50 inside, 50 outside
- Outdoor Seating:
Reviews for Mussel Pot Restaurant & Cafe
29th January 2013
We visited the Mussel Pot for lunch while holidaying in Anakiwa over the New Year break. The place was busy with many people coming and going. Even so the staff were friendly and chatty and our order of grilled calamari and a mussel platter for two was served within 20 minutes.
Everything was cooked well and we left very satisfied with our experience. Fascinating information about mussels and mussel farming placed on the walls inside which was worth a read.
I wouldn’t imagine we will be back in Havelock any time soon (live at the other end of the island) but would certainly recommend to others who might be passing by.Comment from Rob D. of Mussel Pot Restaurant & Cafe 29/01/2013
by Sandra H.
5th October 2012
We love the Mussel Pot – recently had the chance to visit again and as per every other visit it was exceptional. We even took a photo of our meal to send to our friends and make them jealous.
The waiter was new and obviously being trained but the service he gave was great. Keep up the good work – we will hopefully be back that way sometime soon.
by Karen D.
2nd October 2012
As a Havelock local who uses this restaurant and visit their very clean kitchens regularly, I was stunned by Sarah’s comments. The new young Italian waiter, who I introduced myself to, without any language problems (and I only speak English) is extremely sweet and I cannot imagine would have knowingly caused offence.
As far as I am concerned this restaurant provides Good food and friendly service. Enjoy. I don’t even like Mussels but their steaks and pasta dishes are excellent
by Nicola T.
30th September 2012
My husband and I decided while on holiday to call into the Mussel Pot for dinner, as it is always a nice place for a rest while driving between Nelson and Blenheim.
Hubby ordered the steak with mushrooms and I tried a new flavour of steamed mussels (thought I would be brave as I always stick with what I know).
What an experience!!!
I now have a new flavour of Mussels to try (not sure, but think that next time I’ll be spending more time here and ordering 2 pots – I can’t decide which I like more), Hubby was in 7th heaven with his steak – he said that it was the best he had tasted anywhere (big call from him as he is definitely the “meat eater” in the family).
The wait staff were extremely attentive, and very knowledgeable about how the mussels were cooked and prepared (I was nervous with my choice but after their explanations I was definitely looking forward to them).
After our meal, we were then offered the dessert menu – and what do you know, homemade gelato!! I didn’t believe that it was “homemade” so the owner’s wife (who was serving us at this stage) invited us into the kitchen to watch Tony making it – what an experience!!!
Definitely a favourite place on our holiday, and will be making sure we always pop in when driving through Havelock!!!!Comment from tracy and tony c. of Mussel Pot Restaurant & Cafe 30/09/2012
by Peter S.
29th September 2012
Dined at the Mussel Pot a few minutes ago. What a feast.
We had a platter of chowder, grilled, steamed and smoked mussels.
We finished off with Tony’s homemade italiano gelato.
Our waitress was delightful and her wine recommendation was perfect.
by Terry J.
29th September 2012
I try to make a beeline for the Mussel Pot Restaurant every time I am in the South Island. Usually stop off there for breakfast when traveling between Nelson and Picton. On the last stop there we were early and they were just opening. That was not a problem for them, they did coffees for both of us and some real nice mussels. I can recommend Mussel Pot to anyone traveling thru Havelock.
by Sarah M.
27th September 2012
The service was shocking, the waiter understood no english, the wrong meal was delivered 40 minutes after we ordered and the place was almost empty so why it took that long is a mystery, and the chowder was cold and came with not one but two hairs floating in the top, when this was raised with staff it was handled in a poor way and we ended up walking out, which we have never done before as form what we could see in the kitchen when discussing it with the chef the hygiene standards were poor and we didnt want to eat anything else out of that kitchen, a big disappointment as this used to be a great place!Comment from tracy and tony c. of Mussel Pot Restaurant & Cafe 28/09/2012
15th October 2011
Obviously a popular place as it was packed both inside and out. I was impressed at the multitude of different languages from the various tables around me. I had battered mussels and my friend had the calamari…. the real thing… not some crumbed stuff found in so many places. As a girl it was nice to use clean toilets.(I think u can tell a lot about a place by its toilets.
13th October 2011
Had a fantastic meal here with friends.
The seafood plate was amazing and the lemon and manuka honey dessert just dreamy.
We were impressed by the friendly waitress who took the time to answer our questions about the mussel farms although they were packed with lots of overseas tourists.
10th October 2011
After seeing the brochure for The Mussel Pot in various places, we decided to try it on our way to Blemheim. Brochure stated that they are open @ 5pm in October and that fit in well with our plans. Arriving @ 5.20pm we found the door locked. Checked out the window, which also said 5pm. Someone quickly opened the door and said opening in 10 minutes and left us standing in the cold. After waiting for 10 minutes The Mussel Pot remained closed and we went on to Blenheim to have diner.Comment from Tracy & Tony C. of Mussel Pot Restaurant & Cafe 12/10/2011
7th July 2010
Great place to try mussels and local seafood. I took overseas visitors here and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Friendly staff took the time to answer our questions about the mussels. A must stop for any South Island trip.
by Megan H.
23rd January 2010
Loved it – just charming. Really friendly staff. Great mussels and fab desserts. Perfect for a relaxed family dinner. Would eat here regularly if I was a local!
by Biggie C.
7th December 2009
We called in here on the way from Nelson to Picton expecting some local mussels. The mussels themselves were fine – although the portion a little on the small side for the price. Another had fish and chips which did not rate well – chips undercooked and the fish tasted of oil from the frying – little more.
They also have a 2.2% surcharge on their bill if you choose to pay by credit card, I was told my eftpos was declined when the receipt said “No dialtone” – so glad I had some cash. Needless to say I am in no hurry to return.Comment from tracy and tony c. of Mussel Pot Restaurant & Cafe 29/09/2012
15th June 2008
Fabulous little place. Went on a cold day and was greeted by friendly staff and a warm cosy fire. The food was to die for – had fresh steamed mussels.Hubby had a seafood plate and a yummy apple crumble. One of my friends doesn’t like mussels but lots of other things to choose from. She had a Spaghetti Matriciana followed by a sticky date pudding.
Great local wines. Highly recommend if visiting the south island
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