Delicious Dining Experiences in Marlborough

16th Oct 12

Marlborough is known throughout New Zealand as one of the best places to experience gourmet cuisine and award-winning wine. The various Marlborough towns like Blenheim, Picton, Havelock, Awatere and Kaikoura are each home to their own special restaurants and cafés. Here, we've picked ten of our favourites; read on to discover the best places to eat and drink in Marlborough!  

The Restaurant at Hotel d'Urville

Our restaurant is well recognised for local specialties like fresh seafood, New Zealand beef and lamb, and the very best Marlborough wines. Take advantage of some of our wonderful weekend packages to enjoy boutique accommodation and gourmet cuisine at the Hotel d'Urville in Marlborough, New Zealand.

Figaros Café  

This local cafe is known for its informal dining, generous serving sizes and simple, delicious meals. If you're looking for a tasty but casual dining experience, visit Figaros Cafe in Blenheim.    

Drylands Restaurant  

Located on Hammerichs Road, Rapaura in Marlborough, Drylands Restaurant is a new feature of the Drylands Estate winery. Open from 10am to 5pm every day, the restaurant is known for its excellent wine and food matches and local specialties like scallops, wild venison and Marlborough smoked salmon.  

Raupo Café  

Situated in the heart of Blenheim, Raupo Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Choose from an a la cart menu, a five course degustation menu, or fresh muffins and baking for morning or afternoon tea.  

Wairau River Wines  

Located at the Wairau River Wines Estate, this vineyard restaurant offers a relaxed, informal dining experience with excellent food and wine matches. If you're travelling for business or with a group, Wairau River Wines is also available for private or group bookings.

The Mussel Pot Restaurant  

This Havelock restaurant and café is known to be one of the best places to enjoy fresh green-lipped mussels in New Zealand. Enjoy their classic steamed mussel pots or one of their many a la carte choices like steak, pastas and homemade burgers.  

The Store

The Store offers a warm, cosy atmosphere to enjoy coffee and cake, or a sit-down lunch of their specialty, Marlborough Lobster. Located in Awatere, The Store is the ideal place to relax while you enjoy the sunshine and a glass of Marlborough wine.     

Slip Inn Cafe, Restaurant & Wine Bar, Havelock Marina

Located on the beautiful waterfront at the Havelock Marina, Slip Inn Cafe was voted 'Best Cafe in Marlborough' for 2010 and 2011 by the Wild Tomato Dine Out Awards. Slip Inn Cafe is a great place to relax, enjoy a bowl of delicious, fresh mussels on the deck and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Marlborough Sounds.

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