Mills Bay Tasting Room & Eatery
You’ve heard all about our Mussels – want to give them a try?
Our tasting room & eatery is located in the Havelock Marina, right at the front of our packhouse – you’ll be eating the freshest mussels you can get!
We have a big open kitchen, so you can watch our chef prepare your food right before your eyes. Our team is super friendly and very informative, they love to answer any questions you have about mussels, as well as give you recipe ideas and inspiration.
No need to book, just come on by and find a seat, overlooking the beautiful Havelock Marina.
Thursday 11 am – 3 pm
Friday 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
Sunday 11 am – 3 pm
Mixed Mussel Tasting Platter
A selection of grilled, crumbed, smoked, bacon-wrapped and battered mussels served w/ a selection of sauces and crusty bread
Hearty mussel and fresh fish chowder served w/ fresh crusty bread
Garlic Butter Mussels
Half dozen freshly shucked mussels grilled on the halfshell w/ toasty panko breadcrumbs
Classic Steamed Mussels
In a white wine and garlic broth w/ fresh herbs, lemon and crusty bread $15.5
Half dozen freshly shucked beer-battered mussels served w/ lemon wedges and tartare sauce
Fresh Beer Battered Fish
w/ homemade fries and tartare sauce $16.5
Half dozen freshly shucked mussels w/ a crunchy crumb served w/ lemon wedges and tartare sauce
Mills Bay Mussel Fritter
Served on a slice of buttered white bread w/ sweet chilli sauce and salad $9.5
Fritter only $5
Dutch Style Mussel Croquette
Served in a warm bread roll w/ mustard and fresh parsley
Crispy Shoestring fries
Served w/ homemade or tomato sauce $4.5
w/ rocket and parmesan cheese
Want to enjoy Mills Bay Mussels at home, the bach, or gift them to a friend?
We offer takeaway options – you can order instore or give us a call on 035742575 and we’ll get it ready for you to pick up.
Fresh Live Mussels from our saltwater tank, sealed ‘Premium Packs’ filled with mussels, Shucked Mussels and even Mussel Health Supplements can all be purchased from our Tasting Room or Online soon.
Do you have a party or function coming up? Be in touch about our catering options.
As well as delicious mussels for your crowd to enjoy, we deliver the Mills Bay Mussels experience – interactively shucking mussels at the event, bringing along our photo booth and lots of laughs from our fun team.
For more information, contact Rachel
Reviews from our lovely customers
Awesome mussels!! The seating area is smaller than the kitchen, and that is small too. I had the platter and each of the styles was well presented and tasted great.... read more
We had a chowder for lunch and we thought we already had the best there is,but we were wrong,THIS is the best,we went back for a feast of mussels for... read more
Food, staff and experience are AMAZING! Food is made and served with LOVE. Would highly recommend heading to little Havelock & experience what Mills Bay Mussels call the Mixed Mussel... read more
- Michael V
Had lunch here twice and forced ourselves to indulge the whole range on the menu. The Ladies are absolutely fantastic.
We tried every type of mussel with their tasting platter it was GOOD!! Definitely try them out if you’re in Havelock. Check their hours though as they are currently... read more
- Liesbet L
This was by far the best mussels I ever ate! We shared a tasting plate and had the award winning garlic mussels - both dishes were absolutely amazing and we... read more
BEST chowder EVER! I am a local and this place has nailed the chowder!! Keep it up team! It’s a shame they close during winter...
Had the $30 platter, was overpriced for what you got. Staff we very blunt and unfriendly. The food came out at different times when it was all ordered together and... read more
- Clotilde T
I came here 2 times because they're the best mussels I ate in New Zealand. The classic steamed are perfectly cooked and the garlic ones are sooo good.
I rarely write reviews but felt compelled to after having lunch at Mills Bay Mussels on Sunday. Mills Bay ticked all the boxes...excellent friendly service, clean, wonderful presentation of food... read more
We made a detour on our way to Abel Tasman with our rental car to look at the marina. Once done we figured we could eat, saw Mills Bay and... read more
Passing through Havelock looking for green mussels and found this place and shared a platter for early lunch, absolutely delicious and had a lovely chat to the chef and waitress.... read more
Recommended at Apples for Charlotte as the best mussels in the "Mussel Capital of NZ". Highly recommend you try the Mussel platter for mussels every way but steamed, and absolutely... read more
We stopped for lunch after visiting the marina and deciding that this informal little place looked interesting. What a find! It turned out to be one of the best lunches... read more
- Tracy W
We have stopped here twice recently. First time to have a chowder (delicious, creamy, and full of flavour) with fresh bread. The second time was to have the platter to... read more
This place is an absolute Gem! If you're in Havelock it is definitely a MUST to visit. All the food is spectacular! Excellent staff/service, excellent food, excellent prices, clean premises,... read more