Dining in Golden Bay - Cafes and Restaurants



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The Mussel Inn Café, Bar and Brewery

Location: 2 km from Adrift, toward Takaka. Winner of numerous awards for its home-brewed beer and for its conservation efforts. Simple but good food, unique atmosphere. The best time for evening dining is probably 5 pm to 8 pm, no bookings are taken or needed. Regular live music. (from 8-9 pm). Open seven days a week. 11 am till late. Ph 03 525 9241  www.musselinn.co.nz


Bacca Bakery

Just a short stroll up our picturesque country lane, you'll find Bacca Bakery, a boutique bakery specialising in sourdough and pastries made from organic, locally grown, stoneground grains.  Coffee to accompany your treats is also available most days.  Open mornings, Tuesday - Friday.


In Takaka:


Wholemeal Café and Coffee Roastery

Location: Takaka maiThe bohemian

Now the oldest original café in the South Island. Bohemian vibe and a big selection of counter food or you can order from the menu. Daytime only. Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am until 3 pm. Ph 03 525 9426  www.wholemealcafe.co.nz


Dangerous Kitchen

Location: Takaka main street

Brick oven gourmet pizzas, burritos, coffees, cakes and counter food. Good selection of gluten-free food.  Open all day and for dinner, Wednesdays - Saturdays.

Ph 03 525 8686


Dada Manifesto

Location: Takaka main street

Speakeasy lounge and an excellent restaurant. Wednesday & Thursday 3 pm – late, Friday – Sunday 11 am – late

Ph 03 525 6111 www.dadamanifesto.co.nz


The Roots Bar

Location: Takaka main street

Gourmet burgers and more with a focus on wild, free-farmed meats and local/regional produce.  Open 7 days: 11 am till late. Ph 03 525 9592 www.rootsbar.co.nz


O'Sha Thai Eatery

Location: Takaka main street

Authentic Thai. Dine-in, take-away or order online. Open Tuesday-Sundays 11:00 – 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Ph 03 5256 117 www.oshathaieatery.com


De-lish Delicatessen

Location: Takaka main street

Weekdays from 6:30 am. Lunches, catering, coffee, chocolate, cheeses and epicure items.  Ph 03 5257 111


The Courtyard Cafe

Location: Takaka

Thai cuisine and other counter food. Ph 03 525 8681


Anatoki Salmon Farm and Café

Location: Kotinga (turn right 2 km past Takaka, heading toward Nelson)

Eat and catch your own salmon. They will smoke and even vacuum pack your catch. Salmon sales. Fully licensed café serving a small selection of salmon-based meals. Free entry. Open 7 days. Closed Christmas Day only. Ph 03 525 7251 www.anatokisalmon.co.nz


Past Takaka, towards Abel Tasman:


Ratanui Lodge Restaurant

Location: Pohara

Restaurant open for breakfast and dinner 7 days (8 am-10 am and 4 pm-close) Open for brunch and lunch Fridays - Sundays (11 am – 2 pm). Ph 03 525 7998 ratanuilodge.com/menu


Molly B's Cafe & Bar

Location: Pohara

Restaurant & bar open Thursday – Sunday 12noon – 8 pm. 03 525 7678


Nikau Cafe & Bar

Location: Pohara

Cafe & bar open every day for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  03 970 3992



And in the other direction, Collingwood & beyond:


The Courthouse Cafe

Location: Collingwood

Great brunch/lunch/coffee spot in the historic courthouse in Collingwood. Open daily, 8 am-4 pm. Takeaway pizzas are available Saturday nights from 5 pm-7 pm. Ph 03 524 8194 www.thecourthousecafecollingwood.takeawaysingwood Tavern

Bistro-style meals or take-aways in a classic Kiwi pub.  Location: Collingwood main street.

Ph 03 524 8160


The Old School Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

Location: Pakawau

Indoor and outdoor dining in the original Pakawau School building. Friday: 4 pm-late, Saturday & Sunday: 11am-late. Ph 03 524 8457 www.old-school-cafe-bar-and-restaurant


Archway Cafe

Location: Wharariki Beach carpark

Quirky little outdoor café set amongst the trees next to the car park at Wharariki Beach. Open over the summer season from 15th November until the beginning of May, every day 9 am – 5 pm. Ph 03 524 807


The Langford Store

Location: Bainham

Established in 1928 by E B Langford, as a purpose-built general store and post office.  Enjoy a coffee or a pot of tea and a slice of cake in this nostalgic setting.  Open 6 days, 9am - 5pm.  Closed Fridays.  www.langfordstore.co.nz



We try our best to keep this information updated but open hours/days may change, so please call ahead to check to avoid disappointment. During the winter season, some businesses may have reduced hours or be closed.

For those wanting to self-cater in the well-equipped kitchens or on the barbeques (villas only), there is a large, well-stocked "Fresh Choice" supermarket in Takaka which is open 7 days a week (until 8 pm during the summer), which you will pass by on the drive to arrive at Adrift in Golden Bay.