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Hooked on Marahau is a cafe and beer garden located on the Marahau waterfront; 1.5Km from the start of the Abel Tasman National Park's Coastal Track. Hooked has arguably the best view in the area with vistas across Tasman Bay and north along the Astrolabe to Adele and Fisherman's Islands in the Abel Tasman. We serve cafe style breakfast and lunches with barista coffee and homemade baked goods. We also have a daily happy hour from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Dinner is bistro style with local wines and locally brewed craft beers.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Cafe, Seafood, European, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had the best fries ever here. We discovered the cafe while waiting for the water taxi before we walked the Abel Tasman and boy did they taste just as good when we returned off the walk. Great staff and good coffee.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Looks awesome. Fabulous view friendly staff but we felt let down by the food. It was very busy and they did squeeze us in the drinks were nice and cold. Unfortunately the fish on our burgers was over cooked and the slaw in the burger...dry. Not sorry we went there just a bit disappointed .More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had just arrived by water-taxi in Marahau having completed the ABel Tasman Walk. Stopped in this cafe for coffee. Very limited range of items in the cabinet. Restaurant area clean and tidy. Coffees were fine. Plenty of seating.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Their loaded fries have set the bar for all other loaded fries for the rest of my life! OMG yum!!! Hubby loved his pork ribs as well !!! Will be back xxx

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 10 March 2021 via mobile

Excellent gluten free options - they even have GF profiteroles! Friendly, helpful staff. Fantastic view and delicious coffee. Great find.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 4 March 2021

This restaurant was recommended to us by someone from Nelson and it was really very disappointing, We were seated out the front which could have been nice with a nice outlook except we were seated next to noisy kids ++ who were talking/yelling/singing at the...top of their voices with parents who were oblivious to how it was affecting other diners- not the restaurant's fault but not a great start. The menu not very exciting at all and really wasn't any much different to a pub menu really. We ordered ceviche which I have had many times and like to have with a large squeeze of lemon so asked for lemon when ordering it. It arrived without it, so reminded the waitress who came back with 2 small slices you would put in a drink- not at all squeezable, so asked for a proper wedge. This was met with a reaction like I was asking for something special or expensive. 1 wedge arrived My husband asked for wasabi and he was looked at as if he was talking a different language and then told 'no' they did not have any. The ceviche arrived and unfortunately, the fresh herbs mentioned in the description in the menu was coriander which my husband cannot eat. Lucky for me because the serving was very small with fish cut into very tiny pieces and not big enough to share anyway. Something like coriander should be specified in the description as it is so polarising and many people do not like it. The squid we ordered was just ok. The 'special coating' was pretty underwhelming really. The mayonnaise that accompanies it was also on the small side and we had to ask for more. Not enough provided for the amount of squid. The Bao buns with lamb were ok. The buns texture was as if they had been over steamed, not light and fluffy, a bit dense (I often use these so had a fair idea how they should be) The best part of the meal was the iced coffee at the end which came with ice cream and cream- very tasty. The whole experience was underwhelming, with very average food, served by wait staff who seemed not very friendly and flustered and reacted to requests like we were asking for the world when we had been told it was excellent. Very disappointing.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 24 February 2021

Staff were lovely but did not know the menu and when asked what was in something they failed to even offer to go and find out. Food was average

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 24 February 2021

The last time I was in Marahau was 25 years ago so I was pleasantly surprised to see how the area had changed, including seeing this lovely cafe right on the water front. My husband and I stopped in for coffee and the next day...returned for breakfast. We ordered 'The Gav' fully cooked breakfast which was excellent. The service was equally as good. The beautiful outlook is the icing on the cake. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

An awesome place. Lovely waitresses. And definitely amazing food. A diamond in the rough for sure. Prompt service

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 21 February 2021

We were staying close by with Hooked being the only place open we would of loved a restaurant meal after a 5 hour walk. Super booked up and Covid hit we requested takeaways. We were placed in a corner to wait as Covid just hit...Auckland. Looking at what was being served the meals looked huge. There was a choice of Big plate or small. We both chose big being extra hungry . Once back at our accomodation we opened up the Seafood Spaghetti to find only 2 green lipped muscles and one calamari with about 7 cm of spaghetti. Returning our meals for the first time ever I don’t recommend this restaurant. Explore further to Kaiteriteri.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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