Dining Out Guide for Marlborough, NZ

Located in the Northeast of the South Islands with a population of 46,000 inhabitants, Marlborough is both a district and a region.  It is therefore called Unitary Authority. Widely acclaimed for its Sauvignon Blanc wine, the great Marlborough Sound, and its dry climate, the name was taken from the earliest Marlborough province which was named after an English General and Statesman, His Grace General The 1st Duke Of Marlborough.

Marlborough prides itself as one of the world’s best producers of Sauvignon Blanc wine and several dining outlets (Restaurants). Below is a list of the 6 best restaurants in Marlborough.

1. Arbour

Arbour is located at 36 Godfrey Road, Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough’s renowned wine-growing district. Their production is local and seasonal which is a mixture of exciting warm beverage and modern cuisines. A ‘Just Feed Me’ menu is always offered to customers by the chefs which is made up of 3 – 4 or more courses that reflect the ingredients being featured on that particular day.  Their food menu consists of Contemporary European and New Zealand cuisines. Free off street parking, Full bar, Highchair Availability, Outdoor Seating etc are some of the restaurant’s features.

2. The Burleigh Gourmet Pies

This restaurant is located at Corner Batty’s and New Renwicks Road, Burleigh, Blenheim of Marlborough District. Their cuisines include Dell, Café and are vegetarian friendly and meals are that are served Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Food menu consists of Wine Barrel Smoked Mushrooms, Takeaway Havana Coffee, and Chilli Sticks. Features include Outdoor seating, Takeout, and Wheelchair Accessibility. 

3. Rock Ferry Restaurant

They are located at 80 Hammerich’s Road, Blenheim 7272, Marlborough Region, New Zealand. Their philosophy is to brew real wines which speak of their home, and to express the pure distinct flavour from their organic estate vineyards in Central Otago and Marlboro.  Their cuisines consist of local, European, and a full wine bar. Their features include Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Street Parking.

4. Gramado’s

The name is inspired by a small town in Southern Brazil that was renowned for its fine wine. The Gramado’s is located at 74 Main Street, Blenheim, Marlborough District. Their food menu consists of Brazilian and South American cuisines. It is a warm and cosy place but corkages or B.Y.O is not allowed. Their features include: Free WiFi, Parking space, Reservations, Wheel Accessible, and Outdoor Seating etc.

5. Babagatto

Situated at 7 Morrison Street, Nelson Square, Nelson 7010, New Zealand. Italian, European and Mediterranean cuisines are offered at the Babagatto. Special diets include vegan options, gluten free options, and vegetable friendly. Features include Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Table Service and Alcohol service.

6. Hopgoods

It is located at 284 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, Marlborough district. Cuisines include Vegetarian friendly, Vegan options, European and New Zealand. Cheesecake with fruits and Beef Fillet are some of the customers’ favourites at Hopgoods. Features include Outdoor Seating, Parking Lot Space, and Wheel Chair Accessibility.


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