Cnr High St and London Quay, Picton, New Zealand
03 573 5630
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Good Food + Good People 

= Good Times

Life is too short for anything less!  Come and see us at Cafe Cortado on the Picton Waterfront

Cnr High St and London Quay, Picton
Phone 03 573 5630
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Cafe Cortado, Picton NZ

Cafe Cortado is a bustling, local restaurant, cafe & wine-bar in Marlborough Sounds, NZ

With our great location in the seaside village of Picton, Cafe Cortado offers guests slightly South American infused menus, created from fresh ingredients from the region and of course we also offer a fun night out! Cafe Cortado is located right on the beautiful Picton waterfront and offers fresh contemporary fare, from fabulous pizza to our large selection of delicious NZ seafood.

Our restaurant offers a wide variety of food & fun, so make sure you check opening hours as they vary between seasons. We have so many different events going on, from live music to food and dining specials, make sure you check out our Events pages frequently so you don’t miss out!

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New Winter Menu

Come in out of the cold and try something from our new Winter menus to warm you up and ward the winter chills away. What will you choose?

Planning an Event?

If you are planning a special occasion or need a venue for a large group in Picton. The team here at Cafe Cortado would love to hear from you to discuss your plans and see how we can help bring them to life.

We will do everything we can to ensure have a great night. So pop in to see us or give us a call of flick us an email and we will be in touch.

Boat Tours in Picton

Explore the Marlborough Sounds with a boat cruise
There are many operators heading out and about into the Marlborough Sounds for quick cruise arounds, half day, full day & overnighters - take your pick and enjoy this beautiful part of NZ by boat.


Prefect Weekend Lunch Spot

Reviewed by Sesj, September 2019

Tasty food, good range of beers and wines, great kids menu, prompt service and relaxed vibe. Perfect for lunch on a rainy weekend.

Nice Lunch

Reviewed by Lincoln J, September 2019

After leaving the Interislander and before travelling further into South Island this is a convenient place to stop for lunch with ample roadside parking. Good range of cabinet food combined with a more extensive Menu.

Beautiful Dinner!

Reviewed by Kylie M

Absolutely beautiful food and service here! We went as a group of girls, arrived at 8pm for dinner and they were very accommodating of us! Good variety of food too.


Reviewed by Lucinda J

First time we’ve been here and loved the atmosphere, location, service and most of all the food. We had the tapas which were top notch

Lovely Evening

Reviewed by Kirstygal, September 2019

Nice wine sitting outside by the fire! Bartender friendly, good food and great wine list. Will come back again.


Reviewed by Bevan C, August 2019

Food was amazing, staff were amazing, overall an amazing experience.

An Excellent Cafe

Reviewed by Graeme W, August 2019

An excellent cafe in sunny Picton. A quick stroll from ferry terminal and waterfront. They do a good eggs Benedict.

Highly Recommend

Reviewed by Peter W, August 2019

After reading through All the restaurant reviews on Tripadvisor it was clear on walking into Cafe Cortado we made the right choice. The restaurant was nearly full and had a lovely ambience. Our food was very tasty and the Pizza Hot Stuff lived up to its' spiel. Staff were friendly, welcoming and hard working all with a smile. Highly recommend.

Great Location

Reviewed by Brad C, July 2019

The cafe is in a great location in Picton with views of the harbour you can see the ferries and cruise ships coming and going. The coffees are also good and the service friendly.

The Best Seafood Dish We Could Have Imagined

Reviewed by Brandaon F, June 2019

The best seafood dish we could have imagined!!! This feast of a dish was so large and inclusive we couldn't finish it, and I was hungry! All of the food was cooked very well and the addition of a new sea creature we had never tried before was more than we could have asked for. They had a great wine selection and everything just tasted so good. I recommend informing the kitchen ahead of time if you plan to get it, apparently it takes quite a while to prepare.

10/10 Best Smoked Salmon Pizza Ever

Reviewed by NewFacesV2

Had the Smokin' Salmon pizza. 10/10 best smoked salmon pizza I've ever had.

They Really Delivered

Reviewed by Joanne O, May 2019

We were a group of 22. They promised us they would serve us all at the same time and they really delivered. Well done guys and thank you. Food was good too!

Vibrant Place

Reviewed by I Guo, 1st April 2019

Vibrant place with view of the harbour. Staff was lovely and attentive. Food was good, the tapas were great if you want a light meal or something to share, decent size for the price. Tastes not bad either. They have a wireless table service device on table for any table service, water, bill, and order, so smart.

Absolutely Lovely

Reviewed by Clifford B, 27th March 2019

Absolutely lovely. Dipeeka the manager has a great smile and makes certain all is good. Very very pleasant.

Would Highly Recommend

Reviewed by Joy E, 25th January 2019

Very good. We had a selection of tapas to share between us which was excellent. The food had obviously been freshly prepared and the service was fast and attentive even though the restaurant was very busy. Would highly recommend.

Excellent Place to Eat or Have a Drink

Reviewed by playgroundglobe, January 2019

Came for breakfast and lunch while in Picton. It has good coffee and scones!
I had fish for lunch, really good & fresh.
It's an excellent place to eat or just have coffee or just drinks, while watching life happening in Picton, location is overlooking the harbor at the corner of high street, perfect!

Buzzing Saturday Night in liveliest Cafe in Piction

Reviewed by pbrooks, January 2019

Short queue to be seated in lively Picton Centre Cafe with amazing harbour views. Pizzas were amazing with great selection of local Marlborough wines.

Delicious Meal

Reviewed by Hendrik B, January 2019

Nice staff, delicious meal, free water and even free wifi. Hope to come back soon :)

Food was Magnificent

Reviewed by Joanna C, January 2019

Had Dinner new years eve and breakfast in the morning. Place was humming and staff kept up amazingly well. Food was magnificent.

Great Place For a Family

Reviewed by arianakopa, November 2018

Delicious food order the rib eye steak definitely worth its price and absolutely excellent service the waiters were very attentive. Great place for a family.

Great Service

Reviewed by Simon M, November 2018

Great service
Great spot
Nice food and coffee
Huge portion

A Food Lover's Dream Come True

Reviewed by Allen H, November 2018

A food lover's dream come true. Doesn't happen often. The ingredients run and swirl together, amplifying each other's flavor. Prices are reasonable compared to other places, but then again, each person has their own idea of reasonable. This location is highly recommended if you're in town!

Huge Pizzas

Reviewed by Paul N, October 2018

Helpful staff, good huge pizza's and great selection of Mrs Mac's draught beers.

Huge Pizzas

Reviewed by Paul N, October 2018

Helpful staff, good huge pizza's and great selection of Mrs Mac's draught beers.


Reviewed by WayneCamberra, October 2018

Lovely to get indoors on a rather coolish day. Outstanding mussels and polenta chips. Quick professional service, especially a very good flat white.

Great Tapas!

Reviewed by Denva G October 2018

Great service, fabulous food, 5 tapas shared between two adults worked out well. Thoroughly recommend!


Reviewed by Di, October 2018

We arrived into town fresh from the airport after a long flight from Perth. Cortado was open and was warm and inviting from the cold wet weather. We opted for a brekky meal and were totally blown over by the size and quality of our breakfast. My eggs were to die for and I opted for chorizo sausage with my meal. The staff were friendly and accommodating and the prices were very reasonable. Our party of five adults and 1 child were well fed, warm and satisfied.

Great Wee Spot

Reviewed by Aman S, 28th March 2019

Great wee spot and the Eggs Benny is amazing. Friendly team and good service
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Contact Details

Address: Cnr High St & London Quay, Picton
Phone: 03 573 5630
(please phone rather than email for bookings)

Opening Hours

  • Winter (start May- end of Sept)
    7 Days, 8am - Late
  • Closed Christmas Day

  • Open all other public holidays

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