The Vessel – Restaurants Cooks Beach
The Vessel

The Vessel

4.3 (1)
911 2


35 Captain Cook Road
Cooks Beach  3591, NZ

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Summer hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Open now
  • Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed Xmas and Boxing Day
The Vessel

Offering a fresh casual menu for lunches and dinners with a relaxed kiwi vibe in the heart of the Cook's Beach village. Come in for a bite to eat and quench your thirst.

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Relax and chill at our Cooks Beach restaurant 

We are all about casual summer dining and an awesome place to catch up with your mates and family. We're only three kilometres walk, bike or taxi from Ferry Landing and a short drive from Hot Water Beach or Cathedral Cove. 

Indoor and outdoor casual dining 

The relaxed atmosphere of both indoor and outdoor areas means that you can wander in from the beach or jump off your bike and enjoy our hospitality. Appreciate the fresh air under our umbrellas while sipping on a great selection drinks, including craft beers or NZ wines.  

Casual menu and takeaway pizzas at Cooks Beach

Pizzas are our speciality and we also have a great range of  burgers and good honest kiwi fare. 

Don’t feel like cooking? Enjoy an ice cold drink while you wait for a takeaway pizza – please note we do not take phone orders for our takeaway food.


Be entertained with us this summer! Keep an eye out on our Facebook & Instagram pages for live music events. Come along and enjoy our big screen. We'll be showcasing sports events, including rugby games and Americas Cup races throughout the summer. 

Bookings not essential 

There’s no need to book, except for groups of 12 or more, then we advise you give us call in advance, so we ensure we have a space for you all organised.

A relaxed and happy feel is what we are all about. So come on in and grab a table, relax and chill at The Vessel.

The Vessel Owner – Mel Orbell

We will take care of your hunger and thirst. 



Salt & pepper squid (G/F) $14.00
lemon aioli

Coconut cooked mussels (,GF, DF) $22.50
chilli, coriander, mint, coconut, lime and cheesy bread

Crispy fries $9.50
aioli and tomato sauce

Gluten free cheesy bread $
extra $2


Gluten free bun extra $2

Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken $23.50
aioli, lettuce, pickles, brioche bun, tomato, smoked cheddar and fries

Angus Cheeseburger $22.50
brioche bun, pickles, smoked cheddar, aioli, tomato, lettuce, cheddar cheese and fries

Roasted Garlic Falafel V $23.50
cos lettuce, smoked cheddar, avocado, tomato, aioli, smoked tomato and smoked chipotle relish and fries


Gluten free bases extra $4

The Vessel $24.00
pepperoni, salami, chorizo, onion, mozzarella and smoked chipotle aioli

Shakes and bacon $19.50
ham, pineapple, oregano and mozzarella

Kahawai Keeper $26.00
smoked kahawai, capers, red onion, cream cheese, mozzrella, rocket, lemon aioli and dill

Tanned-Ori $22.50
marinated chicken, red onion, mozzarella, coriander, feta, wild rocket and capsicum

Purangi $25.00
prawn cutlets, pepperoni, sliced olives, tomato, capsicum, mozzarella and mushrooms

Merc-garita $17.50
tomato, basil and mozzarella

Light Options

The Vessel Caesar (G/F) $19.50
salt and pepper croutons, lettuce, crispy bacon, house aioli, parmesan and a poached egg Add chicken $4.50

Prawn and Calamari Salad (G/F) $22.50
coriander and herb dressing, sprouts, lettuce, cucumber, orange, tomato and cucumber

Warm Roasted Vegetable (G/F) $19.50
tomato, cucumber, carrot ribbons, roasted pumpkin puree, whipped feta, roasted peanuts and fried shallots


Triple Chocolate Brownie $13.00
mixed berry compote, berry gel, mint, vanilla bean ice cream

Baked Cheesecake $13.00
vanilla crumb, marscapone filling, berry gel, pink raspberry wafer, freeze-dried berries

Retro Ice Cream Sundae $13.00
brownie bits, vanilla bean ice cream, berry gel, mint, chocolate sauce and pink raspberry wafer

Kids Menu

Kids Pizza 8” $10.00
ham, pineapple, pizza sauce, mozzarella, oregano

Crispy Chicken Tenders $12.00
fries, tomato sauce and petit salad

Kids Mini Hotdogs $12.00
fries, tomato sauce and petit salad

Retro Sundae $9.50
vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate sauce, pink raspberry wafer, brownie bits and hundreds and thousands

Mini Brownie $9.50
vanilla bean ice cream, berry gel and chocolate sauce

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Great casual bar and restaurant
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A favourite spot for a Friday business lunch when you've been stuck inside. It's great to have a casual dining option right in Cooks Beach. We have been often, when busy and also when quiet, staff are always friendly and helpful. New menu this year is yum, love the calamari and pizzas. Keep up the great work team!
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Bit like Fawlty Towers but got over laughing after about an hour. Asked for water did not arrive. Asked for menu several times. Finally ordered a wine and a beer, asked several times when the drinks would be arriving finally did after about 1/2 hr. Had to ask for food menu then took ages to have our order taken. After about 2 hrs our meal arrived, took about 5 min to eat. We went to pay they had charged us for 3 bottles of wine instead of 3 glasses, I could have drunk 3 bottles for the time we were there though. Will not be back, feel sorry for the staff, just poor management. We were there a total of 2 1/2 hrs just for lunch.
Owner's reply January 14, 2021

Thanks for your review, but perhaps you have mistaken us with another establishment?
- we don't offer table service for ordering of food or drinks
- our water is help yourself as you enter
- as you enter our front of house staff offer menus, they are also displayed and can be picked up on arrival
- drinks and food orders are pay as you go or via tab at the bar
- our longest food wait was 1 hour at the peak of the season. Long wait times are communicated when orders are taken.
Please feel free to contact me via our email if you would like to discuss further.
Kind regards, Mel

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