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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

) #10 of 124 Restaurants in Nelson $$ - $$$ , European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (46 reviews)
“steak” (26 reviews)
“salad” (21 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 455 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

Have eaten several times at lunchtime. Senior meal brilliant. Good value for money, 2 courses for the set price. Great choice of food for all pallets.

Thank HelenG72
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came here to watch the lions tour rugby game on a Saturday night. Great atmosphere in this cosy bar, staff went out of their way to find us a table where we could see the rugby, ended up getting the best seat in the house!...More

Thank Aishling B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lunch on Saturday with my husband as a last minute decision, we were seated and even tho there was going to be a very large group of approx 50 at the same time, we got our meals without a lot of waiting, and they were...More

Thank potterp183
Reviewed 22 May 2017

So my first experience of smugglers was on St Patrick's day and it did not disappoint. These guys know how to throw a party and above all know how to pure a pint of the black stuff. The food here is outstanding and for the...More

Thank RichardHuckvale
Reviewed 15 May 2017

After our lovely family dinner at end of March on a Sat night, we went back again the following Wed night bringing with us more family members. The fish of the day was still snapper but the risotto was gone, and instead they made a...More

1  Thank Julia731
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Hi there, Firstly thank you for you previous review - it was great to hear that you all thoroughly enjoyed the chefs daily creation for the fish of the day he made on the Saturday. With reference to your comments regarding the following Wednesday, it...More

Reviewed 12 May 2017

We visited Nelson for the holidays and our accommodation happens to be near this famous pub, so we decided to have our dinner there. Ordered pork ribs and hamburger. I must say their food taste great, portions were right and really worth it. We'll be...More

Thank Wawa121
SmugglersNelson, Owner at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments - we really appreciate it. It sounds like you really enjoyed everything. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time.

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely wee place was great to stop off & have a drink. Friendly staff & a great food selection although we didn't eat this time we did like the choice in food

Thank jodieslade
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review - it is really appreciated. We look forward to seeing you next time for some dinner.

Reviewed 1 May 2017

Been awhile since we last ate here but suitable pleased with the meal. I had fish of the day which was snapper and it was very very nice. My husband ordered chicken tortilla which he also thoroughly enjoyed. We were seated almost immediately (only take...More

Thank Sheryle G
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such positive comments. It sounds like you both enjoyed your meals. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time.

Reviewed 23 April 2017

Have visited on 2 different occasions and been very disappointed with the food. Lovely staff, great service, nice environment.More

Thank angelinabax
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Hi there, Sorry to hear that you wont be returning to Smugglers. It is very hard for us to improve or know what you did not enjoy about the food if you do not let us know. We welcome feedback, both positive and negative but...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

My family of four had lunch here. Very pleasant family style restaurant. Good kids menu. Nice wine selection. Food was nice, great service.

Thank Tangox3
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with positive comments - it is really appreciated. It sounds like you really enjoyed everything. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:30
Monday
11:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:30
Thursday
11:00 - 23:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4084
  • E-mail
Description
SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY CATEGORY - NELSON
The Smugglers Pub and Cafe is famous for its hearty meals, foaming craft ales and great wines all served up in a unique old world atmosphere.Located within easy walking distance from Nelson's Tahunanui Beach and set amongst the areas' busy motel district, the Smugglers is ideally placed to cater for your group no matter how large or small. Food is available all day and into the evening with extensive snack, lunch and dinner menus including gluten free and children's menus for young smugglers. We stock a variety of regional, national and international wines along with Mac's & Speights beers, Guinness, Kilkenny, Becks and Stella Artois.We are open seven days a week including most holidays and absolutely no surcharges ever. So come on down relax and enjoy the award winning atmosphere that is so unique to Smugglers.
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