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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a lovely evening my husband and I had at the Harbour Light Bistro the food was excellent , services a little slow but we enjoyed the views.

Thank Edinburgh95
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked on a Monday for the following Saturday evening and requested a table by the window. Thankfully the sun set 45 mins after arrival so the location was spot on to view sunset. We started with a shared starter of empanadas with a mix...More

Thank LandN449
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location and views are fantastic, food awesome and great friendly staff. It is a lovely place to be during the day as well and look at the views.

Thank Lynnie1961
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always go here for brunch or breakfast when in Nelson, has great ambience upstairs by windows..has great views and table, menu and coffee. Staff very friendly. Used to a Dairy called harbour Light Store in 1970's. Limited parking outside but car parks across the...More

Thank Carole G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location is fantastic with big panoramic windows overlooking the sea. We watched sunset with main course. The staff are lovely. I had a beautiful fillet steak but the star of the meal was the chocolate terrine. It had a great texture and a really...More

Thank Alex R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was a real find, food with a Spanish influence. We stated by sharing the empanadas, they were little bursts of flavour I then had the white gazpacho, it was a revelation, light and refreshing with a delightful combination of flavours, My wife had...More

Thank Parispuss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has it all, stunning location looking straight out the harbour, with the big ships coming in. Food is tasty, fresh and perfectly cooked. Not a huge menu to choose from, but there is something for everyone, even the fussy eaters. Service is good,...More

Thank danjonelson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a romantic dinner and it was excellent. The restaurant had an awesome design and atmosphere during sunset. The duck confit was delicious, would definitely go again.

Thank stabbish47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our main courses of bluenose fish were delicious while starters of whitebait and mussels were very good too. It’s not a very stylish restaurant but it has a very nice outlook over the bay especially from the tables upstairs and near the windows. Service was...More

Thank stella317
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Beautiful Meal on New Years Eve for Hubby’s Birthday. First time dining here, great view, great flavour, great atmosphere.

Thank Moochi16
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Jenny W
20 July 2016|
Response from Jessica_Coyne |
Hi Jenny Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately we are closed Christmas Evening. We would recommend the Boatshed Cafe which is across the road from us.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Romantic
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 6685
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Harbour Light Bistro is a locally owned Nelson restaurant based on Wakefield Quay, one of Nelsons beautiful waterfronts. Harbour Light offers a selection of locally and internationally inspired dishes. All dishes are made fresh and our menus change seasonally as we use locally sourced fresh produce when possible for our restaurant. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant offers spacious indoor dining with picturesque waterfront views, suitable for large groups or an intimate lunch or dinner for two. Our wines are also locally sourced from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions and are all carefully selected to accompany our many fine dishes. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant is open weekdays from 11.30Am to late. On the weekend we open at 9.30 For brunch then through to close with dinner. Please call us on 03 546 6685 for a reservation so as not to be disappointed.
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