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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • 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 2 days ago via mobile

Friendly service. Great Food. Lamb rump was excellent as was the snapper fish of the day. Good wine list and nice view over the harbour.

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had NYE dinner at the restaurant. For entree, the whitebait was quite expensive at $25 for one piece. For mains, both the steak fillet and John Dory were delicious. There was a lot of variety on the plate for the steak: sauce, carrots, potato...More

Thank AlwaysBeKiwi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Location is superb especially if upstairs near window. View is spectacular. Food was awesome. Highlights were squid entree and quay lime pie for dessert- it’s possibly the best dessert I’ve eaten and I’ve had a few! Service- lovely waitress but she didn’t know the menu...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely restaurant, the service was very good the food was delicious, we started with the Peri Peri Squid & could not fault it, so tasty. Our mains were the Lamb rump & Duck Leg, the Lamb was cooked to perfection, so tender,...More

Thank Jennie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was good, not great. The wine list was comprehensive and offered a good range. The wait person was very average, pleasant but with very minimal knowledge of what was being offered. The mains came with a lot of vegetables but the wait person...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely night, great food, excellent service & beautiful view. We sat upstairs near the window. Recommend & will be back next time in Nelson. Thanks Harbour Lights 🥂

Thank Dezigner07
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly Great location, good views Kid food was really good - not always the case Nice drink list Our food was very well made as well. My cured salmon was tasty and moist. The main of chicken was good, esp the risotto, though one...More

Thank cyril_lm2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Liked the look f this place when we had walked past so decided to go for dinner on our last night in Nelson. Even though we had not booked we were taken to a table upstairs and whilst not in the window it still had...More

Thank geordie9Kent
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Dined here with friends for lunch. The cafe was quiet and we were seated up stairs. The views are great. I ordered whitebait and was disappointed with the small size of my meal. The lone pattie was the size of a burger pattie. My wife's...More

Thank Julian S
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Lunch again. A bottle of Chardonnay with a shared entrée of carpaccio octopus followed by fish of the day for her and pork belly for me. Delicious.

Thank Neil C
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Jenny W
20 July 2016|
Response from Chipmunkie |
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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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