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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“key lime pie” (10 reviews)
“beef cheeks” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You can choose upstairs or downstairs to eat. Upstairs gives agreat view of the water nearby. Food is beautiful and well presented.

Thank onawinner2016
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Had a great meal here. Excellent views over the harbour. The meals were cooked to perfection and the staff were excellent - nothing was a problem. Prices are just right.

Thank kjs465
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Best steak I've ever had. Beautiful presentation and rich flavour with good selection of wine.

Thank Ha Y
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Seated downstairs in the “ bar “ with late afternoon sun , a lovely waitress , local wines & excellent truffle fries & delicious mushroom bruschetta ... what more could you need? Oh , don’t forget the fabulous view out ! The only improvement perhaps...More

Thank Prue01
Reviewed 3 October 2017

$35.50 for a risotto (nice, with goat cheese) and half a bland spring chicken on top? Presentation was very average, no colour on the plate. Risotto looked like grey porridge.Being a seasoned, well traveled and successful hospo professional I often wonder why be so pretentious?...More

Thank Henk L
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

My partner and I went for a romantic dinner on 24/09/2017. Our request for the best seat was considered - overlooking the ocean and was able to enjoy the sunset while having our beautiful meals. We had 5 course meal and can't stop raving about...More

Thank Romit S
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went here for our anniversary and wow. Best dinner we have had for a long long time. I recommend the soft shell crab best main I reckon I ever had. Also I had pork belly. Very very tasty. Pant wetting..

Thank buxdelux
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Best meal I've had in a long time. Started with the fish empanadas which were hot and delicious with a jalapeño dressing. Mains were beef cheeks and lamp rump, both cooked perfectly, tender and well seasoned. Desert was the lime pie, this was also so...More

Thank Gabbygogo1212
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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$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
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
  • E-mail
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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