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Harbour Light Bistro

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Business meetings

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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
US$7 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We booked a table by the window but really no need as all have a view.The service was polite and efficient and we both enjoyed a seafood meal with soup as an entree.This is a great choice for locals to treat visitors and of course...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank WarrenG422
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The smoked salmon enter was delicious. The lamb rump was tender, moist and yesterday great. The crème brulie was wonderful. Service was excellent. Will come again next time we are in Nelson

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 589PeterC
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Harbour Light Bistro for lunch with a group of friends. We had a table by the window and the view is stunning. Everyone enjoyed their meals - the Hogarth's Madagascar mille feuille for dessert would be a particular recommendation.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Janet T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for my husbands birthday - wow what a treat. The setting is lovely. Best dish was the soft shell crab - I had never eaten a full crab like that before. The service was great, our waitress was very knowledgeable about the dishes on...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Heather M
Reviewed 10 January 2019

We were looking forward to our evening at the Harbour Light Bistro in Nelson, NZ, but ended up disappointed. A pleasant environment, overlooking Tasman Bay. But our reservation was for 7 pm, and even though we had a glass of wine before ordering dinner, our...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

We were in Nelson for a few days and had dinner here one night. Nice place with great views (if you are upstairs by a window) and we enjoyed our food. Professionally run operation ... worth a visit

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Aodhobroin
Reviewed 30 December 2018

We dined here in October with a large group of friends for a special occasion and were very impressed with food and service. So went back tonight to take an overseas visitor to show them what Nelson could offer. Again great food but very disappointed...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tansy58
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

I met here with three friends visiting from Auckland. None of us did three courses, instead sticking to mains and desserts. By unanimous vote we enjoyed our food immensely. We all had something different and each dish looked so great we got involved in a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BruceFarquhar
Reviewed 25 December 2018 via mobile

We are an Australian couple touring New Zealand by motorcycle. We booked our trip back in July and with it some activities and restaurants on the way. Given it was going to be Christmas Day when we arrived in Nelson we decided to book well...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank dellaf2017
Jessica_Coyne, Owner at Harbour Light Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2018

Hi Della We sent you an email on July 25th which is attached below. On Wed, 25 Jul 2018 at 17:17, Harbour Light Bistro <harbourlightbistro@gmail.com> wrote: Hi Della, Thank you for your reservation at Harbour Light Bistro on Christmas day at 7pm. Unfortunately, we are...More

Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

Location great, view excellent, food delicious. Now I have another 40 words to write - what more to you need? Our meals were beautifully cooked. Smoked salmon and periperi squid followed by fillet steak and lamb rump all perfectly delicious. We'll be back.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank stevew538
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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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