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Harbour Light Bistro

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
09:30 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Tue 11:30 - 21:30
Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 21:30
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Grafton, Canada
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We arrived in Nelson around noon time and decided to try this quaint looking restaurant. We were in the shoulder season, so we were happy to find a restaurant that was open on a Sunday. We were delighted to find the service excellent, the views of the bay with the small sail boats weaving in and out of the waves,... More 

Thank 7didi7
Christchurch, New Zealand
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I dined at Harbour Light during a wet and cold lunchtime, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The views (I was seated upstairs) are wonderful - overlooking the bay and nearby islands, and the wait staff friendly and attentive. The menu was varied and interesting, and my gnocchi delightful. It could almost be seen to be a special occasion restaurant... More 

Thank LoveDining77
New Zealand
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89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I dined here two years ago and, although rating it a 5, the wine list was limited and expensive. Can't say that any more. Much improved. We chose the lamb rump and it was truly superb. Followed with key lime pie, which we often talk about because it was so good last time. Again, excellent. Add great... More 

Thank Kiwipj
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127 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Harbour Light with a group and were lucky to sit on the first floor where you have an excellent view over the Tasman sea ! We choose different dishes ... from a fresh Caesar salad, a delicious Fish soup and even a super vegetarian first course to beautiful main courses : Fish of the day, lamb and beef... More 

Thank Guy9120
Torio, Panama
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We liked everything about this restaurant: the beautiful location overlooking the sea, the friendly staff and the delicious food. We had a lamb and a fish dish, both very attractively presented and cooked to perfection. The wine we chose was excellent. Then, we had the best lime pie ever for dessert. I am not a specialist in lime pies but... More 

Thank giselajud
Bangkok, Thailand
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159 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a sunset dinner at Harbour Light Bistro and found the food and service in the range of excellent. The seafood was excellent and the lamb was delicious. The large selection of beer and wine served us well and gave us a lot to choose from. The views from the second floor dining room were spectacular. We recommend you... More 

Thank dickgreene51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you are sitting on the upper floor if you care for the view. The waitress was informative and friendly. The food we ordered were all great from pork belly entree, steak, and the ossobuco. We enjoyed every bite of our meal.

Thank Dan G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was perfection. We had the brie entree, fish main and key lime pie dessert... It truly was perfection on a plate.

Thank Sue C
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit and had a lovely fish dish. Our clients are new to Nelson so thrilled with the views and food. Wine list is excellent. Steve the owner / chef is always generous

Thank foodiesandwine
San Francisco, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a restaurant run by a chef with excellent culinary training (years with Bertold Siber) and it shows. This is the best restaurant in Nelson - the atmosphere is relaxed yet the service and ambience are great. The view and most importantly the food is excellent. I wish I had something like this back in Melbourne!

Thank Lily33532

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$27
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
09:30 - 21:30
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
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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