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Harbour Light Bistro

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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have had varied service at this restaurant on previous occasions, however our recent visit the service was very good. The food is made from pure ingredients which makes every mouthful enjoyable. On this night, we had the tuna tataki, beautifully fresh. The duck on the smoked pumpkin puree which was delicious. Key lime pie and the coconut rice creme... More 

Thank armada2016
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have had good meals here in the past but this was disappointing. We weren't offered information about the 'specials' but had to ask. The fish I ordered came without the potatoes I'd been told were part of the meal- when they eventually arrived I'd eaten the meal-otherwise it would have been cold. The fish was unpleasantly salty. My friend's... More 

1 Thank wallis12
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117 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by this restaurant on our first evening in Nelson. The meal was great - decent sized portions but not overwhelmingly large. Service was well paced and the staff friendly. We had our first affogato here - a fabulous and light(ish) way to finish a great meal.

Thank Bellatravelscom
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here for breakfast in the past and at lunch time and this time tried a dinner and enjoyed the good atmosphere, friendly helpful staff and a nice selection of food and wines.

Thank dclare142
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic night at this restaurant went with friends and the view from our table was perfect looking out on the bay with boats and a great sunset, then our food and wine arrived ... wow we were all blown away with our food choices and a nice selection of NZ wines I found a new favorite Lawson Dry... More 

Thank Julie M
Liberty, Missouri
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111 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

And an impeccable view out over the harbor, as the name indicates. My salmon dish was about as light and flavorful as possible and cooked perfectly. All my dinner companions felt the same and the key-lime pie was exceptional.

Thank GayeS545
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My husband enjoyed his steak while I very much enjoyed the fish dishes. The helpings were enormous and I only managed half, the second time I asked for a smaller helping and was charged accordingly ! The view out over the harbour is interesting.

Thank anne182015
North Richland Hills, Texas
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775 reviews
489 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Our party of 3 arrived without a reservation but were seated promptly at a table upstairs with a great view! Th server was excellent and always had a smile. The Oysters we had as starters were great! Our Main dishes were great! Dessert was great! I have not one negative thing to say about this place! I highly recommend it!

Thank stevewilhite
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited for lunch. Usually have the Jamaican Pork but if they have fish on the menu you can't resist it. We both chose fish and it was sublime. Cooked with the skin on it's the best. Shared a Key lime pie desert. The best in town.

Thank Neil C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This a great little bistro. The menu although not extensive has got something for most tastes. The meal presentation was inventive and the taste combinations were great. The harbour view was ever changing and interesting and the waiters were knowledgable and not intrusive. Suggest the local wines to compliment the meals.

Thank Gregkaren123

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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$13 - US$27
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?