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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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11:00 - 23:30
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Wodonga, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very average meals the first poor quality meal of 3 over 16 days. Need to pick up your game you where up there once and you provide good service and good atmosphere?

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Thank Craig L
Australia
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our hotel was next to this restaurant so we decided to give it a try. Relaxed and cosy environment. We both had the rib eye and it was delicious. Meals a very large. Highly recommended.

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Thank Eliani_Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
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76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our party of 8 (two families of 2 adults and 2 kids) dined here early January. We had made a booking which was advisable given the time of year and the size of our group. Meals & service were all excellent with lots of options for the kids. What impressed us the most was that when we went to pay,... More 

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Thank MarieFs_6
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to review us with such fantastic comments. It sounds like you all enjoyed everything which is always wonderful to hear, especially our friendly service. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Basel, Switzerland
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50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The kids love it here - especially the fun drinks and decor. Food is good, staff is friendly and relaxed. Nice kids' menu and colouring-in provided.

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SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with positive comments. It is really nice to hear that we are a place which your whole family enjoy coming to visit. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great reasonably priced meals, service was excellent, staff very attentive and friendly. When the bill arrived there was a little note from the wait staff saying we made her night, we felt it was the other way round.

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Thank Steve T
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to review us with such wonderful comments - it is really appreciated. It sounds like you enjoyed everything including our friendly service, which we do pride ourselves on. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love Smugglers, right near the beach, nice selection of drinks, and generous meals. Always a nice atmosphere, good decor and nice outdoor areas. With heat lamps for the colder evenings. Highly recommend going for dinner and drinks here.

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Thank onlynay
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review after dining with us. It sounds like you enjoyed everything which is always great to hear. Thanks again for your comments and we look forward to seeing you again next time. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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83 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner and a few cocktails. Good service and the food was excellent. We had chowder and it was yummy. Will go again.

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Thank Wanda F
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining with us. It sounds like you enjoyed everything, which is always wonderful to hear. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our second day in Nelson was cold and wet,and went to Smugglers for lunch.The food was excellent and the four of us went away very happy and full,The staff were really friendly and helpful,try the spare ribs you will be very impressed and satisfied.

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Thank stephen T
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such wonderful comments after having lunch with us. It sounds like you enjoyed everything which is always great to hear. Thank again and we look forward to seeing you next time you are in Nelson. More 

Newcastle
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an excellent experience. Great ambience with the big table to sit at. Food was great pub food. Reasonable price.

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Thank Tracey B
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments after visiting us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed everything. Thanks again. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant on the first night of our holiday. The food was delicious and big portions. Our waitress was very welcoming and lovely - even overheard her going above and beyond and making some activity recommendations to other diners at another table! I would definitely recommend and can't wait to come back!

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Thank Shannon S
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining with us. It is really great to hear all your positive comments, its really appreciated. Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and we look forward to seeing you next time you are in Nelson. Thanks again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:30
Monday
11:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:30
Thursday
11:00 - 23:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4084
Description
SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY CATEGORY - NELSON
The Smugglers Pub and Cafe is famous for its hearty meals, foaming craft ales and great wines all served up in a unique old world atmosphere.Located within easy walking distance from Nelson's Tahunanui Beach and set amongst the areas' busy motel district, the Smugglers is ideally placed to cater for your group no matter how large or small. Food is available all day and into the evening with extensive snack, lunch and dinner menus including gluten free and children's menus for young smugglers. We stock a variety of regional, national and international wines along with Mac's & Speights beers, Guinness, Kilkenny, Becks and Stella Artois.We are open seven days a week including most holidays and absolutely no surcharges ever. So come on down relax and enjoy the award winning atmosphere that is so unique to Smugglers.

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