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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, meal was tasty and decent size., could charge back to motel room. Nice setting has outside seating. .

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Thank northchick2016
SmugglersNelson, Owner at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such positive comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed it. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Christchurch
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78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I arrange meals for our group of 21 for breakfast and dinners. the meals were very generous and full of flavour. I know everybody in our group were very happy with the meals and friendly service. Gary and the crew went over top to help us as it rained all weekend. I as how we could get to the WOW... More 

Helpful?
Thank michael H
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. We loved having you here at Smugglers and it is excellent to hear that you enjoyed the time that you spent with us. We will pass you great comments on to the rest of the crew. We look forward to seeing you next time you... More 

Nelson New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This visit i was very disappointed with food. Bland and no taste. Try cutting amount of stuffing in food down n put sauces on the side

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1 Thank sue c
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Sorry to hear that you wrere disapointed with your food. We are more than happy to put sauces on the side or cater to any needs if we are informed about them when taking orders. The menu clearly states what each dish contains. Come back and give us another try as we now have our new summer menu. More 

Level Contributor
163 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food and nice staff, great atmosphere and food was so good that i came back another night. Local beer and fresh seafood one night and the ribs the second night. Stop in!!

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

Hi there, Thank you for your positive comments. Its is great to hear that you enjoyed our lively atmosphere and friendly staff on not just one, but two nights. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time you are in Nelson. More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Welcoming staff are so friendly and prompt, the menu is great with a variety of options. Food arrived quickly and the decor provided fun for a couples date. A must do when visiting Nelson!

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments, its really appreciated. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed everything from the decor to the service. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time you are in Nelson. More 

Porirua, New Zealand
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343 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Décor great, service even better and what a selection. 100% in all areas, This is a must if you are in this end of town.

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Thank walkingholiday
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 positive comments - we really appreciate it. It is great to hear that you enjoy all the things that we think make Smugglers so wonderful, including the selection and the service. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to Smugglers for many years and never had a bad meal. The decor alone makes it a must visit. Very good service & friendly staff. A lot of the time either Mike or Paul (Directors) are waiting on tables themselves and that is what sets this place apart. They lead the team by example with their friendly... More 

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Thank kiwitraveller1020
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positivecomments. It is great to hear that you enjoy all the wonderful things about Smugglers including our friendly service. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing rave reviews from family, we decided to try this place out. Not sure if we caught the chef on a bad day or what happened, but we left thoroughly underwhelmed and $100 broker. I ordered the Salmon and salad, the salmon was nicely smoked, seemed as if it had just been microwaved before served as the edges were... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your comments as they have been taking on board. We do understand that everyone has a different taste as we have had many great comments on both the dishes that you sadly did not enjoy. Just to clear a few things up - the salmon and the potoates are heated in the oven and not... More 

Whanganui, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The moment we walked in they couldn't be more helpful. Service was prompt and the meal well presented.

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Thank Pamela939
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments after dining with us. It is excellent to hear that you enjoyed our friendly service as it is something that we pride ourselves on. Thanks again. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

When in Nelson you have to visit Smugglers. Awesome atmosphere, delicious food, friendly service, huge selection of beer including Craft. Wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. Try any of "The Ned" wines they're a personal fav!!

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Thank Timmy00
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments as it is always great to hear. We are pleased that you enjoyed our selection of beers and wines. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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