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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

€€ - €€€, European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Drove past the Smugglers on the way to our 2 nights accommodation in Nelson, and it looked intriguing and the motel owners also recommended it, so we thought why not - what a mistake that was. It was good to find off street parking behind...More

Thank Iggybah
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went here with aged Father while on a road trip. He loves fish so was really please with a plateful of fine fare. Thanks.

Thank Tony G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Husband and I had a cold platter and a couple of drinks. Excellant service by the staff, and the platter was very nice. It had more crackers than bread which is the way like it. Good selection of cheese and meats

Thank Steph B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in with the kids for a feed of fish and chips somewhere out of the rain. Great handy location to the beach, friendly staff, and a complete separate gluten free menu which was really appreciated. Good size kids meals, colour in menu, and a...More

Thank 3Bubs3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While in town for the Masters Games our netball team of 9 ladies went to Smugglers for dinner. The food was amazing very reasonably priced and the staff very friendly and accommodating. Thanks for a awesome night.

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We happened to be staying at a hotel near Smugglers and chanced upon it when we decided to walk out instead of dining in. The ambiance was nice and cosy, and the service was pleasant and prompt. We decided to go with the pork ribs...More

Thank SW123L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Time for dinner after a huge day of travel and meetings. Meals were generous and tasty with a great selelction of beverages. Unable to fit dessert in but wre able to have a dessert cocktail. Yum! Service was fast and friendly.

Thank Cherie P
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Food here is great never complain about it but pretty dam expensive. The best thing I reckon is they have a great beer selectionMore

Thank buxdelux
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are a surprised to hear that you find us expensive as we think that compared to similar establishments within the Nelson area that we are on par with most but will...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

A warm bar, friendly staff and a glass of Waimea Pinot Gris was a welcome thing st the end of a day out . Emersons Bird Dog and a cold Macs ale went down a treat . We ordered a platter and although there was...More

Thank Heather S
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such wonderful comments. It sounds like you enjoyed both the selection of food and drink. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This family friendly cafe restaurant is five minutes walk from the beach with plenty of parking. The decor is like a pirate ship, very authentic, lots of tables and cosy nooks. Also a great bar area. The food changes often, very fresh and wholesome with...More

Thank Carolyn L
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review, we really appreciate it. It is great to hear that you enjoy all the wonderful things at Smugglers including our food and friendly staff. Thanks again and we look forward...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
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
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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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