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Boat Shed Cafe

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351 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9783
10:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 22:00
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Richmond, New Zealand
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Perched over Nelson Harbour, the beautiful views of the Boat Shed are matched by the excellent cuisine and friendly staff.

Thank RaiserScharpe
Beijing, China
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This café is just by the sea with a good view. I ordered a seafood soup which tastes just right, no more no less. The staff is very friendly and patient for my requests.

Thank weekred1982
Detroit, Michigan USA
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167 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ate here with my wife for lunch. The setting overlooks the water and the restaurant oozed history. The soup was wonderful as were the salads we ordered. Nice place to stop - and enjoy a great meal.

Thank Martin G
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It is located right on the highway just outside of the city center. It also offers a chef's menu or a la carte. We had an excellent dinner. Service was friendly.

Thank Eigerhike
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79 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here for tea and cake after passing it on the Ocean highway, the location is lovely and the cakes marvellous. Didn't order any other food, but looking at what came out of the kitchen it looked really good.

Thank Jane P
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The white bait was good but the green salad that came with it was old and yellow! (I have spent many years in the fresh food business and know what you serve to diners and what you throw out - and I was been charged for reject salad). My partners meal was missing items that were included on the menu... More 

Thank Robert C
Jackson, Wyoming
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun little cafe on the water in Nelson. Dinner was delicious serving lamb and fresh fish. We enjoyed a lovely sunset and watched boats returning to the harbor. . we were able to walk from our B &B. (a 10 min. walk). worked well since parking is limited.

Thank lovewildflowers
Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My third time to this restaurant; twice for lunch and once for dinner - what a gorgeous spot it is on the water, the staff are friendly and professional and the food, well it just speaks for itself and the careful attention by the chefs .. this time for lunch as the restaurant was fully booked for dinner (no surprises... More 

Thank JackieKenn
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222 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have no problem making reservation and when we arrived we were seated on the outside balcony. The air is so fresh and the view is very lovely. We ordered some bruschetta - we feel this was a bit overpriced for $4 for a small bruschetta. I had pork belly for main and it was quite good. Service was prompt... More 

Thank Dan G
New Zealand
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This eatery is well worth the visit right on the water . Had a very good lunch with very fresh produce. Would recommend the salmon bruschetta, salad, prawn crepes and fish meal.

Thank travelfurtherafield

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
09:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 351 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 9783

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?