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Bar, Pub, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Both my husband and I thought the food here was fine but nothing that would bring us back. All we ordred were our mains - no appetizers or desserts. He had the fish and chips and said the batter was a bit undercooked. It was...still edible, but it lacked the crispiness that makes battered fried fish really good. I had the Rib-eye. It was a bit thin and 1/2 was cooked medium vs the med-rare I ordered. It also just didn't have the flavor I expect in a Rib-ey.e. They had a Wagyu fillet on special that I should have ordered. Someone at a table next to us ordered that and it looked delicious. We arrived at 7 PM and they were out of 2 things on the specials already (1 was lamb that I would have ordered). If you want t good chance of having all specials available, might be worth going a bit earlier.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful casual dinning cafe. The food portions are very generous and reasonably priced. Staff were very helpful and cheery.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came there without we have booked a table but they arranged one directly. The food was splendid, the waitress was a smart, bright, funny girl and responded rapidly. They served a well tasting menu with broad variety, from salads to slow cooked meat. An...extra plus for our waitress Ei Ei Wai ❤️More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent ambiance for this restaurant. Discovered by chance during a 2 weeks travel trip with friends. Very good meals (quality and quantity) in a cosy pirate tmosphere. thank you Peter for advices !!! The adress to discover in Nelson waterfront

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024 via mobile

Absolutely amazing, food and service. Also great for family visits. Highly recommend. I had the fish of the day, amazing salad and perfectly cooked fish.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 December 2023 via mobile

I’ve been here a few times lately and the service is second to none and food is always superb! The owner is often out doing service and taking orders, nothing is to much or a problem and that 2 course menu a main & dessert...or coffee (you choose if you don’t want a dessert have coffee) $25.50 fantastic! The beer tasting board - great value!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

Amazing service from every front of house staff member. Good food and fair prices. Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome even through their busiest time. 10/10

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Great service, price . The 2 course set menu at lunch is wonderful value. We are regulars, consistency a strength and seniors service a key element of this rest. Mike and Paul and the Smugglers team always wecoming.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023 via mobile

We were in Nelson for three nights and ate here on our second night. It was so good that we went back there for our third night in Nelson - can’t give a much better recommendation than that The food was great. We had tacos...and burritos the first night and BBQ ribs and lamb duo ( from specials menu) the second night. All of these dishes were great but the lamb duo was the best - it was delicious Portion sizes are generous- be aware that the deserts are huge - we ordered one to share in the first night and glad we did when it arrived. We were too full the second night to have a desert Staff really friend and a nice atmosphere Prices very reasonableMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

Visited for a quick bite to eat, excellent service, great food and food prices loved the fish and chips. Lots of meal options and would visit again

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

Not only were the meals very good value for money, what stood out was the attitude and friendliness from all the staff, a real compliment to the owner

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 May 2023

Love this restaurant. It is soooo friendly, quick service (even when they are almost full). We went on the off chance on Mother's day that we would get a seat - and they were happy to find us a lovely spot for lunch. The food,...service and prices are all excellent. It has a great atmosphere - of Pirates in times gone by - so much to look at. Congratulations to the team.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

Had an after-wedding catch up with some family & friends here for a drink and dinner recently. The food was lovely, the staff were friendly, and overall there was a great atmosphere in the place. Everyone really enjoyed themselves. I must add, my parents had...ordered a taxi which hadn't turned up by closing time and when the owner noticed during lock-up, he kindly brought them home in his own car. A very kind gesture and one which they were very grateful. Thanks Smugglers.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 6 May 2023

Disappointed, ordered a steak was nicely cooked but too small, came with a average sized baked potato with chives and sour cream, potato was powdery and coleslaw was average. For the price have had much better at other restaurants in Nelson. My son's burgers were...alright but the chips were greasy and looked like they had been through the deep fryer twice. Cheese cake was average. Ordered a beer and glass still had lipstick on it from previous customer. They replaced my beer which is fine but a little sorry about that wouldn't have gone astray. Can't say I will be heading back there any time soon. Average at best.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

What a awesome place to have food! Stumbled across it and now is one of my favorite places. Greeted with a smiles from all staff and the decor was unique. I ordered the lamb shoulder and it was among the best I've ever had, just...didn't want it to end. It left such a good imprint on me that I decided to buy one of their t shirts :)More

Date of visit: April 2023
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SMUGGLERS PUB AND CAFE, Nelson - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Smugglers Pub and Cafe offers takeaway services.

Smugglers Pub and Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5