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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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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (51 reviews)
“steak” (33 reviews)
“fish tacos” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM Hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 566 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was average, the dessert pastry was not cooked and it was over priced. It was also very noisy

1  Thank mlongv785227
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly polite staff. Great variety and portion sizes for meals. Definitely paying for top quality food. Awesome atmosphere and styling. Brilliant disabled access and totally disabled toilet. Try a meal u won’t be disappointed

Thank WilsonFamilyNz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After spending 4 nights here for dinner in a row I'd thought i would have something to complain about. That couldn't been anymore further from it. Absolutely fabulous place to dine, Drinks kept following, food was VERY good! Staff where knowledgeable.

Thank BenS5985
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again when you are visiting sunny Nelson.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great evening meal here on a Sunday. Wasn't too busy and the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Huge portions but delicious!

Thank loopylady
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such positive feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a family lunch...being vego..we ordered vegetarian burrito and crumbed camberet... Both of the meals were outstanding...soo many colours on plate for burrito main... The crumbed cheese was soo fresh and melted on tongue... Restaurant interiors are amazing...loved it soo much..

Thank Singhpsa
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on customer service along with delicious freshly prepared food and appreciate you taking the time to provide such amazing feedback.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been in twice for corporate debrief meals in the last week. Warm welcomes, staff knowledgeable on the menu and drinks menus. Food is so good, great flavors, great location and fabulous atmosphere. 5 stars.

Thank BenS6137
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such excellent feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 September 2018

Trying to book Smugglers on Fathers Day I found the phone constantly engaged so we decided to just arrive with a party of 8. Mike the owner was wonderful giving us various options for seating. We chose to sit in the covered outside area. He...More

Thank Diane W
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such wonderful feedback. We pride ourselves on our food and service here and are very happy to receive your review. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Went there for a combined birthday and fathers day celebration. The food was wonderful and delicious,the staff happy and helpful. The only thing that was a little disappointing is that we had to wait about 40 mins for our meal.More

Thank PhoebeD127
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. Fathers Day was a very busy day and night for us and as all orders are made fresh to order there can be a slight delay on the food arriving. We are very hear that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 September 2018

I have always enjoyed going to Smugglers, but tonight, I found the menu choice limited, and the price of the meals are just too expensive. $ 28 for fish and chips, $ 40 for a steak, $ 13.50 for dessert. We will not be going...More

Thank NelsonNZ
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on great food and customer service and are sorry to receive this review. Whist we appreciate your feedback we are disappointed to hear that you find our menu limited and our prices expensive as...More

Reviewed 24 August 2018

Pub Grub -Yes. And always a pleasure to eat here. Only criticism is change the menu more often - Fish -Good, Steak Pie Good, add a a special please!

Thank Maggie W
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to review us, we appreciate your feedback. We are currently running daily and weekly specials, some of these dishes will be on our summer menu which will be out in November. We hope to see you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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