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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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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (49 reviews)
“steak” (32 reviews)
“salad” (28 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:30 PMAll hours
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 498 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We have often been here and twice recently. Mike and his team are tops, they just relate so well and welcome their guests in so many respects. A benchmark that's hard to beat, they personally assist their staff and chat with guests ensuring satisfaction for...More

Thank Bob and Di H
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food excellent. Derive awesome. Absolutely a must visit or two if u are in Nelson, You will not be disappointed.

Thank GRL1951
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great family restaurant. Good food and super friendly staff. The children love the atmosphere. Good beer range.

Thank Aaron R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Smugglers has a great atmosphere and excellent friendly staff. Just must have their 'Billy Bones' spare ribs.

Thank Blair M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had an amazing lunch with family and friends for our last day on holiday!! The dessert was especially amazing!!

Thank Jade R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The location is nothing special at all, food was ok but not great, service was SLOWWWWW, it took almost 40 minutes from ordering to actually get the food (for just two people), and the place kept filling with cigarette smoke that was blowing in through...More

Thank LL11111
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food in a cool setting. The staff are friendly and efficient. We have visited here before on other trips and it still remains the same. Use your entertainment book for a good discount.

Thank philippagoile
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

food was tasty and portions large. we loved the ribs. good value on the kids meal. lots of locals so it’s not a tourist trap.

Thank Liz Price H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered bruschetta as a starter. Very disappointed and we ended up leaving to go elsewhere for our actual dinner rather than risk paying for poor mains as well. Very thick slice of tomato slapped on cold ciabatta (texture of a cracker). The prawn and avo...More

Thank I1874IAkatiem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere, always something to look at, friendly, casual, attentive staff, don't even write down your order, they remember jt,- food comes out in a timely manner, is always hot where needed to be [not the salad!!] prices on a par with other places, the...More

Thank cheifben
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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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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
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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