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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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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,
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great pub . Always busy and cater for large groups. Our favourite place to go when on nelson. Our sons rugby team eat there when staying and are always looked after with superb food and always cater to the teams nutrition. Highly recommended

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Jojacal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a group of 5, and they were very busy but nothing was a problem. The staff were friendly, looked like they enjoyed being at work and the food was sooo good! I would definitely come back, thank you for a positive Nelson dining...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank teressaw2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been here a few times over the past couple of years and never had any problems. Staff very cheerful and welcoming. The restaurant is done out like a probable smugglers den, no carpets stone floor. The menu is good and the food is cooked...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Adrian B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We shared the Hot Meat Platter - it was beyond delicious. Really lovely staff and it's such a refreshing change to be served by people who are a little older & capable of great conversation. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 850nikkim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on 5 January 2018. We got the meat platter for two and my friend got the chicken parmigiana. They were both delicious. The service was also amazing, coming from a hospitality background myself I was very impressed.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank AngeliqueK173
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the pub for a drink a couple of times during the Nelson Jazz Fest. A great choice of beers, friendly staff and an interesting atmosphere created by the pirate decor. It’s a little tired and a bit kitch but still works well to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Peterman999
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had two meals here, both were tasty and a good size. Service was excellent, great place to take the kids.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kiwionclogs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came as a large family group for dinner & drinks, had to sit outside in the sun & heat which wasn’t fantastic as even after booking table it wasn’t big enough for our number. Excellent service from the waitresses & owner, be warned if you...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank no1pokachic
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 did not enjoy your meals and are a surprised...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly staff. Unique decor. Good menu selection. Extremely generous serving size for reasonable prices. Absolutely would recommend dining here.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank michellebS5158EQ
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such postive feedback. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, it's super busy here in Nelson & the staff at Smugglers don't seem to let that bother them one bit! Right from the start we were greeted with smiles. Second of all.. MITCH! (I hope thats his name, guy with blonde tips)...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank amyleegorlicki
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on our food and customer service and appreciate your feedback. We will definitely pass your review on to Mitch, he really goes above and beyond.

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