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Smugglers Pub and Cafe Restaurant

) #9 of 125 Restaurants in Nelson $$ - $$$ , European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (48 reviews)
“steak” (27 reviews)
“salad” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:30All hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 449 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Called in for dinner late before checking into our hotel. Entree was fabulous (fish taco's) my main (chicken wrapped in bacon ) was a little dry but the potato gratin made up for it. My partners dish (the beef cheek) was just far too rich...More

Thank LEXC80
Reviewed yesterday

It's been quite some time since I last was here and I am pleased to report it was a pleasant experience. Friendly staff, not worried about us needing lots of thinking time. Also came and checked regularly for drinks and how meals were. We shared...More

Thank elem7142
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited here on a Saturday night as were able to get a table without booking. The kids are catered for with toys and colouring in etc. Great menu with plenty of options for kids and adults. Heaps of car parks out back . We...More

Thank Twochilledoutkiwis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Service great, food scrumptious, great atmosphere. Had a toddler and very good with him as well. He loved the fish in the aquarium.

Thank 219lynne
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such wonderful comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed everything and the fish tank sounds like it was a hit. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere.....lots of people dining. Shown a table immediately.... drinks arrived quickly.....as did the meal. Steak and chicken look great on the plates....and tasted equally as good. Highly recommended.More

Thank kaatyn
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such wonderful comments. We pride ourselves on great service and delicious meals so it is great to read a review like yours. Thanks again and we hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wine tasting plus some dinner here and it was honestly a good meal. Had the chicken breast which is pretty basic but can be messed up easily. Really enjoyed the night and if I'm ever in NZ again I will definetly be going...More

Thank DamoTravels23
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with honest but positive comments. We really appreciate it. We hope that you enjoyed the wine tasting and enjoyed the rest of your travels. Thanks again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped into Smugglers twice on my short stay. Had the ribs on the first visit and the gluten free hamburger on the second. The ribs were first class and a huge portion. I took more home than I ate. The bread on the hamburger was...More

Thank Elizabeth J
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining with us and for your honest comments. We have passed your comments on to those in the kitchen as we are always trying to improve. Thanks again and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a number of times over the past few years, lunch and dinner and has always been top notch. Staff have changed but have always given good service. Saturday night, the place is packed solid and the service and food is still the same...More

Thank Dellae M
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such wonderful comments. It is always great to read and then tell the rest of the Smugglers Crew. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was our first time to Nelson and we thoroughly enjoyed our time at Smugglers. The service was awesome right from when we walked in right up to when we left. Thanks guys. We were given priority on our orders as the staff were aware...More

Thank leerun2017
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for your wonderful review after dining with us! It is always wonderful to read comments like yours. We are pleased to hear that you made it to your movie on time and are always happy to help! We hope...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went as a family of 3 kids and 4 adults the staff were amazing and very happy and smiley the food was glorious as usual we had ribs and chicken I was fussed so much with the chicken it had corn chip crumbs umm...More

Thank Sandra H
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review - it is greatly appreciated and always wonderful to read. It sounds like you got to sample some of our most popular dishes! Thanks again and we look forward to...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:30
Monday
11:00 - 23:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:30
Thursday
11:00 - 23:30
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:00 - 23:30
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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