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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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11:00 - 23:30
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Auckland, New Zealand
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86 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner and a few cocktails. Good service and the food was excellent. We had chowder and it was yummy. Will go again.

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Thank Wanda F
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our second day in Nelson was cold and wet,and went to Smugglers for lunch.The food was excellent and the four of us went away very happy and full,The staff were really friendly and helpful,try the spare ribs you will be very impressed and satisfied.

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Thank stephen T
Newcastle
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had an excellent experience. Great ambience with the big table to sit at. Food was great pub food. Reasonable price.

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Thank Tracey B
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant on the first night of our holiday. The food was delicious and big portions. Our waitress was very welcoming and lovely - even overheard her going above and beyond and making some activity recommendations to other diners at another table! I would definitely recommend and can't wait to come back!

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Thank Shannon S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great menu selection, the decor was cool and handy location with really friendly staff. Kids loved it here too!

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Thank Chris T
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such great comments. It sounds like you really enjoyed everything. Thanks again. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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200 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place when we walked down from our motel looking for a meal. The service was very friendly, welcoming and prompt. We ordered the ribs on the first visit and were really impressed by the size of the dish and the wonderful taste. The ambience in this place is also very nice (we sat outside). We enjoyed it... More 

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Thank SWGH123
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining with us not once, but twice. It is great to hear that you enjoyed all the things that we pride ourselves on including the friendly service and tasty food. Thanks again. More 

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88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This pub was close to our motel and had good reviews so we decided on going here for our last night in Nelson. We were not disappointed, we were served promptly and ordered drinks. We particularly liked the kids menu as it had food that wasn't the usual fried stuff (e.g roast, burgers 🍔 and ribs). The large ribs for... More 

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Thank Pete Y
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining here with your family. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the selection on the kids menu and our infamous ribs. Thanks again for your wonderful comments and we look forward to seeing you next time you are in Nelson. More 

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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting the World of Wearable Art, we needed a place to regroup and amend our itinerary for the day due to bad weather. The great atmosphere, good food and humorous staff brightened up our day.

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Thank 589riaanb
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are pleased that you took shelter here at Smugglers. Thanks again, safe travels and see you next time you are in Nelson. More 

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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was not what menu indicated! The kids menu is terrible and over priced to be completely honest. The steak meant to come with roasted potato and we got hot chips instead? Kids menu supposed to include an ice cream - we never got one! I went to pay the bill the girl was very happy to take my money... More 

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Thank walkerbarr
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. We believe that we have a wonderful kids menu that includes options such as roast beef, kids platter and fish and chips just to name a few at a very reasonable price of $12.50. We apologize for the kids ice cream sundae as we should have offered it when the table was cleared,... More 

Wellington
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for the jazz festival and to listen the the boogie train blues band. Stopped for lunch as we got here early for a good seat. Had the steak and ale pie with mashed potatoes and veg. Excellent. Good service , food and beer. Recommended pub...

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Thank Shortcat
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us. It is great to hear your wonderful comments. We hope that you enjoyed the jazz too. We look forward to seeing you again next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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
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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