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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
11:00 - 23:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service, meal was tasty and decent size., could charge back to motel room. Nice setting has outside seating. .

Thank northchick2016
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78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I arrange meals for our group of 21 for breakfast and dinners. the meals were very generous and full of flavour. I know everybody in our group were very happy with the meals and friendly service. Gary and the crew went over top to help us as it rained all weekend. I as how we could get to the WOW... More 

Thank michael H
Nelson New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This visit i was very disappointed with food. Bland and no taste. Try cutting amount of stuffing in food down n put sauces on the side

1 Thank sue c
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163 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and nice staff, great atmosphere and food was so good that i came back another night. Local beer and fresh seafood one night and the ribs the second night. Stop in!!

Thank Dave S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Welcoming staff are so friendly and prompt, the menu is great with a variety of options. Food arrived quickly and the decor provided fun for a couples date. A must do when visiting Nelson!

Thank M_r W
Porirua, New Zealand
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342 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Décor great, service even better and what a selection. 100% in all areas, This is a must if you are in this end of town.

Thank walkingholiday
Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to Smugglers for many years and never had a bad meal. The decor alone makes it a must visit. Very good service & friendly staff. A lot of the time either Mike or Paul (Directors) are waiting on tables themselves and that is what sets this place apart. They lead the team by example with their friendly... More 

Thank kiwitraveller1020
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing rave reviews from family, we decided to try this place out. Not sure if we caught the chef on a bad day or what happened, but we left thoroughly underwhelmed and $100 broker. I ordered the Salmon and salad, the salmon was nicely smoked, seemed as if it had just been microwaved before served as the edges were... More 

Thank broketravellers
Whanganui, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The moment we walked in they couldn't be more helpful. Service was prompt and the meal well presented.

Thank Pamela939
Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When in Nelson you have to visit Smugglers. Awesome atmosphere, delicious food, friendly service, huge selection of beer including Craft. Wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. Try any of "The Ned" wines they're a personal fav!!

Thank Timmy00

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
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
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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