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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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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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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived here after 8:30pm after driving 5 hours straight from christchurch and well, we were delighted to find it was open, they were welcoming, and the waiters were super friendly. On top of that, they have table service was was a pleasant surprise and the food was ample - we had the headless chicken salad (no idea why it's... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with positive comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of your Smugglers experience including the food and the service. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Smugglers is in the seaside suburb of Tahuna. It is a pleasant, laid back restaurant bar. The staff are organised and professional, the food is of a very good quality and reasonably priced. All taste are catered for, with fish, roast, chicken, steak and some Thai dishes. It has ample inside and outside sitting and has a very good atmosphere.... More 

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Thank DeliaMorris1957
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments after dining with us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed both the service and the food - two things we pride ourselves on. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The spare ribs are to die for. Highly recommend. My husband and I got the small serving and that was plenty. Chips and salad too, what more could you ask for>>>>

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

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed one of our most popular dishes! Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again next time. More 

Valla Beach, Australia
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72 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Would highly reccomend you book, very very busy resturant, great kids menu with acctivity packs given, not the cheapest around but meals were good.

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Thank susie622
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining at Smugglers. It is great to hear positive feedback. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

A Saturday night some weeks ago. from the time we ordered our meal to receiving our meal it was 52 minutes. at half an hour we were getting scratchy (and hungry) no one was offering to re charge our drinks, by the time the food arrived we were quite annoyed. We had all chosen different meals and ALL of us... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your comments - our apologies for your experience. It is a shame to hear those things regarding the wait, the lack of drinks and the food. You must have visited some time ago as we have not had pasta on the menu for a while now. We aim to always keep our customers informed if... More 

Chester, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Had pork rib special - it was huge 9 large ribs with chips and salad - starve before you go! Good selection of local beers, staff were great and service quick. Approx 1k walk from Bella vista motel, on outskirts of town. If you're hungry it's a definite filler.

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

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. It sounds like you did not leave hungry! Thanks again for your positive comments. We look forward to seeing you next time your in Nelson. More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

It was nice and very good. We had the fish tacos, fish and chips and some burrito. The service was very good and we really enjoyed the lunch.

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

Hi there, Thank you for you comments, it is great to hear that you enjoyed your meals and our service. Thanks again. More 

Turin, Italy
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Food at the Smugglers Pub & Cafe is rather good: I got salmon and my wife got wenches nibbles, we also tried our first ginger beer which we liked a lot. However what we will remember the most is the beatiful and pictoresque pirate dressing of the pub

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with positive comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed everything including the theme. Thanks again. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

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

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Thank northchick2016
SmugglersNelson, Owner at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such positive comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed it. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Christchurch
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87 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such wonderful comments. We loved having you here at Smugglers and it is excellent to hear that you enjoyed the time that you spent with us. We will pass you great comments on to the rest of the crew. We look forward to seeing you next time you... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, 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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