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Harbour Light Bistro

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
11:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Tue 11:30 - 21:30
Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 21:30
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely meal here. The staff were really friendly. Good selection of wine and lovely location. Try to get a window seat.

Thank Pestypete65
Sydney, Australia
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145 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Harbour Light Bistro sits on the water's edge at Nelson, and offers great views across the bay, with the mountains in the background, making for a very pleasant ambience whilst dining. The menu offered a variety of menu selections. I had the braised pork belly for an entree, and my friend had the Cesar salad. I had the braised... More 

Thank Geoff B
Nelson, New Zealand
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60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ate dinner here and sat right at the front upstairs. The view over the harbour is superb. The menu choice is a bit limited for vegetarians (only one mains option) but that was delicious (gnocchi). All the starters, mains and desserts that we had were very good. The service could have been better. We had to ask for a few... More 

Thank WendyB170
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went as part of a group of 8. The food was delicious and the service friendly. Staff seemed to be mostly new to the venue and to NZ and did their best to serve us promptly and answer our questions. Two of us had the entree special of mussels which was a generous serving. Lovely and fresh. Others enjoyed... More 

Thank ZaraMarque
Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food as always. We tried their three course dessert taster and it was lovely. Romantic sunset overlooking the harbour. Friendly attentive staff.

Thank thewalrus2017
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A superb meal with fresh local fare. Reserve a table upstairs for a fantastic view over the water to the distant mountains. We were lucky to get a superb sunset as well

Thank David R
Perth, Australia
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390 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinner was delicious, beautifully prepared and great flavors. Service friendly and efficient. Beautiful views. Good to have a walk along the foreshore after dinner. We walked from town 45 minutes. Highly recommend

Thank Jill M
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food here, mussels, steak and beef cheek, were very good and the view from our table amazing. However the service really let down the dining experience. Waited nearly 25 mins for someone to ask if we wanted a drink and to take our food order and from that point on the service let down the restaurant (e.g. the first place... More 

Thank Darren M
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the perfect Nelson summer evening. We walked to the harbour light from Tahunanui along the shore. We knew the desserts are fantastic so we skipped the entrees 4 a main and desert. Wow! The fillet steak and lamb were superb, the most enticing vegetables and meat, cooked to perfection. The desserts were some of the best weve experienced,... More 

Thank John and Sue P
Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the most wonderful meal at this place. All is cooked to order by only using fresh incidents. Great presentation of the food and extremely tasteful. Special desert recommendation, A must is to order, Chef Steven's "Keylime Pie"!! Very delicious. Otto OPPLIGER, Jacksonville, Florida

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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
Average prices
US$14 - US$27
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
09:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 6685
Harbour Light Bistro is a locally owned Nelson restaurant based on Wakefield Quay, one of Nelsons beautiful waterfronts. Harbour Light offers a selection of locally and internationally inspired dishes. All dishes are made fresh and our menus change seasonally as we use locally sourced fresh produce when possible for our restaurant. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant offers spacious indoor dining with picturesque waterfront views, suitable for large groups or an intimate lunch or dinner for two. Our wines are also locally sourced from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions and are all carefully selected to accompany our many fine dishes. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant is open weekdays from 11.30Am to late. On the weekend we open at 9.30 For brunch then through to close with dinner. Please call us on 03 546 6685 for a reservation so as not to be disappointed.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?