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“Fun family restaurant”

Smugglers Pub and Cafe
Ranked #9 of 179 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Logan
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun family restaurant”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

Fantastic pirate themed restaurant selling warm hearty meals.
Easy access to Aloha lodge with a 1 minute walk through the back gate.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Karen W
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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Glad you enjoyed Smugglers thank you for leaving a review and yes we are quite handy to surrounding motels and accommodation providers..

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Invercargill, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Another great place to dine at when in Nelson. Excellent menu, option of indoor and outdoor seating, and off street car parking in good location.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Glenys M
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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Thank you for visiting Smugglers on your recent trip to Nelson, Glad you enjoyed your meals and thanks for leaving a review

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Oamaru, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We called in at 2pm (late lunch!). The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. Food was fantastic, yummy and reasonably priced. We never once felt rushed even though we were the only group left in the restaurant.
One of the places that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends and family! Will definitely visit again when I'm back up this way :)

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank 2014Sandra2014
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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review, 22 August 2014
Glad you enjoyed your lunch with us, and hope yo see you again next time your in Nelson..Thank you also for taking the time to write a review

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Nelson, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Xmas dinner at Smugglers”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I usually enjoy the food and the price at Smugglers but went there with a large group for a mid winter xmas dinner. I was disappointed in the main plate of food as it consisted of half a baked potato, 2 green beans and quite a bit of heaped up sweet potato with ham on top ( I think it was ham). The meat had a lot of fat on it. I had plum pudding which consisted of a small slice of plum pudding and a dollop of ice cream. Yes, I'd go back there again but not for a mid winter dinner. Unfortunately the place is very echoey and as there was 65 of us it was really noisy.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank 450Eileen450
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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review, 18 September 2014
Thanks for your review your comments have been noted.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Handy to Aloha Motel”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is a lovely place to relax and enjoy your dinner. The food was excellent as was the service we received. We were staying at the Aloha Motel which was a 1 minute hop next door to Smugglers.

Visited June 2014
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Thank 493Catherine3
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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Thank you for writing a review and we are happy your enjoyed your meal and our hospitality. We are lucky to be so close to many of Tahunanui Accommodation Providers, so easy walking distance to Smugglers.

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