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All 121 Nelson Restaurants

Smugglers Pub and Cafe

8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Ranked #17 of 121 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: European, Pacific Rim
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
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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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We were here on a quiet evening , but we liked the atmosphere and found the bar staff very helpful and chatty. Great basic food and generous quantities

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your meal and visit to Smugglers and thank you for taking the time to write a reviews Paul & Mike (Co-owners) More

Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Great atmosphere with the rugered pirate theme. The food is excellent and will not go home hungry. The staff are friendly and great to chat to. There is a wide variety to choose from and it certainly doesn't lack flavour.

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we are so happy to read that you enjoyed your visit to Smugglers Pub & Cafe Mike & Paul ( Co-owners) More

Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My wife and myself dined at Smugglers two weeks ago and both enjoyed good wholesome food. My wife had the chicken whilst i tried the succulent swine washed down with speights draft cider and it was huge, certainly not for the faint hearted. Both the chicken and the pork were very nicely cooked and tasty, although the veg was a... More

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us at Smugglers for your meal, we are happy that you enjoyed your meal and your comments have been duly noted. Thanks again Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had a meal a fortnight ago & are going again. The food was so tasty & the service was really good. The size of the meal was great to nice to have such good portions

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanking you for your review look forward to your next visit and we are glad you enjoyed your meal with us at Smugglers. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Really well decorated without being pirate OTT. Big size food portions that were great value for money-food ok, fresh cut fries instead of frozen would really add to the meal. Really friendly and helpfull staff.

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Smugglers and glad you enjoyed our hospitality and meals, we have taken on board your comments Mike & Paul (Co Owners) More

Wellsford
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was Friday night and the Inn was very busy, but the service was great and the food delicious. I was impressed that so much trouble had been taken to provide seating for large groups down to couples.

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review we try to cater to everyone..Glad you enjoyed your meal and liked the atmosphere at Smugglers Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Nelson
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Very happy with the taste and size of the meal. I've eaten here a few times and never been disappointed thanks

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Smugglers and taking the time to write a review Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great atmosphere with good food. They have a massive concrete table- perfect for large groups (20 people) and have used that over the years for work functions.

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Welcome back to Smugglers and thanks for the review we are glad you enjoy visiting and making use of our large Captains Table.. Look forward to your next visit Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Four adults and two children came here on what was quite a busy Saturday night. Because of the ages of the children it was quite an early booking. Three adults had steak which was a big, hearty meal (some of mine went home in a "doggy" bag) The other adult had a hamburger which he said was tasty. The children... More

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting Smugglers with your family, glad to hear you enjoyed your meals and thanks for taking the time to leave a review.. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Logan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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

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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed Smugglers thank you for leaving a review and yes we are quite handy to surrounding motels and accommodation providers.. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

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