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All 121 Nelson Restaurants

Smugglers Pub and Cafe

8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 (0) 3 546 4084
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Ranked #18 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: 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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English first
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 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
56 reviews 56 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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

Invercargill, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 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.

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

Thank you for visiting Smugglers on your recent trip to Nelson, Glad you enjoyed your meals and thanks for leaving a review Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Oamaru, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 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... More

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

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 Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 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... More

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

Thanks for your review your comments have been noted. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I really enjoyed my meal with three others. Actually I had a Turkish bread with chicken on top, and was really full. Good sized meal. Good relations with waiter. Recommended. Really hoping to see some home made aoili soon too! The bought stuff didn't quite do it for me.

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

So glad you and your three friends enjoyed our hospitality and meals whilst at Smugglers. Thank you also for taking the time to write such a positive review. Mike & Paul ( Co- Owners) More

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