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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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European, Pub, Pacific Rim
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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY...
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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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food

Smugglers is a great place to go if you are hungry. They have decent sized meals guaranteed to full you up. Its a lovely spot to have a bite to eat at lunch time. All up great food

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Brooke13xo
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Smugglers is a great place to go if you are hungry. They have decent sized meals guaranteed to full you up. Its a lovely spot to have a bite to eat at lunch time. All up great food

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Nelson, New Zealand
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Smugglers has a great atmosphere very very busy restaurant as soon as you enter you are greeted by the friendly staff. We had a table of twenty so we had our own waitress and wow was she amazing friendly bubbly and making sure you had drinks she was a gem. I had the beef Thai salad it was yummy and... More 

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Greymouth, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Food and ambience great. The staff at Smugglers were very friendly and accommodating. They have a gas fire for winter days

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This restaurant was located right behind the motel we stayed at and was recommended by the motel manager and we were impressed with the fast and friendly service. The food was reasonable, I just had a starter as I wasn't particularly hungry, but I would definitely return if I went back to Nelson and would recommend to others.

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Great food great service really busy and vibrant? front of house waiter was great value . Will definitely be back A++

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

Hi there, Thank you very much for visiting Smugglers and then taking the time to give us such positive comments, we really appreciate it. We enjoyed having you here and we look forward to next time. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Always friendly fast service, meals are more than substantial and reasonably priced, well situated for our motel easy walking distance

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

Hi there, Thank you for visiting Smugglers and then taking the time to give us such positive comments. We look forward to seeing you here again. More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Lovely meal, fresh and hot. Very good and reasonable for the children's meals. Drinks we were told were cheaper to buy as a "jug" not glass...which wAS GREAT.

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

Hi there, Thank you for visiting Smugglers and taking the time to give us such a positive review. We really appreciate your comments and enjoyed having you here. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Penrith, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The food was excellent and most reasonably priced and the staff were courteous and helpful. The decor however is rather seedy and distinctly eccentric. The worst feature is the music and the place would greatly benefit by it being turned off.

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

Hi there, Thanks for your review, we are very pleased that you enjoyed our food and service. But as we are a pub, not a fine dining restaurant, our music level is a big part of our atmosphere. Reading your other reviews, I noticed that you seem to review a lot of other places badly because of the noise. May... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Came to nelson to visit family and chose dinner at smugglers. Great night for grandbaby (7) and the rest of the family. Something for everyone, we did all courses, great food, lovely cocktails, good service.

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

Hi there, Thanks for visiting us, we are very pleased that you all had an excellent time. We hope to see you again. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It was good, nothing really wrong with it, but wouldn't call it amazing by any means. the place has a great atmosphere, but would call it more of a pub than a restaurant.

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

Hi there. Thank you for visiting Smugglers and then taking the time to review us. We hope to see you again next time you are in Nelson More 

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Additional Information about Smugglers Pub and Cafe

Address: 8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-546 4084
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisine: European, Pub, Pacific Rim

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Pub, Pacific Rim

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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