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All 133 Nelson Restaurants

Smugglers Pub and Cafe

8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Ranked #13 of 133 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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English first
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is a real pub type venue where portions are huge. We sat outside on a lovely evening and enjoyed the laid back feeling and the food.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

First time here. Excellent friendly service . Food delicious had fish dish. Very fresh and tasty . Highly recommend!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Only ate here once during our stay in Tahunanui but food was very good and value for money. Staff pleasant and welcoming. Would have eaten there on another evening but they had live music on - well, all I can say is that they made up for in loudness what they lacked in musical skill (we were not the only... More 

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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Visited the restaurant twice, loved the lamb rump, and loved the steak and scallops. Cheese cake was excellent as was the short bread stack!

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Breezy Point, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had our toddler with us when we went for an early dinner. This place was very accommodating to our needs as well as the toddler's. The menus were more than pub grub. And they went out of their way to ale sure everything was perfect for us. They carried great beer choices of. The local fare. Just a great... More 

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Christchurch
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

Basic food, while presented nicely and cooked as it should - $23.90 for 6 ribs (other diner did get 8) $25.90 for open steak or chicken sandwich - we could go on....overpriced pub grub. Drinks - tray with three full glasses tipped, by waitress, down the back of one lady diner and the one sitting next to her had to... More 

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Typical pub type atmoshere, warm and friendly staff.Foof was of a good quality and generous erving. Well worth a visit.

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

Thanks for your review and glad you enjoyed your lunch Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It's a popular and busy place but still a great atmosphere. The staff are great friendly to talk to. The food had a bit of a wait but they did advise of that at time of ordering, knowing and waiting is better than not knowing at all. When the food did arrive it was top notch, full of flavour and... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed your meals, sorry for the wait, it does get a bit hectic in the kitchen at this time of year but we do try to inform all patrons if there is a delay..Thank you for taking the time to review.. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had a great evening celebrating the New Year at Smugglers Pub & Cafe. Fantastic atmosphere, great service and an awesome band made it a wonderful evening:) Thank you Smugglers!

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

So Happy to here you enjoyed seeing the New Year in with us at Smugglers, Dont Frett the band have an excellent reputation throughout Nelson and they definately get the crowd singing and dancing .. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Auckland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were recommended this pub by our motel owner. The service was very friendly and the food excellent. It was nice to eat somewhere that was busy with locals as well as tourists.

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

Smugglers has a great re-pore with the local motel owners and we are happy they you enjoyed their recommendation of dining with us .. Thank you for the review Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) 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, Pacific Rim

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