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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 (0) 3 546 4084
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Ranked #13 of 120 restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, Pacific Rim
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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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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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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Invercargill, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Oamaru, New Zealand
2 reviews
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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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Nelson, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 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

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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.

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

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. Mike & Paul ( Co-Owners) More

Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

dinner for 2 with prompt but not intrusive service. Wine by the glass. music low enough to hold a conversation.

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

Thank you for visiting Smugglers and taking the time to write a review, we are glad you enjoyed your time with us.. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

Whangamata, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Smugglers Pub was suggested as being a good option however although we found the décor authentic enough (very warm and cosy especially on a wet night) the food was not good at all and we thought it was expensive for what we had and the quality of food. We would not recommend it.

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New Zealand
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you are in Nelson you got to try the Smugglers, I was staying at the Beachcomber motel and they had charge back facilities if you ate at the Smugglers Restaurant. The meals here are of high quality and a good wine selection. So if you are traveling north or south pop in and try it, its hidden behind the... More

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

Glad you enjoyed your Smugglers Meal whilst staying at the Beachcomber Motel, our chargeback facility is very popular amongst the local motels.. Look forward to your next visit Mike & Paul ( Co-Owners) More

Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Good but could do better. She who must be obeyed had the steak with bacon etc and I had the steak with scollops, both were cooked as ordered and full of flavour but the side salad lacked imagination , was really mesclun mix from the supermarket with slivers of red pepper and tomato. Could be improved greatly at little cost... More

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

Thank you for reviewing your experience at Smugglers. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More

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