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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, 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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    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A++ highly recomend

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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English first
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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

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

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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Penrith, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Was a very busy night when we went in however despite that the staff were great and seated us as soon as was possible. Food was average and felt it was expensive for what I got. I wouldn't go back to eat.

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Nelson
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Together with a pirates theme there's real atmosphere in this place. Long experienced Mike and his well trained team gave all a most hearty welcome. Our visit was a large group of retired hospitality operators. Seated around a huge stone table with open flame we were treated to first rate service and food to match. For the writer he chose... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you so much for your fantastic review, we really appreciate it. We are pleased that you always have an enjoyable time here and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

There was a large crowd of us but they served us very quickly with good quality food. The main, followed by dessert for $17.80 which we thought this good value for money. The menu was varied and interesting. Would go there again.

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your lunch here and look forward to seeing you and your group again. More 

Bern, Switzerland
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

although food portions are HUGE, they don't taste. a pity. charming is the big stone table; in the middle an open fire, the pirates-of-the-carribbean-setting is ok for kids. but not beyond...

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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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