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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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European, 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/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
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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TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 88
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
next to motor lodge

lovely meals,a bit dear though,but considering you only need to walk here it is a bonus,also you can have the meals room service which is great if wanting quiet time,as restaurant can be noisy

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Yvonne K
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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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177 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

lovely meals,a bit dear though,but considering you only need to walk here it is a bonus,also you can have the meals room service which is great if wanting quiet time,as restaurant can be noisy

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Everything about this place appealed to us all. Great food, atmosphere, friendly staff. They even gave us a ride back to the Motor Camp we were staying at, as it was raining. What more could you ask. The food was wonderful, some of the dishes were huge, great taste

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Good selection of crafted beer. The menu was extensive and the food we chose (burgers, ribs, pizza and fish of the day) were very well prepared and generous portion size.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

This is your sterotypical pub grub, meat , and a whole plate of chips . Smothered in bbq sauce or mayonnaise , everything on the menu seemed generic, & cheaply made puffed out with chips and chips .the dinosaur ribs were piled on top of you guessed it chips, smothered in bbq sauce .huge portions , packed with carbs .... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The service was friendly and efficient, and all the meals were fabulous. Lunch menu was great too, will try that next time.

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Tauranga
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This pub themed as a smugglers hideout is very welcoming serving amazing food excellent quality and plates full, the staff are very friendly decor very tasteful and great value. Not just pub grub but restaurant quality.

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King`s Lynn
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Very good food with ample portions. Excellent and very friendly service service. The owner is very attentive and hard working.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We regularly go there for lunch as they have a Seniors Special for $17.50 (2 courses) every day - The meals in the evening are really large - service is brilliant and friendly

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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great place to eat and drink. Very friendly helpful staff without being in your face. We attended late at night, and were welcomed, without feeling we were a nuisance. Great atmosphere all round. Love the long table.

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We decided to have a bite to eat so walked down to this place and read the menu outside the front door Immediately we were approached by several people .... staff I presume .... all hell bent on getting us to sit down and order ... now! We nearly did, but then the manager, I think, followed up by suggesting... More 

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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, 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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