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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 72
    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
Avast All Ye Landlubbers!

If it be a night of good grog & grub ye be after then th’ Smugglers Pub & Café is th’ place to be. I was impressed by th’ cut of the crews jib. They kept us scurvy dogs nicely fed n watered. When we finally weighed anchor, we left feeling full ‘o’ awe. Black Beard himself could have ‘Cracked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Melissa C
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Wanganui, New Zealand
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Wanganui, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

If it be a night of good grog & grub ye be after then th’ Smugglers Pub & Café is th’ place to be. I was impressed by th’ cut of the crews jib. They kept us scurvy dogs nicely fed n watered. When we finally weighed anchor, we left feeling full ‘o’ awe. Black Beard himself could have ‘Cracked... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your great review, its appreciated. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the grub and the grog and that our expect crew make sure that you didn't leave hungry or thirsty. Thank you for visiting us and we look forward to seeing you and your crew next time. More 

Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I love this place, classic Kiwi dinning and at a fair price, the food is excellent and the wait staff are super friendly

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

Hi there. Thank you for visiting us at Smugglers and then taking the time to give us a positive review, its really appreciated. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

mooloolaba
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Smugglers is the most awesome, we booked for a latge group, had a fantastic table with a fire in the middle(much appreciated on a cold night), service was excellent, always with a smile, food was great, and not too expensive.

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

Hi there, Thank you for bringing your group to Smugglers and then taking the time to review us with such positive comments, we really appreciate it. We are pleased that you enjoyed all aspects of our hospitality and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Had an evening recently with some close friends and thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was buzzing ,not often this happens in Nelson , the staff were friendly and attentive and most importantly the food was excellent . Never not enjoyed Smugglers and rate it as one of the best establishments in Nelson. Well done.

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write us such an excellent review. We are pleased that you and your party enjoyed all aspects of our hospitality and enjoyed our busy environment. We look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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50 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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

Hi there, Thank you for visiting us at Smugglers and then taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you did not leave hungry! We look forward to seeing you again for lunch, or maybe dinner next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write us such an excellent review. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed our hospitality on a busy night. We look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for visiting us here at Smugglers we are pleased that you enjoyed our hospitality. We look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in town. More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 1 helpful vote
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 

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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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