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All 127 Nelson Restaurants

Smugglers Pub and Cafe

8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Ranked #15 of 127 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, New Zealand
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

We had a work lunch here today and I just want to thank Mike and Paul the owners for their fantastic service even remembering some of our names!. The food was great and everyone said that they enjoyed their meals. Will definitely be back with the family for lots more meals.

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Cleckheaton
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136 reviews 136 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Dined here whilst staying at Beachcomber Motel who recommended the place. They were spot on. The food was first class. My wife had the fish of the day which she said was excellent, I had stek which was great. The portions are New Zealand size ie Huge. The service was good food piping hot and good beer on top!

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Blenheim, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The food is of excellent quality, healthy, and with a good range to choose from on the menu. The service is friendly and prompt.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

What a terrific atmosphere - the owners are so friendly. They "table hop" talking to all the patrons and making them feel very welcome and at home. The waitress we had was wonderful too - very attentive without being "in your face". This was a most enjoyable lunchtime excursion and a great way for my friend, who was visiting from... More

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Dubai
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is a great pub with a great themed decor. The staff were very friendly and the food was great. I asked about portion sizes and I was glad I didn't have a starter! The steak and ribs came with chips and salad and was more than enough for me. A really great meal.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This is a must while in Nelson, we will be back. We ventured in earlier in the day to enquire if we needed to book, we didn't, the owner (we presume), English, was very helpful, so early evening we ventured back, we decided on a drink first, the staff could not of been more helpful, unfortunately we didn't get the... More

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We love this place. Great for groups/families. Nice food. Reasonable prices. Great service.... Charni is our favourite waitress.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great food great hosts would recommend smugglers for a great time Guinness mmmm wonderful ! Have dined there several times and never been disappointed

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were here on a quiet evening , but we liked the atmosphere and found the bar staff very helpful and chatty. Great basic food and generous quantities

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

Glad you enjoyed your meal and visit to Smugglers and thank you for taking the time to write a reviews Paul & Mike (Co-owners) More

Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Great atmosphere with the rugered pirate theme. The food is excellent and will not go home hungry. The staff are friendly and great to chat to. There is a wide variety to choose from and it certainly doesn't lack flavour.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we are so happy to read that you enjoyed your visit to Smugglers Pub & Cafe 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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