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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, 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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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 4
    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
Always great food

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2014
Tracy T
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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188 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Blenheim, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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

Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us and thanks for the review Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Nelson, New Zealand
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to bring your visiting friend to Smugglers, and we are glad you both enjoyed your meals and the service you received..Thanks for taking the time to let us know..cheers. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

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

So happy you enjoyed your meal at Smugglers and have taken to time to write a positive review .. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are glad you enjoyed you whole experience at Smugglers and look forward to your return one day ... Mick & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you enjoy Smugglers and we will pass on your compliments to Charni, its great to get good feedback on our staff ..Thank you Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 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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Alibeare001, Public Relations Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to writ your lovely review, look forward to seeing you at Smugglers again soon Mike & Paul ( Co-Owners) More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
Reviewer
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 

Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My wife and myself dined at Smugglers two weeks ago and both enjoyed good wholesome food. My wife had the chicken whilst i tried the succulent swine washed down with speights draft cider and it was huge, certainly not for the faint hearted. Both the chicken and the pork were very nicely cooked and tasty, although the veg was a... More 

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

Thanks for joining us at Smugglers for your meal, we are happy that you enjoyed your meal and your comments have been duly noted. Thanks again Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) More 

Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had a meal a fortnight ago & are going again. The food was so tasty & the service was really good. The size of the meal was great to nice to have such good portions

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

Thanking you for your review look forward to your next visit and we are glad you enjoyed your meal with us at Smugglers. Mike & Paul (Co-Owners) 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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