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Harbour Light Bistro

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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 546 6685
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Harbour Light Bistro is a locally owned Nelson restaurant based on...
Harbour Light Bistro is a locally owned Nelson restaurant based on Wakefield Quay, one of Nelsons beautiful waterfronts. Harbour Light offers a selection of locally and internationally inspired dishes. All dishes are made fresh and our menus change seasonally as we use locally sourced fresh produce when possible for our restaurant. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant offers spacious indoor dining with picturesque waterfront views, suitable for large groups or an intimate lunch or dinner for two. Our wines are also locally sourced from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions and are all carefully selected to accompany our many fine dishes. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant is open weekdays from 11.30Am to late. On the weekend we open at 9.30 For brunch then through to close with dinner. Please call us on 03 546 6685 for a reservation so as not to be disappointed.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Location, service and good food

Great meal, service was superb and fantastic views across the water whilst dining at an upstairs table.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Sandra M
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Nelson, New Zealand
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  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great meal, service was superb and fantastic views across the water whilst dining at an upstairs table.

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Nelson new zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a nicely presented quality meal. It's right on the waterfront in Nelson so would have a fantastic view when there are lighter evenings. They also catered for my dietary needs when asked.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fantastic food. $62.50 for three courses is great value for this standard of food. Tommy ensured we got dinner and a show;-)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great service, the food was incredible. We went there for coffee one afternoon, then i decided it was the perfect place for our engagement! Again the service was amazing and the views made it the best setting

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Viola, ID
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We were told by friends to try out the Habour Light Bistro and were so glad we did. Fortunately, we went on a weeknight and were able to get a prime table overlooking the bay. It was a lovely place for a romantic dinner for two, and the service was attentive and helpful. We started off with wine from their... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I took my sister to harbour light bistro for a birthday surprise I had never been there before and will definitely been back. The food is outstanding the best I have ever had. When I booked I asked for a table by the window they said that they don't reserve window tables but the lunches are more quite than dinner... More 

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New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The good: The food was tasty and quite bistro-elegant. Of particular interest was the chef's wonderfully light but flavourful non-mayonnaise Waldorf salad accompaniment to a pork dish. The bad: The Maitre d'Hotel's main failure was not asking a table of three very loud, drunk, old men to stop disturbing the other patrons, or removing them entirely. My table of three... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

From the moment my partner and I walked in, we felt welcomed and at ease. The upstairs ambience was inviting, warm and tastefully appointed. The Head Waiter, Tommy, was an absolute delight. We instantly struck a rapport, and he regaled us with stories of his truly amazing and colourful life. His charm, and love of Nelson, and his job was... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Organised a surprise birthday and a surprise proposal and had the most complete co-operation of the staff. We as a group of 10, had great service, delicious food, marvellous selection of drinks and a great table placement. A great night out

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I come to Nelson once a month for work and having Dinner at HLB is one of the highlights of my trip. Tommy is always working front of house with a great smile and big hug. The food is consistently yummy........vibe is awesome with cosy ambience and gorgeous harbour views! Definitely check it out.....try the Jamaciaan Pork Belly.....mouth watering.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: 03 546 6685

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

Harbour Light Bistro is a locally owned Nelson restaurant based on Wakefield Quay, one of Nelsons beautiful waterfronts. Harbour Light offers a selection of locally and internationally inspired dishes. All dishes are made fresh and our menus change seasonally as we use locally sourced fresh produce when possible for our restaurant. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant offers spacious indoor dining with picturesque waterfront views, suitable for large groups or an intimate lunch or dinner for two. Our wines are also locally sourced from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions and are all carefully selected to accompany our many fine dishes. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant is open weekdays from 11.30Am to late. On the weekend we open at 9.30 For brunch then through to close with dinner. Please call us on 03 546 6685 for a reservation so as not to be disappointed.

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