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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
A must when in Nelson !

When people ask for the name of a good restaurant I tell them Harbour Light Bistro. They are consistently wonderful !

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
142SueandNeil142
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Nelson, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

When people ask for the name of a good restaurant I tell them Harbour Light Bistro. They are consistently wonderful !

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Katikati, New Zealand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This one of those restaurants where it is hard to choice because the menu is really good and has lots of really attractive choices. We shared a squid entree followed by John Dory for my husband and Beef Cheeks for me. We both really enjoyed our food. The ingredients were premium quality and cooked by an expert chef. The beef... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We just happened across this highly recommended restaurant but so glad we did. Great views. The food was fantastic, right from the pimms cocktails to the soft shell crab salad to the beef cheeks, all very tasty. And the service from Thomas our maitre'd was the highlight of the night, great stories, highly attentive, great sense of humour, would definitely... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We just keep going back to this restaurant for their great food and beautiful view. Every meal gets and A-plus rating. Their Peri Peri Squid is our favorite. The view of the sunsets over the bay make for a perfect evening

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Cody Wyoming
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This restaurant has been on my list for a few months! You must eat here...wonderful food, gorgeous setting and amazing customer service!

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The service was warm friendly and attentive from the moment we walked in. We were lucky enough to be seated right up by the window on the first floor so I'd say we got the best view in the house of the harbour. The good was delicious with a good choice of drinks. I thoroughly recommend the mascarpone creme brûlée,... More 

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Nelson - New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We love coming here for a weekend lunch with friends. You can stroll along the Nelson water front and then relax watching the boats while sampling some of the best tasting dishes in Nelson. It's not going to be a big plate of food, my partner and I find we have plenty of room for desserts. Bring your out of... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We're big fans of fish and the chef actually brought out a massive freshly caught snapper to show us what were having that had just arrived. Amazing meal and loved the truffle fries. Outstanding views and great service. You can either eat informally down stairs or a bit more white table cloth formality upstairs. Better views from upstairs over the... More 

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Carterton, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

First time here, and were in for a lunch. Impressive menu, and expectations were high. And easily met with the quality of the food when it arrived well worth its price. Attentive but not intrusive service. Definitely one where we will be back to sample the dinner menu.

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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

good food and service, great view, good choice of starters and mains, would definitely come back,,great personality by the management.

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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 14 - 29
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, 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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