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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Fan bloody tastic

From the moment we entered we were taken on a most sumptuous delicious mouth watering experience. The friendly waiter helped us with the wine. Excellent choice, was crisp and not too fruity. Best meal and great views across the Harbour.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Barney B
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

From the moment we entered we were taken on a most sumptuous delicious mouth watering experience. The friendly waiter helped us with the wine. Excellent choice, was crisp and not too fruity. Best meal and great views across the Harbour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Waiter was super friendly on arrival and continued to be a delight for the entire evening. The food was delicious, and was enjoyed with a beautiful view of the Nelson waterfront.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Excellent food and selection of wine, brilliant location, a very relaxing venue, pleasant service, a very communicative chef and attentive waitress..... Brilliant! Can't fault them! I definitely recommends this place to anyone!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Absolutely the best restaurant in Nelson! Cannot say enough about the most delicious food, outstanding service, wonderful ambience and an uninhibited view of the Bethlehem star! It's no wonder our guests have voted Harobourlight their most favoured restaurant in Nelson - it certainly is - everything is simply amazing! Thank you Steve, Thomas and Andreas - and a lovely waitress... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Ask for a table with views ( upstairs). Amazing panorama with harbour views to accompany a delicious meal of blue cod. Friendly staff, great location, helpful staff, extensive menu available. Thomas the waiter was amazing and you will be in good hands. Tip - book table with harbour view

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

wonderful harbour views. but coffee and brunch were not good enough. we ordered french toast and harbour light breakfast, flat white was bad.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous building and views, but very average food and service. Have been twice in the past year - once for lunch and once for an early light dinner. The place was not busy so no excuse for slow and unenthusiastic service. The food was very palatable but did not match the price or the ambience of the venue.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Top quality fine dining in Nelson. Great views. Staff are friendly and helpful. Extensive wine list. Best pork belly.

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Christchurch
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We were staying just up the road and wanted to continue enjoying the sea view by eating here - we were not disappointed! The view from our table upstairs was amazing. The huge picture window captured the ever-changing colours of the harbour and we were transfixed. But as we had an early concert to attend with our 10 year-old son,... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A meal you will remember. Chef Stephen and his band of great chefs make every meal an experience. The location along the water offers elevated views of the sunset. So romantic that many even have chosen to be married here. Tommy, the front of house host will make the service experience something on par with what you would find in... More 

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Additional Information about Harbour Light Bistro

Address: 341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 546 6685
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
Average Prices: USD 13 - 25
Cuisine: Contemporary

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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 13 - 25
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

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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