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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 4
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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
Harbour light

My friends and I went here for dinner the other night,great view from window watching boats coming into harbour.But more importantly we had a lovely meal ,not cheap but well worth it.Oysters to die for,followed by lamb cooked perfectly Others had beef cheeks which looked great .Everyone was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
stinky101
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Nelson, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My friends and I went here for dinner the other night,great view from window watching boats coming into harbour.But more importantly we had a lovely meal ,not cheap but well worth it.Oysters to die for,followed by lamb cooked perfectly Others had beef cheeks which looked great .Everyone was very happy with their meal and the waiting staff were very nice.Will... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My wife and I went to Harbour Light Bistro for a nice lunch on a beautiful sunny day. We have previously dined here before and have always had a nice experience. The menu had changed since we were last here and I ordered the reuben sandwich. I love a good reuben and Harbour Light is the second restaurant in the... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

great food, beautifully presented, very charming service (ask for Thomas), lovey setting overviewing the bay but seriously expensive !...

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

If your in waiter Thomas hands you are in good hands! Beautiful food and outstanding service. Loved chatting with the chef at the end of the night. HIghly recommend visiting the Harbour Bistro.

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SF, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We were in Nelson over a weekend and looking for a place to eat Sunday dinner. Most places are closed but we were so thankful this was open. It was rated high so we went with high expectations and boy, they exceeded by far! The piri piri squid was the best squid dish I have ever tasted, the French style... More 

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Northern Ireland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We had booked this in advance to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Sunday night in April - busy when we arrived at 7.30pm but we were the last to leave. Good meal all around and very friendly service. Was dark when we arrived so could not appreciate the views. Good menu choice and we all were pleased with our meals.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This restaurant has an amazing sea view from upstairs. Unfortunately our visit was after daylight saving ended so we didn't get to enjoy the vista. We had a wonderful window table and enviously eyed the binoculars on the window sill. The room was warm and welcoming and the waitress attentive. The menu didn't inspire us and we both selected the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We had the breads, the lamb, the beef cheek, the truffle fries, and the key lime pie. The entire meal was outstanding, and we were very well looked after by Thomas, who provided both professional and friendly service.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We dropped in and luckily got one of the last tables. Our waiter asked if we wiould mind ordering promptly as they were expecting a large party imminently - no problem I'd already seen the specials board and knew exactly what I was having. I had the Stewart Island Oysters which was no surprise and they were as excellent as... More 

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

food just okay and service very ordinary - slow, which is unfortunate as the venue is spectacular. wouldn't rush back or recommend

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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 - 28
  • 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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