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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 546 6685
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Ranked #23 of 121 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $29
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The restaurant is in a great location overlooking the harbour. Decor is pleasant and service is friendly and attentive. However food quality is disappointing My wife had a main course of the fish of the day which was blue cod but it lacked real flavour and may have been frozen before cooking. My dish was an angus fillet which was... More

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had just finished a hike for the day and were extremely hungry. We had an excellent meal with the fish of the day and scrumptious deserts. Very impressed with the quality and lovely view from upstairs.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Called in here for an early pre rugby supper. Accommodated but then had to move tables (odd, as the original table didn't ever get occupied!). A nice ambiance, good menu. A little disappointed that our waitress didn't tell us all of the specials but this was soon rectified by the manager. Ordered deep fried oysters to share (divine) and then... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

this was a lovely experience with fantastic service and teh quality of the food was great, presentation was also good.

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Berlin, Germany
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

such a great wee place with such a lovely and perfect view, great food choices, get a good value for what your paying for, fantastic

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Went to the Harbour Light Bistro for dinner with my in-laws and wife. Our table was on the second floor and had an amazing view to the sea (by 5:40 there was still some light). Service was very good and friendly. I ordered the Beef Ribs and being from Brazil, I wasn't expecting a top quality rib as I haven't... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We were seated pretty quickly, a blonde waitress looked after us pretty well. The calamari entree was lovely and my wife thought her soup was pretty average. Blue cod was lovely, skin could of been crispier though. Would like to come again.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We dined here and were rather disappointed. Firstly we weren't asked for our drinks order when we first arrived. We actually got our entree before the drinks came to the table which is unusual. The place was understaffed and a couple that arrived after us walked out as they weren't being attended to either. (That was almost us too!) The... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We wanted a special evening out and were not disappointed. The view of the sunset over the water from the first floor dining room created just the right ambiance and the server was attentive and friendly. Our salmon starters were melt in the mouth gorgeous. These were followed by the fish of the day, perfectly cooked swordfish, and finally a... More

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Brussels
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89 reviews 89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The fresh fish is presented creatively and the meat is up to New Zealand's best standards. Good desserts. A table by the window gives tremendous harbour views.

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