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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, 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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  • 16
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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
Special occasion: birthday & proposal

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
JMYoung2014
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Nelson, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Fantastic food, great ambience, views to die for, awesome staff, very attentive. Highlight of our weekend away , thanks to Tommy what a neat guy :-)

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Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A warm welcome on a grey dismal day, we met our friends at a table with a view out over the harbor, even on a grey Sunday there were yachts racing and plenty of bird life. T e service was attentive, the waitress on her first day so came back to check on a couple of items. A wise idea... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We enjoyed the food here very much. Pork belly was pretty good, with some very nice onion rings on the side. Customer service was good. And it has a beautiful view of the water there too.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We keep going back to this establishment. The location speaks for itself ( being on the first floor gives it an advantage) but the food is always good and interesting, there is a reasonably good wine selection (at affordable prices) and the front of house staff are extremely friendly and engaging. It is not too big hence it feels comfortable... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Really enjoyed this top end menu at a great location at really reasonable prices. The soft shell crab was exquisite. The pumpkin gnocchi on wilted spinach with smokey roast tomatoes was out of this world. The service was friendly and easy. Great restaurant!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I think it's the owner of this place who really lets it down. The food is good, the setting is beautiful, and the other service staff all do their best. But the guy who seems to be in charge has no clue when it comes to customer service. His first instinct is to say, "no" to everything. He can turn... More 

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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

WE adore this wee quant cafe..... the service is outstanding, food stunningly good and the view...... well...... speaks for itself! We love the cafe so much we eat there once a week. It is a must!

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had Saturday brunch sitting in the prime spot upstairs. Being the only customers for most of our meal it was very relaxing sitting in the sun watching the changing scene. The food well presented and delicious. Our waitress was new and did an excellent job.

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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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