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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: $15 - $28
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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

How can anyone complain about this restaurant, the menu was fantastic including the desserts which are often an afterthought. Thomas made a fantastic effort to entertain us as well as providing exemplary service. Not the cheapest restaurant around but you would expect higher prices for a great example of fine dining. And a fantastic view of the harbour to boot!... More

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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Lunch time sitting upstairs looking out to the Sea we could have been anywhere in the world. The dish was simple delicate local scallops cooked perfectly on a bed of spinach in a white wine sauce which was tasty but not overpowering, and the local Blackenbrook Pinot Gris suited us well. I wished I had taken a photo but will... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You can see what they're trying to do here - after all, with the location - just across the road from the lake - and the best views in town from the top floor - this should be a great restaurant. And it almost is, without quite hitting what it promises. The entrees are nice, but not spectacular. My vision... More

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Sydney
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I'll start with the views. We were lucky enough to be sitting in the upstairs bay window and had a great view of the sunset. As for the food? We shared 2 entrees- a tuna special and the beetroot and goats cheese salad. Both were good. We also both went for the fish special- crispy skinned cod with a white... More

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

The price paid for the meal we received was way above the standard of food received. We had the menu with matching wines which we felt were overpriced and did not match well, not helped by substitution of one advertised dish!! The desserts were disappointing, especially the cheese which was devoid of the character it supposedly represented. A few of... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Wonderful meal, attentive staff, gave it a 10 out of 10 the night before we went across to road to the other local restaurant and we gave that a 7 out of 10. The menu at Harbour Light may be small but the food is totally amazing, local wines and beers reasonably priced, this is the second time we have... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great service from a very helpful waiter, lovely food & fabulous views from the upstairs dining room.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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