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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/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Superb Dining Experience

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Nelson – a city we know well having lived and worked there. My sister recommended the Harbour Light as she had been several times before. We’ve been living overseas now for 15 years and I have to say that this restaurant (‘Bistro’ underrates it in my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Brisbane, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Nelson – a city we know well having lived and worked there. My sister recommended the Harbour Light as she had been several times before. We’ve been living overseas now for 15 years and I have to say that this restaurant (‘Bistro’ underrates it in my opinion), was up there... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

ate here twice while in Nelson. First time excellent, second time average! Different staff on second visit may explain it. Great location and views

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We walked from town and very glad we did. The views are of course spectacular, but the food is also excellent. Ate smoked salmon, green muscles (delicious) and fish of the day. All were really tasty. As was the cheese to finish. Our service was also good and friendly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Harbour Light has a delightful location on Nelson's popular Wakefield Quay. Upstairs dining affords a beautiful view out over the sea to the snow capped mountains in winter, or a stunning sunset in summer. Not too big or pretentious this is one of my favourite venues for consistently good food - but the highlight of any visit for me is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We dined at Harbour Light at the suggestion of our B&B hosts, who said another couple had a fabulous meal there. No complaints about the food, it was of high quality, presented beautifully, and quite tasteful and reasonable in price considering the work that went into it. Service was the exact opposite. Granted, it appeared there were only two wait... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had a meal here on Monday for our 1st anniversary, the food was very good but we were just a bit disappointed about the menu, no seafood for the evening and only 1 fish as main course in a restaurant by the sea! The wine list is very nice and good value! The service a bit rude and not very... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful spot on the harbour with amazing food. I had the house smoked salmon and has to be the best salmon meal I have ever had though other meals coming out looked great too.

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Mississauga, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The delicious meals at Harbour Light Bistro was enhanced by the restaurant's spectacular ocean view. I was extremely appreciative of the chef's preparation of my flavourable lamb dish. The suggested wine added to the lamb's flavour. The key lime dessert at the end of the meal also proved to be delicious. As well, the staff were delightful, courteous, and friendly.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We ate here 18 months ago , but going through my diary I remembered eating here fondly and can still taste the amazing beef rib main and superb tuna tartar starter with fresh squeezed tomato juice. I will be returning soon with expectations of receiving the same wonderful service , views and exceptional quality food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Fantastic service and Quay Lime Pie to die for. Even the fabled Big Glory Oysters! Tommy and the boys run a five star bistro with friendly and warm service. We eat out several nights a week through out the country and this Nelson gem is an all round stand out.

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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 - 29
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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