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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 546 6685
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Ranked #8 of 132 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Sydney
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to Harbour Lights for a special night out and weren't disappointed. The Stewart Island oysters were sublime! Best we've ever had anywhere and we were both very pleased with everything else. We were seated upstairs and the decor was simple but pleasant and the view of the sunset over the water magnificent. The service was... More 

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Surrey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We called about half an hour before arriving as we wanted to try some fresh mussels before heading south. When we arrived a table was waiting for us right by the window overlooking the harbour and laid with a bowl to put the mussel shells in. The mussels were fabulous and super fresh and the truffle fries were superb and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We found the resteraunt on trip advisor and as being rated as good as it was my family and I had high expectations and they were certainly met! Our waiter, Thomas, a Californian man was so interesting and treated my family as his. He was very open and even told us about his intriguing time before coming to New Zealand.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The food and service were excellent and the views over the sea were amazing. I will definitely go back again.

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Alnmouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Ate here 10 Jan for my birthday after nearby restaurant had messed up our booking. They fitted us in, though busy, with no fuss, and gave us a table upstairs with a terrific view. We'd been told there might be a slight delay with mains as they were busy with several large parties, so we had breads and oil to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Had a delicious meal at harbour side bistro. My steak was perfectly cooked to the way I ordered it. My wife's meal was perfect too with the meat falling off the bone. The service was very good too. All in all an excellent meal and wouldn't hesitate to go again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We ate here last night 7 January 2015. The pork belly and squid entrees were outstanding. So,clearly the beef main was exceptional. Very pleasant service and Thomas, you were a delight. Paul & Bev Christchurch

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Dodges Ferry, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This venue was recommended to me by a Chef who previously worked there and had come to Tasmania. It lived up to the recommendation. Staff very friendly and recommended good wines to accompany our meal. Food was divine, such that we did not have dessert as we wanted to savour and remember the main meal. You could cut my lamb... More 

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Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

If you can imagine the thinnest cut, corn flour breaded onion rings that is completely differentiated from any other onion rings you have ever eaten, Chef Daniel provided an extra order of the onion rings for my husband's 'dessert'. He could not resist them. The Jamaican jerk pork belly I had was exquisite with mashed potatoes and my husband had... More 

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Nelson New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Last night I sat at a beautifully set table looking out over the sea having been warmly welcomed by the Maitre D, an Englishman. I couldn't resist a passionfruit cocktail and it came served in a glass mug just like the ones in" Paddington Bear" the movie, so English. It had to be the best cocktail I have ever had.... More 

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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 14 - 28
Cuisine: Contemporary

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