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“We keep going back for more” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Smugglers Pub and Cafe

Smugglers Pub and Cafe
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 (0) 3 546 4084
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Ranked #18 of 119 restaurants in Nelson
Cuisines: European, Pacific Rim
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Smugglers Pub and Cafe is famous for its hearty meals, foaming craft ales and great wines all served up in a unique old world atmosphere.Located within easy walking distance from Nelson’s Tahunanui Beach and set amongst the areas’ busy motel district, the Smugglers is ideally placed to cater for your group no matter how large or small. Food is available all day and into the evening with extensive snack, lunch and dinner menus including gluten free and children’s menus for young smugglers. We stock a variety of regional, national and international wines along with Mac’s & Speights beers, Guinness, Kilkenny, Becks and Stella Artois.We are open seven days a week including most holidays and absolutely no surcharges ever. So come on down relax and enjoy the award winning atmosphere that is so unique to Smugglers.
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“We keep going back for more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

This place is a must for us when in Nelson. It has an old pirate cove theme with chunky tables and chairs but with a great menu and food. The first time I went there for a staff function I tried to get through the whole menu but I failed due the generous sizes of the meals so this time we paced ourselves and still left feeling like we had had a great meal. The staff are very friendly checking frequently to see if were happy which we were.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“One of the only places in Nelson where you'll get asked, ...."is everything alright AND would you like another drink"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Good solid New Zealand, "Tucker". Good size portions and presented well. Menu has a good selection so everyone will find something he or she would enjoy. Surroundings are clean as are the toilets and the decor is pleasant with sort of a "Pirate nautical theme" going on inside and out. Staff are friendly and generally attentive and seem to always ask if you would care for another beverage and always return to the table to ask if the meal is fine and if you would require anything else. I know this is standard good service stuff..... but it doesn't happen often in many places. Overall it's a good place to spend either lunch or dinner and it wont break the bank.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
“Smuggle some time away to eat here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We drove past Smugglers, slammed the anchors on, reversed and parked up thinking "ooo this one looks good"! Well, we were right. It wasn't one of those "walk the plank" moments where you're not sure what's going to happen next! We knew straight away it would be wonderful. The whole atmosphere and look of the place expresses the name very well. The food was delicious and well priced. The meals were prepared very well, not just slopped on the plate and thrown out to the scallywag customers, but they were actually presentable accompanied by great flavoursome tastes. The service was fantastic, it was quite packed so we had to sit outside for a while in the wind, but one of the staff said that when he finds a free table, that he would move us inside. Smiles were showing all round by the employees which added to the atmosphere. When I'm next in Nelson, I will definatley be making a trip back thats for sure!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nelson, New Zealand
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Generous portions, good atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Generous portions, good atmosphere, good value for money, plenty of parking (front and rear), friendly staff, our fav place for pub grub dinners.

Visited July 2012
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Nelson
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We've been here several times for meals and always enjoy the food and the great service. Would absolutely recommend to anyone visiting Nelson.

Visited October 2012
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