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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

$$ - $$$, European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“ribs” (51 reviews)
“steak” (33 reviews)
“fish tacos” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 560 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trying to book Smugglers on Fathers Day I found the phone constantly engaged so we decided to just arrive with a party of 8. Mike the owner was wonderful giving us various options for seating. We chose to sit in the covered outside area. He...More

Thank Diane W
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such wonderful feedback. We pride ourselves on our food and service here and are very happy to receive your review. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a combined birthday and fathers day celebration. The food was wonderful and delicious,the staff happy and helpful. The only thing that was a little disappointing is that we had to wait about 40 mins for our meal.More

Thank PhoebeD127
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. Fathers Day was a very busy day and night for us and as all orders are made fresh to order there can be a slight delay on the food arriving. We are very hear that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always enjoyed going to Smugglers, but tonight, I found the menu choice limited, and the price of the meals are just too expensive. $ 28 for fish and chips, $ 40 for a steak, $ 13.50 for dessert. We will not be going...More

Thank NelsonNZ
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on great food and customer service and are sorry to receive this review. Whist we appreciate your feedback we are disappointed to hear that you find our menu limited and our prices expensive as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pub Grub -Yes. And always a pleasure to eat here. Only criticism is change the menu more often - Fish -Good, Steak Pie Good, add a a special please!

Thank Maggie W
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us, we appreciate your feedback. We are currently running daily and weekly specials, some of these dishes will be on our summer menu which will be out in November. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed August 18, 2018

always a great meal and the staff are always good.making it a really good experience.I really enjoy the steak and ale pie/

Thank joyandmick
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. Sounds like you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Despite living in the Nelson region for 3 years, we hadn’t eaten here before - but we’ll definitely return. Excellent evening with lovely food.

Thank harbykiwikate
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such great feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed August 16, 2018

First of all the Smugglers has atmosphere and to add polish the staff are well trained courteous and smiling. The food though not extraordinary (it is a pub) was very tasty. From the tortillas, the burger and tacos. Decent sized portions. Would return.

Thank Graeme P
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your meal and service here as we take pride in providing great food and service.

Reviewed July 27, 2018

The food is cheap looking and does not taste very nice. We would not go back there again. It is way over priced for what it is $40 for a steak...no way $30 for fish and chip hahaMore

Thank whiterock2018
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on great food and customer service and are sorry to receive this review. Whist we appreciate your feedback we are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your meals and are a surprised...More

Reviewed July 22, 2018

Had an evening meal here, and although reasonably busy, our ordered meals were delivered seemingly quickly. Excellent service, quality and quantity. Also not too noisy despite the numbers. Good acoustics with the rich wood interior and wall artifacts on a smugglers theme.

Thank russellgallagher
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such great feedback, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed July 9, 2018

Stopped in for a meal and a couple of drinks on Saturday night, excellent reception, service and meal. Place was busy but weren't kept waiting. Have visited Smugglers in the past a few times, some of the faces have changed but the quality of the...More

Thank Neil R
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2018

Thanksyou for taking the time to review us with such amazing feedback. We have a great team here at Smugglers and pride ourselves on excellent food and service and are glad to see it shows!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4084
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Description
SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY CATEGORY - NELSON 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.
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