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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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Pub, European, British, Pacific Rim
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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Description: SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY...
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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    Very good
  • 25
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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
Wonderful service, food very tasty

We chose this restaurant for a birthday meal out. I could not fault the service we received with our large group of 12 (including children). The children were well taken care of and entrees and drinks arrived quickly. However, when it came to the mains everyone but the birthday person's arrived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
FoxyLoxy025
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Nelson
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Nelson
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose this restaurant for a birthday meal out. I could not fault the service we received with our large group of 12 (including children). The children were well taken care of and entrees and drinks arrived quickly. However, when it came to the mains everyone but the birthday person's arrived, which meant most of our meals were cold by... More 

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Thank FoxyLoxy025
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level Contributor
42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a great little themed pub. Even though I wasn't feeling very well, I enjoyed myself. My partner did say the salmon was a little dry, but everything else was great.

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Thank Kim M
New Zealand
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed in Nelson the night before starting the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, so we were looking for something filling for dinner before four days of backpacking. We got what we wanted at Smugglers! My friend ordered ribs, which he said were great. I had the salmon on warm potato salad - which was delicious, healthy and super filling. We... More 

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Thank snapjanet
Christchurch, New Zealand
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Probably the best family meal we've had out in years - everyone loved it. Fast friendly service, generous portions and great quality. Bbq pork loin was excellent. I'm not a dessert fan but the caramel praline cheesecake could be the best I've ever tasted. Comfortable, fun environment. Loved it.

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Thank Nicole G
Biddeford Pool, Maine
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at Smugglers Cove last night. The food was good, not great. But what was great was the service we received from Bex and Hannah. Not only were they efficient and courteous in their table service but went WAY out their way to help us get oriented to the area and plan our next day in Nelson. They not... More 

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Thank JackfromMaine
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review upon your recent visit to Smugglers. We really do pride ourselves on outstanding customer service and to receive comments such as yours is excellent reinforcement to know that our staff are doing such a fantastic job. We hope that you enjoyed your wine tasting in our... More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to eat, drink and chill. Meals are pub grub and perfect for filling a hole. Portions are decent and good selection- my favourite is the headless chicken, really solid meal and healthy too. Desserts are good too. Friendly service and decent TV with sky sports on. Inside and outdoor seating and loads of parking. Job done.

Helpful?
Thank Jeff W
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review upon your recent visit to Smugglers - we appreciate it. Its fantastic that you enjoyed the time that you spent with us. Thanks again on the positive comments and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is very close to tahunanui beach. The food is great and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is very friendly and lively. The staff are friendly and welcoming. Will definitely go back.

Helpful?
Thank Annette H
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

HI there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review after visiting us - its greatly appreciated. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed everything and we look forward to seeing you next time. Thanks again. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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172 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off for lunch direct from landing at the airport. Very friendly and attentive staff, excellent range of food available for lunch. Indoor and outdoor tables. Meals were superb.

Helpful?
Thank Leanne D
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for choosing to dine with us and then taking the time to review us with such fantastic comments - we really appreciate it. It is great to hear that you enjoyed everything. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
Level Contributor
53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While smugglers will not have you going home hungry as the portion size are big, the food is tasty however it is still nice pub food and in this I think the menu prices are one the high side.

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Thank Deborah v
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for visiting us here at Smugglers and then taking the time to review us. We are pleased that you didn't leave hungry but sorry to hear that you think it is on the pricey side given the large portion sizes. Thanks for your comments and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and survive and great for a birthday dinner with the family.the food and the Sunday's on the kids meal were exceptional.

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Thank scutty1
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a positive review after visiting us here at Smugglers. Its great to hear that you and your family enjoyed everything. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pub, European, British, Pacific Rim

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?