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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, 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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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had work lunch here.We have often been here for work lunches over the years.Another quality meal with great service

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Thank Paul B
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere, great staff and great wine... the menu sounded great, however the food itself lacked in flavour and substance. If the menu had the same amount of character as the pubs decor, I might go back.

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Thank Stripey-Shoes
Langwith, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had arranged to meat a cousin who lives in Nelson whilst we visited New Zealnd from the UK. She suggested meeting here as it was pretty easy to find and she knew the food would be good. She was not wrong the 8 of us we seated quickly and food was served promptly. My wife had the biggest ploughman's... More 

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Thank Jay G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was recommended by the Aloha where I was staying and I am so glad they did. A nice bustling atmosphere, but the staff take the time to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Happy to recommend meal choices and really helpful. The meals are good quality and well prepared with some points of difference from your average pub food.... More 

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Thank Janet W
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love the pirate theme of the place, had great service and awesome food. My only complaint would be the entree cheese and herb bread for two was HUGE! Was hard to finish my meal after that. Otherwise the food was perfect :)

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such positive comments. Its fantastic to hear that you enjoyed so many of the things that makes Smugglers great, and it sounds like you did not leave hungry. Thanks again, we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

World travler
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So, yes I'm a tourist, went for a nice evening meal on walk from accomodation. Entered and stood at door waiting to check availability of a table since I didn't have a booking. Ignored for 5 minutes so went to bar and made enquiry. Given a menue, told to set anywhere an! One of 3 named people would be straight... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. It is something that have since talked about with our staff. But our service is something that we pride ourselves on and you will see from so many of our reviews that it is our service that separates us from the rest. I am sure that if you popped up to the bar... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had 120 diners over 2 sittings, the majority of the group children. The first group turned up late but Smugglers took us all anyway. I dined in the second group. The staff were awesome - very friendly & professional. My risotto with panfried snapper was delicious & was very generous in the amount of fish. A great experience.

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Thank 343susan
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive comments. It was a pleasure to be able to accommodate both groups and its fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your meals and our friendly staff looked after you well. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time you are in Nelson. More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family dinner for Father's Day and we were thrilled with the atmosphere and the huge meals. We all had the rib and steak combo and the servings were enormous and tasty. Our steaks were cooked to perfection. Great place for children with and extensive kids menu. Would love to go again before we leave Nelson. Just make sure you book.

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with such positive comments. Its great to hear that you enjoyed one of our most popular dishes. Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon. More 

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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our family dinner here. Both our main courses were off the specials list. My wife's crumbed stuffed chicken breast with garlic potato gratin was rich and delicious. My eye fillet was perfectly cooked, the only negative was that the battered scallops were slightly overcooked and the batter a bit strong. The prawn butter and caper sauce was... More 

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such positive and honest comments. Its fantastic to hear that you appreciate the great service that we pride ourselves on. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service - Friendly and prompt Decor - Cool pub feel Food - Brilliant Great experience. Highly recommend this place.

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

Hi there, Thank you for your positive comments. It it great to hear that you enjoy so many of the wonderful things at Smugglers. We look forward to seeing you again next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
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
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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