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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food and service. It has a good menu with lots of variety. Service was quick. We found sitting outside very cimfortable as it was a lovely evening.

Thank Ant and Toni v
Perth, Australia
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66 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good service and a great waitress close to the Aloha Lodge where we stayed. the meals are fabulous but be warned they are huge. one meal will do 2 people so share if you can

Thank glassyartist
Dunedin, New Zealand
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had dinner at Smugglers as it was recommended to us by the motel plus have had good meals there in past. We started with garlic bread that was served as a full loaf, warm and partially pre-cut with the butter served separately so you could control the spread.....so yummy! The meals were great and topped off with a beautiful... More 

Thank toddytom
Perth, Australia
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63 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The ribs here are really, really good and yes, I did have the 500kg portion. Wow it was hard to finish, but I rose to the challenge washed down with a few glasses of wine. My partner had the beef and guinness pie which was full of gravy and yummy. On our second visit he had the standard portion of... More 

Thank Tavuk
New Zealand
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took our kids out for dinner here, and they loved it. The Pirate theme, with cannons and gallows really took their fancy, and the fish tank by the toilets was also a nice touch. We arrived early, so it was quite quiet although it was filling up as we left. The restaurant is well laid out, with a bar... More 

Thank Clozzie
Melbourne, Florida
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a theme restaurant. I guess it's kind of cheesy, but I love pirates and the place looks really awesome. The food was great and the proprietor was very relaxed and friendly. They catered to our every request and there were many. The chef was aware of celiac and prepared some gluten free potatoes and a special BBQ sauce... More 

Thank Russell L
Wanaka, New Zealand
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't forget to look up when you enter and leave Smugglers - the 'different' décor is worth admiring...as is the unusual gold fish in a big tank by the toilets. The staff were amazingly helpful, friendly an the whole atmosphere was relaxed. The food was a step up from what you'd usually expect 'pub' food to be. You shouldn't be... More 

Thank Su A
Takaka, New Zealand
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The meals are mouth watering , big and well worth it . Staff is brilliant and the location is great . You won't regret eating here

Thank judez1961
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

great food, generous serving, nice pirate ambiance! this isnt our first time to go to Smugglers and we love it everytime! try the pirate pprk ribs! yummy!

Thank Jaclyn Lee F
Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are here yesterday. At first a bit doubtful because the place was rather empty, but within the half hour it was buzzing with people. I gather why: the food is well prepared and especially the ribs are to die for. The service is good, swift and friendly.

Thank Guust F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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
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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