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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, 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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW 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
Nelson, New Zealand
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love the atmosphere here, a real pub feel. Yummy food, always fresh and to a high standard. Generous portions too.

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Thank kiakaha7
Nelson
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103 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner here with a group of 11 for a birthday party. The service was excellent, as usual, and the food was very good. Both my husband and I had steak and were very happy with how it was cooked. Other meals included duck, groper and eye fillet steak, and no-one complained about their meal. Our waiter was very... More 

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Thank FoxyLoxy025
Nelson, New Zealand
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our son and two grandchildren to Smugglers and were certainly not disappointed. Excellent wait staff, excellent food (very generous servings) and well priced. It was such a shame I couldn't fit in the cheesecake for dessert - next time.

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Thank WBuzz
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here as part of a large group - the atmosphere is great and the food didn't take too long to arrive. The food was delicious all round and didn't seem too pricey. The drinks are also very nice and I would definitely go again next time I'm in Nelson.

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Thank W4962UQsarahk
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

service was fantastic and the meal was delicious. I had the headless chicken and hubby had the finger licking ribs. It is our 2nd visit to Nelson and 2nd time we have dined at this restaurant. Our meal last visit was equally as good hence why we went back again. Prices are reasonable

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Thank Lynnaire J
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Partner took me here as he frequents Smugglers every time he is in Nelson. Rocked up at about 7.30 on a Wednesday evening. We were seated immediately. There were only a handful of other couples there and about 2 families, we were seated in a corner on comfy bench seats which was nice. Our drink orders were taken and delivered... More 

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Thank Meegs_23
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34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Turned up on a really busy night when semi finals of rugby competition was on and there were a number of large groups booked. The staff were able to find us a table and served us efficiently and quickly. The meal (finger licking ribs )was delicious and up to expectations. Strongly recommend this for a better than average 'pub' meal.

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

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such fantastic comments - its greatly appreciated. It is so pleasing to hear that you enjoyed everything, especially on what was such a busy night for us. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again next time. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the service was a little slow,be careful what you order,sorry that the meal and service was not what it use to be wont be going back in a hurry.

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

Hi there, Thanks for your comments, even though they are a little vague - without you explaining why you thought that the meal and service where not what apparently not what they "use to be" we are unable to do anything about this. We do hope to see you again so we can live up to your expectations as we... More 

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56 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So visiting Nelson and on our last night we felt having a good steak. After a bit of research we decided on this place. The steak was good, we weren't disappointed but it was t amazing either. We ordered rare and it came out medium rare as other reviews pointed out. So glad we listened to you guys as we... More 

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Thank DJ-it-nz
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining here. Its great to hear that you enjoyed everything including your steak - even though you had an interesting was of ordering it. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you 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, Gluten Free Options, 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
Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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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