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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

) #10 of 125 Restaurants in Nelson $$ - $$$ , European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“ribs” (48 reviews)
“steak” (27 reviews)
“salad” (22 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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71 - 80 of 449 reviews

Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Had an excellent experience. Great ambience with the big table to sit at. Food was great pub food. Reasonable price.

Thank Tracey B
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful comments after visiting us. It is great to hear that you enjoyed everything. Thanks again.

Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant on the first night of our holiday. The food was delicious and big portions. Our waitress was very welcoming and lovely - even overheard her going above and beyond and making some activity recommendations to other diners at...More

Thank Shannon S
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining with us. It is really great to hear all your positive comments, its really appreciated. Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and we look forward to seeing you next...More

Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

Great menu selection, the decor was cool and handy location with really friendly staff. Kids loved it here too!

Thank Chris T
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us with such great comments. It sounds like you really enjoyed everything. Thanks again.

Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

We found this place when we walked down from our motel looking for a meal. The service was very friendly, welcoming and prompt. We ordered the ribs on the first visit and were really impressed by the size of the dish and the wonderful taste....More

Thank SWGH123
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining with us not once, but twice. It is great to hear that you enjoyed all the things that we pride ourselves on including the friendly service and tasty food. Thanks again.

Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

This pub was close to our motel and had good reviews so we decided on going here for our last night in Nelson. We were not disappointed, we were served promptly and ordered drinks. We particularly liked the kids menu as it had food that...More

Thank Pete Y
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us after dining here with your family. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the selection on the kids menu and our infamous ribs. Thanks again for your wonderful comments and we look forward...More

Reviewed January 4, 2017

After visiting the World of Wearable Art, we needed a place to regroup and amend our itinerary for the day due to bad weather. The great atmosphere, good food and humorous staff brightened up our day.

Thank 589riaanb
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for your wonderful comments. We are pleased that you took shelter here at Smugglers. Thanks again, safe travels and see you next time you are in Nelson.

Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Food was not what menu indicated! The kids menu is terrible and over priced to be completely honest. The steak meant to come with roasted potato and we got hot chips instead? Kids menu supposed to include an ice cream - we never got one!...More

Thank walkerbarr
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for your comments. We believe that we have a wonderful kids menu that includes options such as roast beef, kids platter and fish and chips just to name a few at a very reasonable price of $12.50. We apologize for the...More

Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Came here for the jazz festival and to listen the the boogie train blues band. Stopped for lunch as we got here early for a good seat. Had the steak and ale pie with mashed potatoes and veg. Excellent. Good service , food and beer....More

Thank Shortcat
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review us. It is great to hear your wonderful comments. We hope that you enjoyed the jazz too. We look forward to seeing you again next time.

Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Thank you guys SO MUCH for a lovely dinner the other night! We loved our burgers (those patties are divine), and Micah was obsessed with the kids platter. Wonderful, warm service, and fun ambience- we'll absolutely be back!

Thank Kirsty L
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you very much for your wonderful review- it is great to hear such positive comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Had a table booked which was lucky as Smugglers was absolutely packed. Haven't been here for a couple of years so was pleased to see food and service both still high quality.

Thank Jamie P
SmugglersNelson, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2017

Hi there, Thank you for coming to visit us and then taking the time to review us with positive comments. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing next time.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions
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
  • E-mail
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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