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Harbour Light Bistro

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 546 6685
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Tue 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Nelson, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A warm welcome on a cold night, we enjoyed the service and the food.. Selecting from the menu was made difficult by the great variety of dishes. We settled on the blue cod which was excellent with a good selection of seasonal vegetables. The staters and desserts all good.

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Thank AlisterMorison
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing view over Tasman Bay, the cooked breakfast was faultless and the service and coffee matched the setting and food. Well done Harbour Light Bistro.

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Thank cosmic2015
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Service is very slow, we've been there twice when it wasn't busy but long wait, and no offer of another drink when glasses already empty but before food arrived. Got dirty wine glass with lipstick mark. The food is beautiful, very nice. Well presented, and yummy till the last mouthful.

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Thank elem7142
Steve C, Owner at Harbour Light Bistro, responded to this review

Good morning and Thank You for your review. I am very happy that you have brought to light a service issue that needs to be dealt with. I am so happy that you enjoyed our beautiful food and I will endeavour to make sure that service meets the same standard. We hope to see you in our restaurant again. More 

nelson
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We spent a lovely long lunch soaking up the beautiful Nelson winter day. The view was to die for, the wine delicious (greenhough apple riesling) and the food was good but not amazing. The fish of the day was pricey at $33 but unfortunately wasn't particularly tasty, I was excited to try truffles but they didn't taste of much and... More 

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Thank NelsonTravelLover
Steve C, Owner at Harbour Light Bistro, responded to this review

Good morning and Thank you for your review. I am so happy you got to experience our sunny dining room on a beautiful Nelson Winter's day. Thank you for your feedback on our fish of the day. We are sorry that it did not meet your standard. We would be happy on any occasion to give our more sauce however... More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Setting and food absolutely beautiful. Service was good just took a little time to be served after being seated. Would suggest the amenities are checked as they were not the best by mid afternoon.

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Thank christine411
Nelson, New Zealand
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have been here on about 4 occasions and it's always wonderful , excellent food and wine menu , beautiful views ( especially at sunset ). Great service , highly recommend .

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Thank Liliwenzel
Nelson, New Zealand
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125 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went recently to the Harbour Light at lunch time. I enjoyed a lovely seafood chowder with a family group. Some members of our group had the Rueben and two had the salmon. We were all happy with our food although both people who chose the salmon felt the portion size was small. We were lucky enough to be sitting... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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183 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are only a small handful of restaurants in Nelson where you are able to eat and look out over beautiful Nelson Haven and to the Southern Alps. This is one of the best. The food at a mid week lunch was fine, tasty and with a good menu. Service was good. A very pleasing experience.

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Thank JohnandTracy_L
New Zealand
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if the food wasn't so good you would still enjoy sitting inside admiring the view. As it happens the food and service are both very good indeed. Would love to visit here again.

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Thank travellingkiwi57
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were out cycling and stopped here for breakfast. Very friendly staff and our food was tasty. The view from upstairs is fantastic.

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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
Average prices
$14 - $28
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: 03 546 6685
Description
Harbour Light Bistro is a locally owned Nelson restaurant based on Wakefield Quay, one of Nelsons beautiful waterfronts. Harbour Light offers a selection of locally and internationally inspired dishes. All dishes are made fresh and our menus change seasonally as we use locally sourced fresh produce when possible for our restaurant. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant offers spacious indoor dining with picturesque waterfront views, suitable for large groups or an intimate lunch or dinner for two. Our wines are also locally sourced from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions and are all carefully selected to accompany our many fine dishes. Harbour Light Bistro & Restaurant is open weekdays from 11.30Am to late. On the weekend we open at 9.30 For brunch then through to close with dinner. Please call us on 03 546 6685 for a reservation so as not to be disappointed.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?