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Harbour Light Bistro

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$$$$
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I dined here two years ago and, although rating it a 5, the wine list was limited and expensive. Can't say that any more. Much improved. We chose the lamb rump and it was truly superb. Followed with key lime pie, which we often talk about because it was so good last time. Again, excellent. Add great... More 

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Beveren
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Harbour Light with a group and were lucky to sit on the first floor where you have an excellent view over the Tasman sea ! We choose different dishes ... from a fresh Caesar salad, a delicious Fish soup and even a super vegetarian first course to beautiful main courses : Fish of the day, lamb and beef... More 

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Torio, Panama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We liked everything about this restaurant: the beautiful location overlooking the sea, the friendly staff and the delicious food. We had a lamb and a fish dish, both very attractively presented and cooked to perfection. The wine we chose was excellent. Then, we had the best lime pie ever for dessert. I am not a specialist in lime pies but... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a sunset dinner at Harbour Light Bistro and found the food and service in the range of excellent. The seafood was excellent and the lamb was delicious. The large selection of beer and wine served us well and gave us a lot to choose from. The views from the second floor dining room were spectacular. We recommend you... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you are sitting on the upper floor if you care for the view. The waitress was informative and friendly. The food we ordered were all great from pork belly entree, steak, and the ossobuco. We enjoyed every bite of our meal.

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Thank Dan G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was perfection. We had the brie entree, fish main and key lime pie dessert... It truly was perfection on a plate.

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Thank Sue C
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit and had a lovely fish dish. Our clients are new to Nelson so thrilled with the views and food. Wine list is excellent. Steve the owner / chef is always generous

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a restaurant run by a chef with excellent culinary training (years with Bertold Siber) and it shows. This is the best restaurant in Nelson - the atmosphere is relaxed yet the service and ambience are great. The view and most importantly the food is excellent. I wish I had something like this back in Melbourne!

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there for a friends engagement, was fantastic, everybody eenjoyed, nice food, staff well ttrained to serve large group, was perfect.

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Hamilton Island, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an excellent experience. We were a party of 5 for lunch and dishes were first class, staff were informative and pleasant. It was a lovely family occasion.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $27
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings
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: +64 3-546 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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