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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Its a few years since we have visited Harbour Light so we went back. We went with a group and we all commented on the devine food. A stunning view over the water, even at night. I had The duck and gnocchi and it was...More

Thank nzp0ppy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Only stopped in for dessert on our way home. The staff were amazing and the views over the water were just as good. Looking forward to going back to try the meals

Thank jessie b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our second visit to Harbour Light we did a double take at the menu prices which were suddenly significantly higher. Whilst our meals were nice, neither of us felt we had been served anything we couldn't have produced equally well at home for ourselves...More

Thank Solotraveller54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the best dinner yet! Mum had the lamb which was excellently cooked. I had the beef, also superb!! They know how to properly cook meat. Hubby had the pasta. All three meals were fantastic!! (Pasta is a bit small for a male but...More

Thank Lauren d
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

Usual attentive friendly service with great views. They serve a three course $35.00 menu with two options in each. Very good value. We've tried it before and there's too much food for us oldies. We both chose fish of the day, John Dory and shared...More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Came here for dinner, the food was cooked perfectly, from starter to melt in the mouth beef then dessert. Service also just right. Lovely setting.

Thank linda G
Reviewed May 25, 2018

We came here for dinner, on the recommendation of our hotel. The restaurant was nicely done inside and we had a lovely spot by the window with views overlooking the harbour. The food was good, but unfortunately the experience was let down by the service,...More

Thank RDLO1
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We had booked this for a work team dinner. We all had heard so much about this restaurant but it sadly was disappointing. Although the food was 3/5 stars (dry lamb and boring empanadas), the worst part was the service. The staff was not attentive...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

We enjoyed our meals which were tasty and well presented, the good service and the overall experience which was a pleasant one.

Thank Q6995YRwilliamb
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Dinner - one of the best meals in ages . Seafood bouillabaisse ( they called it something else) best ever Stunning food, stunning venue , excellent service - my rave about experience in Nelson is this place . Thanks for a super night out

Thank Anita6722
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Jenny W
July 20, 2016|
Response from Jessica_Coyne |
Hi Jenny Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately we are closed Christmas Evening. We would recommend the Boatshed Cafe which is across the road from us.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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
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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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