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Harbour Light Bistro

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 546 6685
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As locals we dine here several times a year, this is a lovely restaurant with stunning views over Nelsonstatetheatre waterfront. Food and service is great.

Thank pam4967
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place for dinner. Stunning views of the Nelson harbour which is beautiful in the evening watching the sun go down or the ships going out. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Great selection.

Thank 24Rani
Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When last I reviewed this restaurant, I gave it one star because of the person who served us. We found out that he'd left, so we figured we'd head back and give Harbour Light another go. This time, it was excellent. From the food and service to the view, I couldn't fault it. Without that one staff member (who was... More 

Thank Wordnut
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to the Picton ferry, my girlfriend and I did a stop in Nelson. The Harbour Light Bistro seemed like the best place for a special dinner. The staff was super friendly and the service was very good. The food was definitely one of the best we got on our 3 week trip through New Zealand. Great Wine... More 

Thank Magnus D
Murchison, New Zealand
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed a special anniversary dinner here with faultless, friendly service. Our meals were splendid: John Dory for one and Duck for the other followed by a super Affogato dessert each. Best of all the acoustics and ambience were conducive to ease of conversation and concentration on the lovely food (no music or loud background noise even... More 

Thank Roger-Sarah
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booking a couple of days ahead scored us a window table. Friendly and attentive service. We enjoyed beef and lamb dishes which were were well presented and cooked. Delicious creme brûlée and a cheese board to finish.

Thank Roger B
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want serenity and relaxation while enjoying your favourite dish, then this is the place. A bright warm relaxed establishment with friendly staff and great service.

Thank CrocketCroy
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a last minute decision 7 people turned up unannounced and was made very welcome. Pork entree was amazing as was the rest of the food. Service from waitress Danni was amazing and a real pleasure. View of habour was lovely as well.

Thank SparkySteve
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently went for a dinner date, food was really wonderful, and we were seated in the window seat so had wonderful sea views then the sunset then the lights - couldn't get any better and the service was really good, not too rushed but just right.

Thank Deborah K
Nelson, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The meal was faultless as well as the service, the ambiance of the upstairs dining room, overlooking the haven, on a winter's evening, right on sunset is soft, warm, and so easy to settle into. It was one of the most pleasing meals I have had for a long time, very yummy, and beautifully presented. The menu caters for all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $27
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
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
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?
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