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Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wednesday evening dining. Entree's. Soft shell crab for me. Salted fish for her. A glass of a Chardonnay each. Mains. Lamb rump for me. Fillet steak for her. A bottle of Ironclad Cab Sauv. A shared quay lime pie for dessert. Food, service & view....More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely staff. Great food which tasted great. We sat upstairs and had a lovely view across the water.

Thank Angk1812
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Focused, well thought out combinations. We had the tuna tartare to start followed by two mains: pork and fish. We finished with a mille feuille chocolate mousse with freeze dried raspberries. We consumed everything. Perhaps we were hungry after a gym workout ...but it helped...More

Thank Hdsouza16
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

The welcome and table was great and service only average. We found the current menus quite restrictive as not a great selection. The entree dishes are small in sizing and the mains are also small. However the deserts were of good size and a reasonable...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed July 25, 2018

We sat downstairs in the more informal area and had the Chef's specials. Started with freshly caught Tuna and a basket of a fresh selection of breads (all baked that day), then onto a Risotto with a perfectly cooked egg yoke taking centre stage. My...More

Thank SkyJetMan
Reviewed July 11, 2018

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 July 10, 2018 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 July 9, 2018 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 July 4, 2018 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
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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
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Large groups, Romantic
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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