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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking forward to our evening at the Harbour Light Bistro in Nelson, NZ, but ended up disappointed. A pleasant environment, overlooking Tasman Bay. But our reservation was for 7 pm, and even though we had a glass of wine before ordering dinner, our...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Nelson for a few days and had dinner here one night. Nice place with great views (if you are upstairs by a window) and we enjoyed our food. Professionally run operation ... worth a visit

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Aodhobroin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here in October with a large group of friends for a special occasion and were very impressed with food and service. So went back tonight to take an overseas visitor to show them what Nelson could offer. Again great food but very disappointed...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tansy58
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I met here with three friends visiting from Auckland. None of us did three courses, instead sticking to mains and desserts. By unanimous vote we enjoyed our food immensely. We all had something different and each dish looked so great we got involved in a...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BruceFarquhar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are an Australian couple touring New Zealand by motorcycle. We booked our trip back in July and with it some activities and restaurants on the way. Given it was going to be Christmas Day when we arrived in Nelson we decided to book well...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank dellaf2017
Jessica_Coyne, Owner at Harbour Light Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Della We sent you an email on July 25th which is attached below. On Wed, 25 Jul 2018 at 17:17, Harbour Light Bistro <harbourlightbistro@gmail.com> wrote: Hi Della, Thank you for your reservation at Harbour Light Bistro on Christmas day at 7pm. Unfortunately, we are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Location great, view excellent, food delicious. Now I have another 40 words to write - what more to you need? Our meals were beautifully cooked. Smoked salmon and periperi squid followed by fillet steak and lamb rump all perfectly delicious. We'll be back.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank stevew538
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We dined with a large group, from the three course menu. My lamb rump was perfectly tender and tasty. The key lime pie was superb. Great views and friendly staff. Couldn’t ask for more!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Hannah_C368
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying in Nelson for a couple of weeks, we have been trying a number of the restaurants in the area - the Harbour Light is the seventh we have visited and it has proved to be the best. The choice of meals from a three-course...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Three for lunch. Steve's in the kitchen. 3 meals. John Dory fish of the day for her, ravioli for him & Soft shell crab for me. Affigato and Quay Lime Pie desserts. Te Mania Reserve Chardonnay to share. Everything was perfect. AAA+++.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank neilcS1420VQ
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

What a lovely little restaurant with an amazing view of the harbour. We had the opportunity to watch a large ship leaving and some yacht racing. The service was excellent and the food was scrumptious. Recommend the Lamb rump and the Beef fillet

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank graeme638
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Questions & Answers
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, Scenic view, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 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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