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Harbour Light Bistro

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 546 6685
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful view with above average food and service. We had the beef cheeks and pumpkin gnocchi which were delicious. For desert we had the sorbet, chocolate fondant and creme brûlée. No complaints and well worth a visit.

Thank MLL386
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant located on the marina has outstanding views if you are in to things nautical. The service was very friendly and helpful. The food was completely underwhelming for what it could be and therefore over priced. The range of beer was stock standard Lion something unacceptable when Nelson and its surrounds is home to some fantastic breweries.

Thank P468VTianw
Christchurch, New Zealand
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127 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking for breakfast and found this place at 11am. Suppliers were going in and out. I noticed as I stepped through the door that a sign said that they opened at 11.30am. The chef was there and I said to him oh...ok I see you open in half an hour. Not a problem come in. I said I... More 

Thank Martin F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked to this restaurant from our rental and the sun was beginning to set which made the evening start out very nice. While we didn't get a table right up front, the view was still nice and there was an open window near my side of the table the provided a nice breeze (sadly my husband didn't get any... More 

Thank novcruisin
Clydebank, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easily the friendliest service I've had in Nelson. The view over the bay at sunset I won't forget in a long time. The food and wine was the best I've tasted Nelson. I'll be back soon...

Thank Themissingcase
Steve C, Owner at Harbour Light Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Thermissingcase. Thank you for your lovely review. We really appreciate you taking the time to go on Trip Advisor. look forward to seeing you soon! :) More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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409 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view overlooking the ocean and towards the mountains is lovely. However, we thought the prices were expensive for the meals. The duck on some pasta with boy choy for $35 - a nice meal but expensive. One of our party ordered half dozen oysters, with green salad and fries - a cost of $39. the oysters were tiny and... More 

Thank nzp0ppy
Steve C, Owner at Harbour Light Bistro, responded to this review

Hi nzpoppy and thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback and have taken into consideration what you have said. Apologies for the meals coming out at different times. This should not happen and we will strive to do better next time. We have a $35 three course lunch menu that may interest you as it is fantastic value... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very cute restaurant. We went on a night that wasn't too busy. Had the duck and lamb. Both were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place. Nice atmosphere and nice food.

Thank Brigiet T
Waitara, Taranaki, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the food thought our waiter was really nice. We asked to sit by the widow which at the time had already been booked but we're moved their as soon as they had left

Thank Aroha K
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't add much more to recent great reviews. we visited on a foggy damp night recently but the view of boats' lights traversing the harbour was still amazing! the food was superb, and our dietary requirements efficiently and tactfully met. the service was very pleasant and unobtrusive while being totally professional. being able to use our Christchurch Entertainment Book... More 

Thank AdrienneJ15
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We happen to have lunch here and the food was so yummy.The staff is so friendly and attentive-Should especially mention of"Bavarthi" the girl who served us,was so helpful and friendly

Thank MaxFernando

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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
$14 - $28
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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: 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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