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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

) #9 of 127 Restaurants in Nelson $$ - $$$ , ,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (48 reviews)
“steak” (32 reviews)
“chicken” (21 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:30All hours
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great place for a meal with family and friends. Good prices and lots on the menu to chose from. Staff were nice and friendly.

Thank 546sherrid
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Smugglers with a group of friends for my birthday! Staff went all out put up a Happy Birthday Banner above the table and my dessert came out with a candle! Food is delicious and plentiful! A unique setting! Great night! Highly recommend!

Thank Prue P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had beer from the tap,and chips, and seafood chowder, all food very tasty,beer cold. Quite busy, but still staff nice and attentive.

Thank Bluecactus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good warm up winter lunch i had Black Market Fish AND Chips small, just the right size with a pint of Macs gold.My lady had the Bandits CHICKEN burrito with a glass of wine, Food was good place was warm Staff are just great an...More

Thank stonepilot81
Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped into Smugglers while on holiday in Nelson. The staff were friendly and bent over backwards to ensure our experience was the best. They also provided some great advice on what to see and do in Nelson. The food was delicious, including the fish (I...More

Thank Bigburt01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was great and the staff were outstanding. The garlic bread was delicious with a lovely crust. My husband had steak and I had chicken, both were cooked beautifully. We left very happy and contented customers.

Thank SueSteveYoung
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have just arrived home from a family gathering at the Smugglers, and we were very disappointed. Have eaten here many times in the past and always found the food, beautifully cooked and always the great value for money. Alas.....things have slipped. The steak that was...More

Thank marilynsfone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and his friend had the scotch fillet steak which was cooked to their satisfaction and a large helping. I had the Chicken and Camembert in Filo Pastry which was delicious. We all had a mulled wine which was delicious. Service was great.

Thank Val L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice meal out. The quality of the food was better than expected. Steak was a bit under done but the cut of meat was very nice as was the sides that came with it. The service was great as well. All very friendly even though...More

Thank SiobhanMcGibbon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for dinner late before checking into our hotel. Entree was fabulous (fish taco's) my main (chicken wrapped in bacon ) was a little dry but the potato gratin made up for it. My partners dish (the beef cheek) was just far too rich...More

Thank LEXC80
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4084
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SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY CATEGORY - NELSON The Smugglers Pub and Cafe is famous for its hearty meals, foaming craft ales and great wines all served up in a unique old world atmosphere.Located within easy walking distance from Nelson's Tahunanui Beach and set amongst the areas' busy motel district, the Smugglers is ideally placed to cater for your group no matter how large or small. Food is available all day and into the evening with extensive snack, lunch and dinner menus including gluten free and children's menus for young smugglers. We stock a variety of regional, national and international wines along with Mac's & Speights beers, Guinness, Kilkenny, Becks and Stella Artois.We are open seven days a week including most holidays and absolutely no surcharges ever. So come on down relax and enjoy the award winning atmosphere that is so unique to Smugglers.
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