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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

$$ - $$$, European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (53 reviews)
“steak” (34 reviews)
“salad” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 am - 11:30 pm Hours
CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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51 - 60 of 548 reviews

Reviewed 17 January 2018

We have often been here and twice recently. Mike and his team are tops, they just relate so well and welcome their guests in so many respects. A benchmark that's hard to beat, they personally assist their staff and chat with guests ensuring satisfaction for...More

Thank Bob and Di H
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thankyou for taking the time to review us. It just goes to show great food and customer service goes a long way! Stop in anytime.

Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Food excellent. Derive awesome. Absolutely a must visit or two if u are in Nelson, You will not be disappointed.

Thank GRL1951
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thankyou for taking the time to review us with such high praise. We endeavour to provide excellent service and great food and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 15 January 2018

Great family restaurant. Good food and super friendly staff. The children love the atmosphere. Good beer range.

Thank Aaron R
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with positive comments. It sounds like you really enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 15 January 2018

Smugglers has a great atmosphere and excellent friendly staff. Just must have their 'Billy Bones' spare ribs.

Thank Blair M
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with positive comments. It sounds like you really enjoyed our house specialty and over all experience. We hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Had an amazing lunch with family and friends for our last day on holiday!! The dessert was especially amazing!!

Thank Jade R
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thankyou for taking the time to review us and provide such great feedback. Hope to see you again when you visit sunny Nelson.

Reviewed 9 January 2018

The location is nothing special at all, food was ok but not great, service was SLOWWWWW, it took almost 40 minutes from ordering to actually get the food (for just two people), and the place kept filling with cigarette smoke that was blowing in through...More

Thank LL11111
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We note that you enjoyed a meal here over the summer holiday period where our daily numbers double, as we prepare everything fresh to order unfortunately sometimes our food takes a little longer to be...More

Reviewed 7 January 2018

Good food in a cool setting. The staff are friendly and efficient. We have visited here before on other trips and it still remains the same. Use your entertainment book for a good discount.

Thank philippagoile
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, glad you have returned for another enjoyable experience and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

food was tasty and portions large. we loved the ribs. good value on the kids meal. lots of locals so it’s not a tourist trap.

Thank Liz Price H
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with positive comments. It sounds like you really enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Ordered bruschetta as a starter. Very disappointed and we ended up leaving to go elsewhere for our actual dinner rather than risk paying for poor mains as well. Very thick slice of tomato slapped on cold ciabatta (texture of a cracker). The prawn and avo...More

Thank I1874IAkatiem
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi there, Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and great food and apologise for your experience, we would encourage you to advise our staff at the time as we are always happy to replace the meal...More

Reviewed 30 December 2017

Great atmosphere, always something to look at, friendly, casual, attentive staff, don't even write down your order, they remember jt,- food comes out in a timely manner, is always hot where needed to be [not the salad!!] prices on a par with other places, the...More

Thank cheifben
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review with positive comments. Sounds like you had a great experience and we hope to see you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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