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Boat Shed Cafe

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351 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9783
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09:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 22:00
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had heard good things so made a booking, food was average and the service was ok. Great location could be such a great restaurant.

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Thank Pestypete65
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were able to walk in off the street and order an early dinner with no booking and no fuss. The meal was great, the location was superb and my husband liked the beer selection. What's not to like...

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Thank Christine H
Oamaru, New Zealand
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely meal here. We're seated upstairs with a lovely view out to sea. Friendly, helpful and attentive staff. Will definitely be recommending this cafe restaurant to friends.

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Thank sue_rudduck
Nelson, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went to the Boatshed for a Valentine's Day treat. We had the trust the chef menu with a lovely glass of sparkling wine. Unfortunately we were seated upstairs. Upstairs is a tiny room with one window and four tables. Considering that part of the appeal of the Boatshed if the view over the water, I would not recommend sitting... More 

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Thank Jane P
Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Boatshed is a "always visit" when we travel through Nelson. Dinner last night didn't disappoint! A fabulous location, trusting the chef was a great call - fresh gastronomic creations full of great flavours teased us through the evening, and the wait staff were sunny, attentive and knowledgeable! Heaven!

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Thank Don S
Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very quaint place. We did the "trust the chef" menu - 5 courses - good portion size - felt like we got to taste many things without being overwhelmed. Definitely would do that again. While the food was very good - we didn't leave with a "I loved everything" experience but we enjoyed what we had. The service was... More 

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Thank CathyRickAdventure
Washburn, Wisconsin
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101 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the 'Trust the Chef' option at this somewhat pricey restaurant and we enjoyed it a great deal. It was fun and we tried things we would not have ordered otherwise - salmon carpaccio and whitebait, for example. The lemon ricotta cheese and tomato salad was delightful! Get a reservation so you can sit out over the water.

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Thank sammy10dog
Terre Haute, Indiana
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us arrived at this restaurant rather early for dinner and were waited on promptly. The waitress took our orders but it took 45 minutes to receive our meals. She said it was busy on the other side.

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Thank sharenmoseman
Greymouth, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really friendly staff. Great range of better than basic food. excellent atmosphere. clean and tidy. Would go again but slightly above my normal budget for lunch but great for an evening meal.

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Thank timmora
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This old favourite just gets bette .Last here about 20 years ago and it is still right up there .It sits out over the water with great views on three sides .The salmon carpaccio was devine as was all the food .Very good wine list too. Only issue is parking as this spot is a main road .

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Thank Stephen D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 22:00
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 351 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 9783

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?