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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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“beef cheeks” (6 reviews)
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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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61 - 70 of 455 reviews

Reviewed 16 January 2017

food was ok but were seated well away from windows so no view which is what you go for really staff very pleasdant

Thank alfie08
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Fantastic meal and great location overlooking the water. Definitely need to book ahead, particularly over busy Christmas holiday period

Thank Waltersj1
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We had a very nice dinner here: good food and very nice service staff ensured we had a lovely time. The chocolate cookie we ordered for dessert even had been freshely baked. The window table and the great view didn't hurt either. . If you...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 7 January 2017

It was a stat holiday so I was pleased that I called ahead, we had a lovely table for two overlooking the water, and the staff were so friendly although a little rushed off their feet ( perhaps the wonderful chef /owner could have put...More

Thank Leeanne65
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Was very excited to have dinner at this restaurant, however was very disappointed as it was my birthday and the meal I ordered was quite different to what they supplied me, I was expecting the only change to a substitute fish but the only other...More

Thank somwag
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is in the port area of Nelson. The view, especially from the upper floor is gorgeous- try to reserve a window table on the upper floor for the best view. The food is good- quality European food with a kiwi twist, lots of...More

Thank ceejayxx
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Good selection of entrees and mains but unfortunately we were absolutely stonkered halfway through our mains so couldn't try their desserts. The food was nice and well presented. Good for a family dinner but a bit pricey and not outstanding. Still, the staff were lovely...More

Thank GeribellesPad
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Had my brothers wedding reception here, and the food was great and the staff were lovely. Can't comment on the prices. Excellent location view-wise, but some issues with a lack of parking

Thank Cam A
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Harbour Light Bistro is perfectly located, perched above Wakefield Quay, giving great views across the harbour and bay. And the menu is extensive with great local produce, beautifully prepared and presented. A real treat in Nelson

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Incredible food with fantastic views. We enjoyed the steaks which were cooked to perfection and very tasty. To top it off the view out the huge Windows made the sunset very enjoyable.

Thank Pen0811
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Jenny W
21 July 2016|
Response from Chipmunkie |
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
USD 7 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, 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: +64 3-546 6685
  • E-mail
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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