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Harbour Light Bistro

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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
09:30 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Tue 11:30 - 21:30
Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 21:30
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous food, lovely service and great view. What more could you ask for. 3 of us for lunch - all entrees, mains and desserts were all special. Would definitely recommend.

Thank 232Heather
Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Ate at the Harbour Light for Mother's Day lunch, and had an excellent meal. Food was delicious. Service was impeccable; they do not rush you, but are always to hand. Have eaten here a few times and it is always good. Leave room for dessert; both the key lime pie and chocolate fondant are great finishes to the meal.

Thank David T
Whangarei, New Zealand
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

Brought our visitors here for dinner. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. The meals for the 4 of us were simply surpurb. Blue Cod was delicious. The steak the best ever; cooked to perfection! Desert made for the minute, and was mouth watering decadent. Our French waiter was delightful, charming, and very polite. Don't miss this great place!

Thank JudithC007
Mapua, New Zealand
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Great location but overpriced and below average service. My wife ordered a Caesar Salad as an entree-$19 for a pile of cous lettuce and some cheese. No croutons, no bacon and no Caesar dressing. I ordered the PeriPeri squid-$35 and nothing special, just some squid pieces on a bed of chick peas lettuce and coriander. Try Hopgoods in town. It... More 

2 Thank unclewally2015
yardley pa
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134 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

There are two restaurants in this area, Harbour Light and Boathouse. Food is good in both, but we really would strongly recommend the Harbour Light Bistro. From the moment we walked in, to the moment we left, every person we talked to was helpful and anxious to do anything possible to make our dinner enjoyable. Even the people dining seemed... More 

Thank art89
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

My partner and I have visited this restaurant 2 or 3 times and each time we have been impressed by the friendly and helpful staff. On the last occasion we were able to book a table by a window which meant we had views across the beautiful Nelson harbor entrance, with the mountains as a backdrop.

1 Thank LorenzNelson
Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Overlooking the harbour entrance this is a great place to eat and watch the world go by. As the sun goes down behind the mountains it is very picture perfect. Food is also very good.

1 Thank JulianRR55
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Go out for brunch regularly and had one of our best meals here. Ordered the hollandaise poached eggs and harbour light breakfast. We were both very happy! Will go back 😊

1 Thank 410jasmined
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Good location with lovely views especially upstairs where the road is not so obvious. Small breakfast menu executed well. One suggestion would be to include some smaller plates on the menu like fruit only, boiled eggs or some bakery. This may have been available upon request.

Thank John S
Perth, Australia
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The name Harbour Light Bistro does not do this wonderful restaurant justice. Excellent food, grate service with a fantastic selection of wine accompaniments.

Thank Cherie P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 27
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
09:30 - 21:30
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?