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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
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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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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great place for dinner. Stunning views of the Nelson harbour which is beautiful in the evening watching the sun go down or the ships going out. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Great selection.

Thank 24Rani
Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

When last I reviewed this restaurant, I gave it one star because of the person who served us. We found out that he'd left, so we figured we'd head back and give Harbour Light another go. This time, it was excellent. From the food and service to the view, I couldn't fault it. Without that one staff member (who was... More 

1 Thank Wordnut
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

On our way to the Picton ferry, my girlfriend and I did a stop in Nelson. The Harbour Light Bistro seemed like the best place for a special dinner. The staff was super friendly and the service was very good. The food was definitely one of the best we got on our 3 week trip through New Zealand. Great Wine... More 

Thank Magnus D
Murchison, New Zealand
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43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

My husband and I enjoyed a special anniversary dinner here with faultless, friendly service. Our meals were splendid: John Dory for one and Duck for the other followed by a super Affogato dessert each. Best of all the acoustics and ambience were conducive to ease of conversation and concentration on the lovely food (no music or loud background noise even... More 

Thank Roger-Sarah
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Booking a couple of days ahead scored us a window table. Friendly and attentive service. We enjoyed beef and lamb dishes which were were well presented and cooked. Delicious creme brûlée and a cheese board to finish.

Thank Roger B
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

If you want serenity and relaxation while enjoying your favourite dish, then this is the place. A bright warm relaxed establishment with friendly staff and great service.

Thank CrocketCroy
Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

After a last minute decision 7 people turned up unannounced and was made very welcome. Pork entree was amazing as was the rest of the food. Service from waitress Danni was amazing and a real pleasure. View of habour was lovely as well.

Thank SparkySteve
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Recently went for a dinner date, food was really wonderful, and we were seated in the window seat so had wonderful sea views then the sunset then the lights - couldn't get any better and the service was really good, not too rushed but just right.

Thank Deborah K
Nelson, New Zealand
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

The meal was faultless as well as the service, the ambiance of the upstairs dining room, overlooking the haven, on a winter's evening, right on sunset is soft, warm, and so easy to settle into. It was one of the most pleasing meals I have had for a long time, very yummy, and beautifully presented. The menu caters for all... More 

Thank 151Sunseeker67
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

The sun was shining and the water glistened the boats went in and out through the gap while we ate melt in your mouth blue cod and Key Lime Pie. The service was excellent. This is my favourite place to dine when I am in Nelson. The food is always of the highest quality.

Thank Genevieve154

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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?