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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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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (50 reviews)
“steak” (32 reviews)
“salad” (28 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.All hours
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited this bar a number of time while staying in Nelson. I just loved the way it is set out, the thought that has gone into the decor. I love the nautical feel. Staff are super friendly and the food is superb. Had our last...More

Thank Grifficx
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Varied menu and looks and tastes great Variety of meals served and were lovely Price average Service good

Thank morecambewilkies
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely food and service. The pork ribs were huge and tasted amazing. Cool decor and ambience. Our waiter was very accomodating and friendly. The beer jugs were a hit (I managed to score one to take home for a fee) Overall this is a great...More

Thank TeresaandGary2003
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who has EVER heard of a $29.50 Jug of Speight's??? Ridiculous!! The bar Manager forgot to provide a glass of Pinot Gris (which had been PAID for) and then disputed that the wine had been taken, going so far as to come out to the...More

Thank rahall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tall Vodka and Soda with no ice turned into Tall Vodka with flat lemonade and lots of ice so not a good start. Waitress had no idea what fish of day was or much clue about menu at all and the several minor modifications or...More

Thank flounder51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The night started with quick service and a beer landed on my table. The restaurant was reasonably busy for a Thursday night. I ordered the pork belly as an entree and the linguine as a main - I struggled to eat both. The pork belly...More

Thank mattinthehat25
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location, friendly staff and fantastic food. The burgers were amazing and very reasonably priced. Will visit again

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sat outside and enjoyed their pork ribs and fish tacos. The ribs are good but messy - the fish tacos have a nice amount of fish, although a bit too much liquid runoff. Would go again.

Thank Spinner915
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner here in our trip to Nelson. Friendly staff with excellent service. We have waited for our food for quite awhile but I worth the wait... Food was great. They have given us complimentary drinks for that though. Great ambience and so cosy.

Thank kathycredo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Service wasn’t too great. Wasn’t that busy and waited about 10 mins and then went and ordered at bar. But when we got food it was yum. Twice cooked Pork belly was rich but yum. Deep fried Camembert was delish. Cool enough place, not overly...More

Thank linzi_5
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
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
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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