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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

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8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

the smugglers is a great pub with great atmosphere Very enjoyable food and fast efficient service a real joy

Thank Gjn347
Cromwell, New Zealand
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visiting from out of town, this is the second time we have been to this Restaurant. We went on a Monday night and couldn’t get over how busy it was. We enjoyed a beer from their good selection as we waited for our meal. Our meals were nice and the staff friendly. The only complaint would be the seats are... More 

Thank traveller35302
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy little restaurant in Tahunanui , loads of character and nice food. The Chicken was good, i had the small portion fish and chips and the fish was small.... VERY small. So go for the large. We were there in the weekend and it was very noisy with kids.

Thank Stormpipes
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to start by saying that my partner and I are pub food lovers always looking for a good meal in a relax atmosphere. Probably we were expecting too much after reading some of the reviews, but although we cannot say the food was bad we have certainly tried better burgers, ribs, chicken and desserts for the same or... More 

1 Thank Guillermo M
Salt Lake City, Utah
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105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited twice in a week with our small children and they loved it! Kids menu had lots of options and the kiddie cocktails were a nice touch!

Thank ingraef2
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tried this place because of its close proximity to the motel we were staying in and the reviews on this site. Good atmosphere about the place and the meet and greet was warm and friendly. Overall the meals were good - great steak and an average mussel dish. Customer service let down by one staff member who seemed intent on... More 

Thank Bill T
Port Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

50 of us from a Ladies Social Club made a 50km trip to celebrate. No disappointments. Management and staff top service. Brilliant Chef. We all got a hot scrumptious meal. Great surroundings with a log fire. Plus other parties of private people. We will visit again.

Thank Miriam G
Mississauga, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pirate themed pub, with great claim chowder and fish and chips. Green Lip mussels were new to us, and were very good. A must try for anyone in the Nelson area who like mussels. Fish and Chips were fantastic, very fresh fish. Reasonably priced for NZ standard. within walking distance to our motel, so easy choice.

Thank bdorrington
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over the last six years we've always paid a visit to this restaurant with our sons family. Although I have to say the service was very good, the quality of the food and drinks for the price charged is definitely not up to the standard of previous visits.

1 Thank Mike L
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73 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was good, the place was clean, and the staff was friendly. We went for lunch, and they have a very reasonably priced lunch menus for seniors. Would definitely go there again.

Thank yank

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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
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
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
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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