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Harbour Light Bistro

) #5 of 125 Restaurants in Nelson $$$$ Seafood, European,
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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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The meal was great, however if we dined we would only have 1 1/2hrs due to another booking. That was fine as we have 2 young children. However during this time we discovered we only had time for a main. We were offered desert, however...More

Thank I9360KUannab
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great service. Lovely meal. Window seat. The meals tasted divine and the setting was botique and classy.

Thank inspire a
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner here first night in Nelson. The food was lovely and there was a good range. Good selection of wines. The view would be amazing during the day.

Thank Moonah007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go the view and ambience !!! Go the lamb lamb lamb! It's an absolute winner so tasty, the lamb has a delicious cheesey topping with fresh green beans! The owner always greets us and is very knowledgable with his wines!

Thank foodiesandwine
Reviewed 14 June 2017

If one is looking for a superb French lunch fixed price with style then I think The Harbour Light Bistro ticks all the boxes! The food is superb and attention to detail is way ahead of the price, $ 35.00 for a genuine three course...More

1  Thank 62sailor
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Great service and very accommodating... Food and the view was to die for. Will definitely be back! Thank you

Thank Sheena L
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Lunch for two yesterday. I had the $35 lunch special. Parsnip soup with goats cheese croquettes, fish ( John Dory) of the day with vegetables, and a chocolate fondant to finish. My wife had the fish of the day. We shared the entrée and dessert....More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We have had varied service at this restaurant on previous occasions, however our recent visit the service was very good. The food is made from pure ingredients which makes every mouthful enjoyable. On this night, we had the tuna tataki, beautifully fresh. The duck on...More

Thank armada2016
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We have had good meals here in the past but this was disappointing. We weren't offered information about the 'specials' but had to ask. The fish I ordered came without the potatoes I'd been told were part of the meal- when they eventually arrived I'd...More

3  Thank wallis12
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We stopped by this restaurant on our first evening in Nelson. The meal was great - decent sized portions but not overwhelmingly large. Service was well paced and the staff friendly. We had our first affogato here - a fabulous and light(ish) way to finish...More

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Jenny W
20 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
US$14 - US$28
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
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
  • 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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