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Harbour Light Bistro

) #5 of 127 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, Vegan Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

We arrived in Nelson around noon time and decided to try this quaint looking restaurant. We were in the shoulder season, so we were happy to find a restaurant that was open on a Sunday. We were delighted to find the service excellent, the views...More

Thank 7didi7
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

I dined at Harbour Light during a wet and cold lunchtime, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The views (I was seated upstairs) are wonderful - overlooking the bay and nearby islands, and the wait staff friendly and attentive. The menu was varied and interesting,...More

Thank LoveDining77
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I dined here two years ago and, although rating it a 5, the wine list was limited and expensive. Can't say that any more. Much improved. We chose the lamb rump and it was truly superb. Followed with key lime pie, which...More

Thank Kiwipj
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Harbour Light with a group and were lucky to sit on the first floor where you have an excellent view over the Tasman sea ! We choose different dishes ... from a fresh Caesar salad, a delicious Fish soup and even a super...More

Thank Guy9120
Reviewed 1 December 2016

We liked everything about this restaurant: the beautiful location overlooking the sea, the friendly staff and the delicious food. We had a lamb and a fish dish, both very attractively presented and cooked to perfection. The wine we chose was excellent. Then, we had the...More

Thank giselajud
Reviewed 30 November 2016

We had a sunset dinner at Harbour Light Bistro and found the food and service in the range of excellent. The seafood was excellent and the lamb was delicious. The large selection of beer and wine served us well and gave us a lot to...More

Thank dickgreene51
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Make sure you are sitting on the upper floor if you care for the view. The waitress was informative and friendly. The food we ordered were all great from pork belly entree, steak, and the ossobuco. We enjoyed every bite of our meal.

Thank Dan G
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

The food was perfection. We had the brie entree, fish main and key lime pie dessert... It truly was perfection on a plate.

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We visit and had a lovely fish dish. Our clients are new to Nelson so thrilled with the views and food. Wine list is excellent. Steve the owner / chef is always generous

Thank foodiesandwine
Reviewed 12 November 2016

This is a restaurant run by a chef with excellent culinary training (years with Bertold Siber) and it shows. This is the best restaurant in Nelson - the atmosphere is relaxed yet the service and ambience are great. The view and most importantly the food...More

Thank Lily33532
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, View, 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
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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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