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Honest Lawyer

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1 Point Road | Monaco, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-547 4070
08:00 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place. Great food and a great atmosphere. The outside area is such a nice place to sit and eat and Monaco is a lovely place for a walk after

Thank katyb12345
Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived late, after the restaurant had just shut down, but they still managed to whip up a great meal for us using heated stones to cook the meat accompanied with great fries, salad and wine. Brilliant.

Thank Youie1966
Levin, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was looking forward to a meal here as we had dropped in for a drink after our arrival in Nelson for our first visit. Staff were very friendly and it had a quaint atmosphere. However, returning for our meal a few nights later we shared a garlic infused bread which was delicious, followed by fish and chips for my husband... More 

1 Thank Fiona C
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed across the road at the Mecure, who very kindly suggested the Honest Lawyer as their restaurant wasn't open until later in the day. A wonderful setting next to the estuary, great food and wonderful service for both visits. Can't comment about the accommodation at the Honest Lawyer but would be keen to return for more great meals and... More 

Thank Wakateri1
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We're frequent visitors to the Nelson and make a point of catching up with friends for an evening drink at the HL when there. I don't know what's happened to this place in the past 12 months but sadly this time we felt that the service wasn't really up to standard and the drinks were overpriced. Just to top it... More 

Thank dodgyboy
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49 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

This restaurant is close to the Mercure Nelson in a great location. I had the best tasting veggie burger ever. I would advise booking as it is very popular.

Thank HampshireTrekker
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great location ,great views , had the Honest burger , sounds simple but packed with a great selection of food , very well cooked burger meet followed with a good range of tap beers . On this Saturday 9th April 2017 they were well under staffed and couldn't cope with the volume , they actually stopped taking orders which frustrated... More 

Thank Dougyr13
Longmont, Colorado
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

The Honest Lawyer is set up in the fashion of an olde roadside inn, with a pub downstairs and rooms upstairs. Very cool feel, with a huge tree trunk in the pub, stone walls and heavy wooden tables and bar. The grounds are beautiful and set on the banks of an estuary with gorgeous sunset views and plenty of outdoor... More 

Thank Bruce F
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Started off the afternoon by receiving a beer that was 3/4 of the way full. We asked for it to be topped up. Our group 8 people ordered... 6 people received their meals after 45 minutes of waiting.15 minutes later we asked if our meal was coming during this time 5 other tables received their meals. We got sick of... More 

Thank 140nardiaa
Nelson, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Waited 45mins for 2 coffees and a orange juice. Very rude front of house. Never again, very disappointing experience

Thank Worldtravellers154

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, European, British, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 23:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Point Road | Monaco, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-547 4070
The Honest Lawyer has become a Nelson icon with friendly service, a relaxing atmosphere, excellent food and unique accommodation, making it a perfect stop for locals and visitors alike.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?