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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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Invercargill, New Zealand
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A group of 7 of us were on a motorcycle tour of th he South Island and Googled TripAdvisor to see where a good place to eat would be. This place came up. Well......... staff were pleasant enough and did there job well apart from waiting for a beer for about 10 mins (then ending up with a extra one... More 

Thank Antzman
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115 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We ventured here on the basis of the Trip Advisor reviews given. It was a really pleasant surprise. The staff were great and the meals had something for the three of us (vegetarian and GF). The 200gm eye fillet steak was terrific, chicken burrito devoured and the vege lasagne also enjoyed. Deserves all the good reviews it's been getting!

Thank 23KSA
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257 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived late in Tahananui and were lucky enough to just get served before the kitchen closed. The meal was great - ribs and fish & chips. We liked it so much we came back the next night and had Tuscan steak and salmon. On both occasions the food was excellent and tasty - quite big portions though! Service on... More 

Thank Kenneth L
Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ordered ribs and we were both disappointed as they were so over baked. The meat was dry and not enough sauce on them. Very bland too.

Thank Blenheimite2015
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Dined here tonight and although was quite busy for a Monday we got great service. Spacious and well set out with inside and outside seating. Good menu choices for both good and drinks, including craft beers. We all had the fillet steak with mush rooms and potato rossti, my word it was dam good, a fantastic jus to go with... More 

Thank Karen H
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Max is the local beer go for the super picture it's much better than ordering three glasses awesome we have the gold enjoy the environment great price great Pub

Thank Ed S
New Zealand
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62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visiting Nelson on holiday. Dined here and chose the "headless chicken". Food was great, well cooked, nicely presented with good range of vegetables. Have eaten here in previous years and this was the best yet.

Thank sandl68
Brisbane, Australia
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47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Smugglers Pub and Cafe has a great atmosphere and was very busy when we arrived, might be best to book a table prior as we had to wait 20 mins. Had the large chowder which was thick, creamy and chock full of seafood. What made the chowder different was the addition of a little chilli to compliment the flavour,... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined here on my own, place was busy and staff asked if I was ok to eat on the bar side which I didn't mind due to lots of male folk in the bar that night. Staff kept checking on me that I was ok which I really appreciated and the service was so quick. I ordered a burger which... More 

Thank Jewelz72
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113 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great welcome by friendly waiter, relaxed outside seating and some good food and wine recommendations. The Ned Pinot Gris was delicious. The place was buzzing with activity and clearly popular with locals as well as travellers. Good for families, groups, or a quiet dinner for two.

Thank Helen B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining
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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