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Smugglers Pub and Cafe

$$ - $$$, European,
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4084
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (52 reviews)
“steak” (32 reviews)
“fish tacos” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
8 Muritai Street | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 539 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I highly recommend smugglers to all travellers, business people just plonk yourself down they'll come to you, if your glass is low they'll top it up. Great for families, food is always great. I travel to Nelson every 6 weeks, this restaurant is always on...More

Thank Cherie N
Reviewed 3 days ago

We received excellent service from two lovely smiling young women, for whom nothing seemed a problem. The menu was excellent and fit the atmosphere of the restaurant, with great names like “Hellspite seafood chowder, Headless chicken, etc. The food was very quickly served and beautifully...More

Thank Keith D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Hubby and I went for a meal here recently for dinner. We have thought about going to Smugglers as had always been quite intrigued by it driving past there etc. We decided to bite the bullet and come in for a meal. The atmosphere firstly...More

Thank Gemma R
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We pride ourselves on great food and customer service and are sorry to receive this review. Whist we appreciate your feedback we are disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy your steak meal or the service...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is one of Nelsons places for taking visiting friends or just going with one person staff always go that xtra mile to make your visit a pleasure ,i had the fish and chips washed down with a pint of Stella The salad had...More

Thank stonepilot81
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us and provide such great feedback. Sounds like you enjoyed everything, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had Sunday lunch there last weekend. My friend and I both had the fish meal, battered and were both bitterly disappointed. The fish was not fresh and had a heavy batter. Salad was a few leaves and like a little coleslaw in the middle. Chips...More

Thank 741julie
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We are very surprised to hear that you did not enjoy one of our best selling meals as we take great care to produce great food using fresh quality ingredients. As part of our commitment to excellent...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place with good atmosphere and fun staff. It was Easter Sunday and the place was rocking just managed to get a table before it got really busy. I had the ribs and went large which was a mistake it should have said massive on...More

Thank Martin G
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with my partner and his family over Easter weekend and was not disappoint! The meals were huge and of good quality, and the prices are really reasonable. I’ll definitely come back on my next visit to Nelson!

Thank Samarah007
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us, we appreciate this great feedback. Please drop in next time you visit sunny Nelson.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed nearby at the Tuscany Gardens Motel so walked down for dinner. Excellent welcome from the main host with very nice meals. Overall service was good, no issues - would certainly eat here again.

Thank GizzyBoy
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your services and meals and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little spot for a hearty feed and a good selection of beers. The only venue in Tahunanui with Guiness on tap, great. Extensive menu with plenty of choice and great options for kids. It won't win any Michelin stars, but good grub that will...More

Thank MoanaNZSUP
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou for taking the time to review us. Appreciate the great feedback and glad to hear you enjoyed your time here at Smugglers.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here twice during our three night stay as the food was delicious and the eating options are plenty. I honestly think my Eye fillet I had on day 2 was one of the best I have ever had.

Thank mikejones365
Ted S, Manager at Smugglers Pub and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow thanks for such a fanastic review, we are happy to hear about your Eye Fillet experience.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
Description
SUPREME WINNER TOP SHOP 2014 and WINNER FOOD, BEVERAGE & HOSPITALITY CATEGORY - NELSON 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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