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Harbour Light Bistro

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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
09:30 - 21:30
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Tue 11:30 - 21:30
Wed 11:30 - 21:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 21:30
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband enjoyed his steak while I very much enjoyed the fish dishes. The helpings were enormous and I only managed half, the second time I asked for a smaller helping and was charged accordingly ! The view out over the harbour is interesting.

Thank anne182015
North Richland Hills, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our party of 3 arrived without a reservation but were seated promptly at a table upstairs with a great view! Th server was excellent and always had a smile. The Oysters we had as starters were great! Our Main dishes were great! Dessert was great! I have not one negative thing to say about this place! I highly recommend it!

Thank stevewilhite
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited for lunch. Usually have the Jamaican Pork but if they have fish on the menu you can't resist it. We both chose fish and it was sublime. Cooked with the skin on it's the best. Shared a Key lime pie desert. The best in town.

Thank Neil C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This a great little bistro. The menu although not extensive has got something for most tastes. The meal presentation was inventive and the taste combinations were great. The harbour view was ever changing and interesting and the waiters were knowledgable and not intrusive. Suggest the local wines to compliment the meals.

Thank Gregkaren123
Tauranga, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What an awesome find. Upstairs the space belies the compact look from the road. The staff were awesome, efficient ordering systems...we arrived and had the last table available...it was so good, we took elderly relatives back 2!days later for lunch downstairs. A treat, this place..

Thank dipage53
Vancouver, Canada
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Flying out tomorrow so decided to go somewhere special gorgeous dinner .not disappointed with Harbour Light. Great menu, not a lot, but there would be something for everyone. Local wines.FABULOUS desserts...a night to verify remembered

Thank babs565
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this restaurant! Quaint with ambiance upstairs. Lovely view of the harbor. Pleasant service. We ate there twice. Tables were not too close together like some other local restaurants.

Thank Dawn Leilani L
Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As Friday night is busy we booked earlier in the week. While we had to wait 15 minutes for our table we were eventually shown to the number one table with a spectacular view of the harbour entrance. The bread and dips were pretty standard but the Angus fillet was excellent and the Lamb Rump was to die for, both... More 

Thank Harold M
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to be able to dine with our friends at Harbour Light Bistro without a reservation on a Wednesday evening. The mains we had were top notch! Friendly environment, splendid views at the harbour entrance, watching the ships sail by, great wine list and my favourite beer on tap. What more could we have asked for? Thank you... More 

Thank gertjoyce
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I just finished a 2 week trip in New Zealand. This restaurant was the most amazing meal of our trip. We tried several high end restaurants in Queenstown and also on the North Island. The smoked salmon appetizer was probably the best plate we sampled the entire trip. Service was top notch. Very friendly and informative waitstaff.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$27
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?