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Harbour Light Bistro

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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“beef cheeks” (10 reviews)
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We came here for dinner, on the recommendation of our hotel. The restaurant was nicely done inside and we had a lovely spot by the window with views overlooking the harbour. The food was good, but unfortunately the experience was let down by the service,...More

Thank RDLO1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had booked this for a work team dinner. We all had heard so much about this restaurant but it sadly was disappointing. Although the food was 3/5 stars (dry lamb and boring empanadas), the worst part was the service. The staff was not attentive...More

Thank Reviewallthethings
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meals which were tasty and well presented, the good service and the overall experience which was a pleasant one.

Thank Q6995YRwilliamb
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Dinner - one of the best meals in ages . Seafood bouillabaisse ( they called it something else) best ever Stunning food, stunning venue , excellent service - my rave about experience in Nelson is this place . Thanks for a super night out

Thank Anita6722
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We had a nice dinner here. My husband reserved a table via internet and requested for a table by the front window. We had a nice view but you must go there around 6pm to enjoy the view. Or else, it will be too dark...More

Thank Nutharin
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We chose the three courses for $35 option. Pumpkin & Turmeric soup for both. Fish,(snapper) of the day for her. Fettuccini for me. Chocolate dessert for her. Sorbet for me. Great value, excellent food & service.

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 5 April 2018

Ate there twice during our stay in Nelson. Service was excellent both nights and food was very good. Only very minor disappointment was that the fish of the day was the same both nights we were there but certainly there were other good menu options....More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 30 March 2018

We went here on a recent Saturday night, and were pleased to be seated in the downstairs window overlooking the road and Nelson Haven beyond. We started with some beef and fish empanadas, which were very tasty and delicious, Two of our party had the...More

Thank Doublenaff
Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Managed to get a last minute table on a Saturday night. What a sensational meal! So hard to choose as the mains all sounded delish. Can highly recommend the beef fillet and the beef cheek - both excellent. Pork terrine to start with was moist,...More

Thank 4xWandering_Kiwis
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

We had one of the lunch set menus, which included the fish of the day and ravioli, although we had to wait at times regarding service and food, everything was faultless and delicious, we really enjoyed our meal and would love to come back

Thank Nyllay
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Jenny W
20 July 2016|
Response from Jessica_Coyne |
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$7 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
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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