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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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“key lime pie” (10 reviews)
“peri peri” (5 reviews)
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Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

$35.50 for a risotto (nice, with goat cheese) and half a bland spring chicken on top? Presentation was very average, no colour on the plate. Risotto looked like grey porridge.Being a seasoned, well traveled and successful hospo professional I often wonder why be so pretentious?...More

Thank Henk L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I went for a romantic dinner on 24/09/2017. Our request for the best seat was considered - overlooking the ocean and was able to enjoy the sunset while having our beautiful meals. We had 5 course meal and can't stop raving about...More

Thank Romit S
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went here for our anniversary and wow. Best dinner we have had for a long long time. I recommend the soft shell crab best main I reckon I ever had. Also I had pork belly. Very very tasty. Pant wetting..

Thank buxdelux
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Best meal I've had in a long time. Started with the fish empanadas which were hot and delicious with a jalapeño dressing. Mains were beef cheeks and lamp rump, both cooked perfectly, tender and well seasoned. Desert was the lime pie, this was also so...More

Thank gabrielleclark121212
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Purchased a voucher online and so glad we did we had an amazing meal. Breads for starters and we both had fillet of beef and a bowl truffle fries and a bowl of greens. I don't normally eat Brussel sprouts but these were really good....More

Thank carefreekiwi
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I recently booked a table for a celebratory meal and, once again, were completely wowwed by the food, service and ambience here.Diners ranged from couples to families and groups of young adults and all enjoyed the delicious menu.We left feeling full, not...More

Thank melanie s
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Found the service efficient enough and food fresh and well cooked.Nice atmosphere too. Would suggest at $35 a main course that the FOD be something special at least for dinner and keep the Gurnard for the lunch menu.

Thank Lyn M
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Back at Harbour Light again. Compliments to the chef - the food is always excellent! This time we particularly loved the key lime pie! But honestly, anything we have ever ordered in this restaurant was outstanding. Unfortunately the service (while friendly) was a little slow...More

Thank Theorchardist
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

My god This place never disappoints us! Nibbles, mulled wine and good company Steve the owner is amazing.... he looked after us all evening The empanada are a must!!!!

Thank foodiesandwine
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We had the fish and chips for lunch as we wanted a lighter easy meal in the evening. It was delicious and we would return to this place again. We sat in the window and the views were amazing. Thank you for a lovely lunch....More

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Jenny W
20 July 2016|
Response from Chipmunkie |
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$14 - US$27
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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