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Harbour Light Bistro

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341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6685
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09:30 - 21:30
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Hours:
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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Nelson, New Zealand
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We went here as part of first table so got the 5.30pm booking. It worked out perfect as early enough that seating available right by the window so we could watch the sun set. Food beautifully presented. A little on the pricey side if paying full price but still worth it for the experience. :)

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Mapua
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Lovely bistro, nice selection of NZ wines, consistently good meals and an ever changing view. Relaxed and casual, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank Lisa D
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Our new favourite place for a special lunch. The mains were delightful. Angus so tender, hand cut chips, and excellent wine available by the glass. The view is so nice that staying for their wonderful key lime pie was a very easy decision. Will be back again very soon.

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Thank Peter D
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Have now been twice to this delightful restaurant since we moved to Nelson in August. The service is friendly and professional and the food was superb. All the dishes served to our party of 8 were thoroughly enjoyed and complimented on. Beautiful views and totally pleasant experience

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Thank paulruss72
Nelson, New Zealand
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We went there the 18th of September around 10.45, and we were the first ones there, so we got a front row seat to the water, very beautiful. However the waitress looked at us like "what do you want" when we entered the café, maybe she was new at customer service. I ordered the eggs with hollandaise which was good,... More 

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Thank MaleneDansk
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Strong contender on the waterfront. Parking is tough. We walked from our B&B. Good mains, but real masterpiece was the lime pie. Outstanding.

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Thank Dianne T
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Simply brilliant meal, service and atmosphere not to mention one of the best views in Nelson. Highly recommended Harbour Lights for that special occasion.

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Thank Kim S
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Decided to go somewhere top quality for last dinner in Nelson and stumbled across this place. Wow! The view, food and service are all incredible. Top class.

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Thank HappyBubbleSurfer
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

A wonderful view with above average food and service. We had the beef cheeks and pumpkin gnocchi which were delicious. For desert we had the sorbet, chocolate fondant and creme brûlée. No complaints and well worth a visit.

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Thank MLL386
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant located on the marina has outstanding views if you are in to things nautical. The service was very friendly and helpful. The food was completely underwhelming for what it could be and therefore over priced. The range of beer was stock standard Lion something unacceptable when Nelson and its surrounds is home to some fantastic breweries.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 26
Cuisine
Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 21:30
Saturday
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
Description
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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