Top 10 restaurants in Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand

January 15, 2018 Roger Rusk

Discover the best restaurant in Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand including Harbour Light Bistro, The Indian Cafe, Hopgoods, Jester House cafe, Melrose House Cafe, Fat Tui, Riverside Cafe, Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe, East Street Vegetarian Cafe and Bar, The Cow Shed Restaurant
Things to do in Nelson-Tasman Region

1. Harbour Light Bistro

341 Wakefield Quay, Nelson 7010, New Zealand Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$204 +64 3-546 6685
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 510 reviews

Harbour Light Bistro

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.

Reviewed By danjonelson - Nelson, New Zealand

This restaurant has it all, stunning location looking straight out the harbour, with the big ships coming in. Food is tasty, fresh and perfectly cooked.
Not a huge menu to choose from, but there is something for everyone, even the fussy eaters.
Service is good, with great attention to detail.

2. The Indian Cafe

94 Collingwood Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand Highchairs Available, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$173 +64 3-548 4089
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 669 reviews

The Indian Cafe

Come and visit us for the most authentic taste of Indian cuisine !! Situated right in the heart of the Nelson CBD, our warm and homely surroundings will add to your whole dining experience.

Reviewed By Georgina C - Melbourne, Australia

Fantastic Indian restaurant in Nelson. The restaurant itself is lovely with outdoor Seating around a garden and lights. We had the banquet which was delicious and far too much food for the reasonable price! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and food and would highly recommend...MoreWe are really delighted that your experience with us was enjoyable and we really appreciate your positive feedback. The Indian Cafe family is thankful to you.

3. Hopgoods

284 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$110 - HK$204 +64 3-545 7191
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Hopgoods

Good honest local cuisine, served in a casual environment.

Reviewed By Arden O - Eugene, Oregon

We are leaving today after 15 fabulous dinners in New Zealand. This was clearly the best on the South Island, exceeded in our estimation only by Food on Waiheke. The venison was flawlessly prepared and included delightful taste surprises. The scallops similarly were exquisite. The chocolate desserts rounded it out nicely.
There is a reason these guys are atop the ratings in Nelson. They should be regionally and nationally as well.

4. Jester House cafe

320 Aporo Road | Tasman, Tasman, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe, European, New Zealand, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$71 - HK$149 +64 3-526 6742
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

Jester House cafe

Reviewed By Bob and Di H - Nelson

Visiting this place continues to be something special. With its quirky features one wonders what next?. A visual surprise such as a toaster carved out of a tree stump complete with its levers and a slice of toast greets visitors on arrival. There are similar quirky devices to amuse children too, not to forget the tame eels.
However the realism is the amazing and ongoing hospitality offered together with the array of outdoor dining choices. And a feature of superb local produce truly served to perfection. This writer remains in awe as to where such amazing and delightful staff are found. No matter how busy they are the service is always there with a smile. We do love visiting this place it's always such a joy.

5. Melrose House Cafe

26 Brougham Street | very top of Trafalgar Street!, Nelson 7010, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-548 9179
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 379 reviews

Melrose House Cafe

Reviewed By karenjG2649DT - Nelson, New Zealand

Prior to seeing our friends off, we had lunch at Melrose. As ever, excellent food and friendly service. Very nice place to enjoy a relaxed lunch in the sun.

6. Fat Tui

Rd 2, Marahau, New Zealand Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +64 3-527 8420
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 331 reviews

Fat Tui

Huge, amazing, Gourmet burgers

Reviewed By pasweet - dayton, oh

This place is renowned for its burgers although it also has fish and chips. The toppings are unique and include beets cabbage pineapple There are lamb burgers chicken burgers mussel burgers. They are stuffed with items which make it hard to eat with your hands. Given the limited choices for food here this is a welcome choice for a casual outdoor dining experience.

7. Riverside Cafe

289 Inland Moutere Highway, Motueka 7175, New Zealand Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$55 - HK$196 +64 3-526 7447
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Riverside Cafe

Winner of Wild Tomato magazine's best regional rural restaurant 2010 and recommended by both North and South and Cuisine magazines, Riverside Cafe is an integral part of the historic Riverside Community (est.1941). We serve fantastic fair-trade coffee, and a delicious selection of home made cakes, slices and our amazing brioche, with gluten free options always on offer. Our seasonal menu includes local produce,free range meats and eggs, plus superb wines from the plethora of vineyards in the Moutere area. You can dine al fresco in our lovely garden or on our sheltered deck area, or grab a table inside the historic cafe (built 1860) and be inspired by the local art which adorns the walls! A unique and wonderful cafe, offering a very warm welcome. We are open 7 days a week from 8.30 To 4pm, plus open for dinner on Friday evenings. Bookings are recommended!

Reviewed By ohiowanderer - Columbus OH

We drove out to the Riverside Cafe for lunch. The parking lot was full but after a short wait, we got a parking spot. The cafe is in an old house with lawns and Gardens. The staff were pleasant, but not overly friendly. We chose food from the cabinet, salads and quiche. The salads were very tasty. I'd definitely go back.

8. Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe

42 Eggers Road, Upper Moutere, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards New Zealand, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Brunch HK$39 - HK$196 +64 3-543 2288
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Moutere Hills Vineyard & Cafe

Moutere Hills is a boutique, family owned vineyard, restaurant and winery set in the picturesque Upper Moutere in the South Island of New Zealand. The restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked away in a private rural setting 2km from the Moutere Highway. There is an extensive dine-in menu and a range of stunning Moutere Hills wines, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Riesling. Locally made beer (currently Founders, Dales and Golden Bear) is also available on tap.

Reviewed By LesCheshire - Cheshire

We sat outside in the shade on a hot summer’s day in an attractive rural setting and enjoyed excellent food and wine. The service was good, the staff friendly and the vineyard owner personally conducted the complimentary wine tasting which is available to diners.
We shared a platter which was enough for the two of us and the ingredients were of high quality. The home-smoked fish was particularly delicious. For those with bigger appetites, other customers’ meals looked sizeable and were attractively presented.
This is as good a winery cafe as I have visited and more personal than larger scale wineries such as the Mission Estate in Napier which is one of my favourites.

9. East Street Vegetarian Cafe and Bar

8 Church Street | City Central, Nelson 7010, New Zealand Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Cafe, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$47 - HK$228 +64 3-970 0575
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 282 reviews

East Street Vegetarian Cafe and Bar

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Well done to Vic and crew for providing this excellent space for Nelson! We dropped in for breakfast on our way home to Chch and were stoked with everything we ate and drank here..we got the pita pockets with chilli halloumi, tropical summer hash and a side of chunks and miso gravy..no pics of these as too busy stuffing faces..all had beautiful presentation and wonderful flavour building tastes..lovely staff too and the best coffee we have had all holiday..would love to come for a gig sometime as it looks like an awesome spot to party..definitely check it out if you are in Nelson, absolutely everyone would find this delicious fare, vegetarian or not.

10. The Cow Shed Restaurant

37 Waller Street | Murchison, Murchison 7007, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$31 - HK$173 +64 3-523 9523
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 112 reviews

The Cow Shed Restaurant

The Cow Shed Restaurant is currently closed for renovation! <br>Re-opening in the Spring

Reviewed By Lynne D

Well, actually there are two eateries in town for dinner, but this family run restaurant is a real find.Delicious pizzas and salads served by very friendly staff.Not licensed, so if you prefer something alcoholic, you are welcome to go over the road to the supermarket to obtain your supplies.

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