Where to Eat in Tasman: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 18, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Discover the best restaurant in Tasman, New Zealand including The Smokehouse, Jester House cafe, Golden Bear Brewing Company, Chokdee Thai Cuisine, Riverside Cafe, Elevation Cafe Restaurant Bar, Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar, Kahurangi Estate, Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe, Patisserie Royale
Things to do in Tasman

1. The Smokehouse

6 Aranui Road, Mapua, New Zealand Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Fast Food, New Zealand Lunch, Dinner +64 3-540 2280
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

The Smokehouse

Takeaways & Deli on the historic Mapua Wharf. Our onsite takeaways are a Nelson favorite. Come and savour our delicious fish and chips while relaxing on the wharf where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Waimea Estuary. Or grab a cool drink from the local craft brewery where an easy going band is often playing in the courtyard. Additionally our onsite Deli showcases all our Smoked Salmon, Fish, Mussels and Pate. The Smokehouse experience is based on the concept of delicately hot smoking local seafood, using traditional brick kilns and natural manuka shavings. The whole process is overseen by our experienced smokers in a true balance of art and science. 100% Natural 100% Preservative Free

Reviewed By Daniel K

Partner was ordering pizza across the road at the wine bar and I was told we were allowed to eat fish and chips out front of the bar. Ordered a piece of snapper and half chips. Got three fillets of fish and too many chips to eat. Only negative is paying for the sauce.

2. 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.

3. Golden Bear Brewing Company

12 Aranui Road, Mapua 7005, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Bar, Pub Drinks
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Golden Bear Brewing Company

Reviewed By hlmackenzie - London, United Kingdom

I stopped off here half way through my ride on the Great Taste Trail. They only serve their own brewed beers and cider and offer a menu of mexican food and the standard burgers. I had a chicken burrito, which was delicious and a pint of the house lager. It was reasonably priced and served relatively quickly. I had a table outside in the partial shade and left just as the live music was starting. It's a busy place with a great ambiance, one of the more informal places on the Wharf.

4. Chokdee Thai Cuisine

109 High Street, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +64 3-528 0318
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Chokdee Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By Tracey650 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Chokdee is a Thai restaurant on the Main Street of Motueka. It’s simply an excellent Thai restaurant. The food is fresh, tasty, and very flavoursome. Everyone enjoyed what they ate. We sadly did not try the fresh Thai rolls that looked incredible when delivered to other tables.
The staff are friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable and not overly pretentious. It was also busy for mid week night which is usually a recommendation in itself.

5. 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.

6. Elevation Cafe Restaurant Bar

218 High Street | Tasman, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks HK$31 - HK$228 +64 3-528 6103
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 203 reviews

Elevation Cafe Restaurant Bar

Onsite prepared food using local ingredients.Steak and Locally caught fresh seafood a specialty All baking done onsite including pizza bases cakes and Deserts.Casual and friendly serving good value Wholesome food. Food made with love not manufactured by machine!

Reviewed By dmrxox - stonington ct

Don't be put off by the ambience.....the food and service was terrific and the prices very reasonable. We had fabulous braised lamb shanks with cauliflower mash and pan sautéed snapper...very fresh and cooked perfectly; with roasted fresh vegetables..
We had wine and an espresso. The server was very sweet and took good care of us.. We highly recommended this restaurant if you enjoy well prepared good fresh food, nothing fancy just a simple carefully prepared meal

7. Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar

Mapua Wharf | Shed 1, Mapua, New Zealand Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Cafe, Seafood, European, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +64 3-540 2028
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 581 reviews

Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By Louise B - Wellington, New Zealand

The restaurant is very large - a bit barn like - but does have outside Seating. The food was very good but my lamb needed extra potatoes or such like. The fish was very good and more of a 'full meal'. Desserts were delicious but smaller than The Apple Shed's.

8. Kahurangi Estate

Sunrise Road | Rd 1, Upper Moutere, Mapua 7173, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff Wine Bar, Italian, Pizza Lunch +64 3-543 2983
Excellent
54%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Kahurangi Estate

Reviewed By Teale S - Brisbane, Australia

While most vineyards were closed over the winter months, we where delighted to find this estate open for tasting. Friendly hospitality & a great knowledge of their wines. We also tasted the Portuguese Ports which were amazing! We have some lovely reds & fantastic ports to join our collection back home.

9. Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe

5087 Motueka Valley Highway, Tasman, Mapua, New Zealand Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, New Zealand Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner +64 3-522 4440
Excellent
31%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Kohatu Flat Rock Cafe

Reviewed By utripmeup - London, UK

We stopped here for a break going between Christchurch and Nelson/Motueka. The cafe sits at the intersection of both roads which lead to Motueka or Nelson and the road from Lewis Pass.
It's not as crowded as Murchison and is about an 50 minutes to Nelson/Motueka. No trucks stop here. Plus we found the cafes in Murchison average.
Coffee was good and the biscuit/slices very tasty.
Toilets are modern and clean.
Ample car parking behind the cafe.

10. Patisserie Royale

152 High Street | Port Motueka, New Zealand, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, European, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +64 3-528 7200
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Patisserie Royale

Reviewed By Herbie15

Have had good experiences in the past and this was recommended. On the whole very good, coffee and cheese roll were great as were the friendly staff. The croissant was sought and bland on the inside and stopped them getting a perfect score. Only bad thing out of many visits. Thanks

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