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Hopgoods

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284 Trafalgar St, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-545 7191
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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    Very good
  • 20
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  • 7
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
awesome

we were up in sunny Nelson last week and had a beautiful meal at Hopgood's last Tuesday. We both had the fish of the day which was snapper. Tender and delicious. we decided to have all 3 of the vegetable side dishes to share between us. This was accompanied by a Neudorf Sauv blanc which suited it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Jarmers
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Geraldine, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Geraldine, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

we were up in sunny Nelson last week and had a beautiful meal at Hopgood's last Tuesday. We both had the fish of the day which was snapper. Tender and delicious. we decided to have all 3 of the vegetable side dishes to share between us. This was accompanied by a Neudorf Sauv blanc which suited it beautifully. For dessert... More 

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Kirkby Lonsdale
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47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Booked this 6 months ago for our 25th wedding anniversary meal and it did not disappoint. Went straight to mains and which I had a fantastic piece of beer steak my wife had snapper. The food is very simple with a few extra bits thrown in which take it to a different level. The puddings continued the quality and all... More 

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I ate here a week ago and the food was delicious. The fresh snapper was perfectly cooked, seasoned and came with delicious vegetables and potatoes. The fried cauliflower dish was also incredible. They have outdoor seating for folks that failed on their reservation attempts, so make sure you book ahead of time. The outdoor seating wasn't bad, but can be... More 

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Asia
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160 reviews 160 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Seriously -- if this is the top rated restaurant in Nelson then surely McDonalds and KFC make the top 10. Suffice to say that the presentation of the dishes we ordered was wonderful but were lacking in flavour --- shall we say 'bland'. And the prices, with mains generally approaching NZD40 were not amusing. We did enjoy a couple of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

best dining experience so far after 4 weeks in New Zealand. Ate here twice during 10 days in Nelson. Both times perfect. Loved the crispy garlic prawn starter and the lamb rump was the best we have tasted in New Zealand which is saying something

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Excellent flavor combinations. Really enjoyed the beef carpaccio appetizer and lamb rump in particular. Potions were a good size and the lovely wait staff split our shared plates into separate dishes. Definitely deserves its ranking as best restaurant in Nelson. Tried the other highly rated ones and this was by far the best!

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Auckland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Love this place and always go when in Nelson but this last visit after 3 years was such a big change. Every item on the menu seemed to be deep fried, even the vegetable sides. Must be the fashion I suppose but seems a bit lazy to me - desserts still good

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Cheshire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Our annual trip to Nelson would not be complete without a visit to Hopgoods. It is as good as last year with friendly, informal yet professional service and excellent food. This is a small restaurant which doesn't overstretch itself by offering too many menu choices so I would recommend checking out the menu in advance. My only criticism is the... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Was really pleased with the level of experience at Hopgoods. From the beautiful and thoughtful food, to the discussion about New Zealand wines on offer, to the music, this was a delightful evening. The best meal we had during a week's stay in NZ

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Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is by far the best restaurant that we have tried in Nelson. The quality of food is outstanding, the fresh ingredients are apparent and the unique combinations are superb. The prices reflect the quality of the food, however relative to a good US restaurant they are not out of line. Two of us, with two drinks and two mains... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 284 Trafalgar St, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-545 7191

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 27

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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