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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

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$$$
Contemporary
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 5469400
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Today
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 216
    Excellent
  • 128
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently good

We ate on four consecutive visits either side of tramping the Travers Sabine then the Heaphy. The fact we went back says it all but special mention of the calamari entree, the signature main eye fillet and the best brûlée we've ever had - and we eat out not infrequently both in Nz and abroad... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
Timww
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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389 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We ate on four consecutive visits either side of tramping the Travers Sabine then the Heaphy. The fact we went back says it all but special mention of the calamari entree, the signature main eye fillet and the best brûlée we've ever had - and we eat out not infrequently both in Nz and abroad. Delightful unpretentious service -

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Thank you for a lovely evening, loved the food, wine and service. Fords is centrally located, intimate and relaxing, perfect for couples and groups. The food is of a high standard, we were welcomed by Nick with a warm smile and felt relaxed right away. 10/10 we will be back.

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Wellington
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Excellent coffee. Lovely presented breakfast. Very tasty. Lovely setting. A bit slow with service but worth the wait

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Entree, main and service were ok...but the salted caramel creme brûlée - (who doesn't judge a resturant by their dessert menu?) make this place a must do when in Nelson.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Up market restaurant bar in centre of Nelson, the service was exceptional, friendly and helpful ......Daisy couldn't have done more...The menu had a nice selection of dishes..but they are on the pricier side, good wine list...a really nice touch was a basket of blankets, provided for and allowing guests to sit out side comfortably.

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Bern, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Food was nice, tasted well and was presented pretty - a highlight, no doubt... The setting was Ok, lacked a bit of charm and attention to detail. The service must improve, slow mixed the order and Ford's hired probably the only french staff member that does not speak french. weird...

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Fordnelson, Owner at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed our food, we do work really hard to produce the best product every time. I'm sorry you didn't have a very good experience with our French waitress. We've only hired one staff member from France this year and within a few weeks had to let her go as her English just wasn't good enough to... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Just had dinner in this restaurant with a couple of friends. I had the beef and asked for the béarnaise sauce to be on side but it did come on the steak - the potatoes were not cooked through; i tried to eat it but couldn't make it through. When I mentioned this to the waiter, he barely apologised and... More 

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Fordnelson, Owner at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

As owner I am so sorry you found your experience at FORD’S to be so poor. I have discussed your table with the waitress who took your order and she doesn’t recall at all you asking for the sauce on the side which is why the kitchen wasn’t instructed to do that. This is a common request and we have... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Service was good and fast (after mentioning we were headed to the airport to catch a flight). We wanted the tapas menu, which normally isn't available till 3pm ... the kitchen confirmed that they could offer it earlier. Ordered 5 items, and they were all tasty. Given the portion sizes and the pricing .... I would recommend ordering a number... More 

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North Tustin, CA
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Got in a little early for dinner (6:00 pm). We were the first in the restaurant so they were still getting set which was not a problem. Food was good. The risotto was excellent as was the fresh snapper. Lamb was very good. The service was friendly and efficient. They switched servers part way through the the meal (restaurant got... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

just amazing - we had the mussels, fish and pasta and they were all delicious. the meals were hearty and very well cooked. the staff were all lovely and the environment was great

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: 03 5469400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 34
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?