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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
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 195
    Excellent
  • 106
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Most recent review
Wow factor food

We were a large group (12) which can be a problem getting meals co-ordinated but Foords managed it well. My meal, Twice Cooked Pork Belly, was melt-in-the-mouth good. All members of the group praised their meals. Service was good. I would be happy to return.,

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Jean S
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were a large group (12) which can be a problem getting meals co-ordinated but Foords managed it well. My meal, Twice Cooked Pork Belly, was melt-in-the-mouth good. All members of the group praised their meals. Service was good. I would be happy to return.,

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

Average in most respects. Enjoyed it but it didn't stand out. Nice atmosphere. Hit and miss service. Food ok, but nothing special.

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

Very much enjoyed the green lip mussels as an appetizer - the broth was so good and we loved the hot baguette to soak it up with. But the mains we ordered - lamb rump and angus beef fillet- were a bit under seasoned. For the price, enjoyed some of the other options in town better.

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

One of Nelson's better restaurants. Consistently good food, great service and fantastic location on a good day if you can sit outside. The food was exactly as described, well presented and delicious. Medium-high prices but good value. Really great atmosphere. Recommended.

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Melbourne, Australia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We booked here for dinner on New Year's Eve, so it was a very busy night, but the service was great and we were not made to feel rushed or were kept waiting. I made the booking from Australia some months ahead, and they were very prompt responding and accommodating dietary requirements. The menu offered plenty of interesting choices to... More 

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Clairac, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

For my wife an I Friday night is steak night. We went to Fords on the basis of local referrals. We were delighted with our choice. We were given a table upstairs with a fine view of the rest of the restaurant and the world passing by the door. Mussels and chicken liver parfait to start, excellent. The house signature... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We ate here on two occasions. An excellent lunch from a good varied menu. We returned on a busy evening and they accommodated us for an excellent dessert and coffee.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We came across this restaurant by chance as we were looking for somewhere to have our Sunday lunch.It was a nice sunny afternoon and there was a free outside table for 2 so we took it.The chicken noodle salad was lovely,service was reasonably quick and the waitress from Ireland was very pleasant so all in all a good choice.

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Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The service here was really slow despite having what seemed like the right amount of staff - perhaps the problem was in the kitchen. We waited around 40 minutes for fruit and yoghurt and bacon and eggs without explanation of the delay. At least the coffee was nice and didn't take ages to arrive.

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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We have just returned from a extended holiday in NZ, when we were in Nelson Ford's is definitely a must visit. The service, food and general buzz around the restaurant is great! We went for breakfast, dinner, cocktails and the odd coffee and could not fault anything. Try some tapas the Bitterballen is awesome!!

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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, Outdoor seating, 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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