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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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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

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Visitor rating
  • 211
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Good food

We went for an early supper and that might account for the slight lack of atmosphere, there was a sort of feeling that there was something else going on that we weren't party to. However, the food was excellent. Oysters served natural and then a lovely Groper dish all washed down with a local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Francis d
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
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English first
Northampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We went for an early supper and that might account for the slight lack of atmosphere, there was a sort of feeling that there was something else going on that we weren't party to. However, the food was excellent. Oysters served natural and then a lovely Groper dish all washed down with a local Sauvignon Blanc - excellent.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We found the food on the night rather disappointing, despite the experience others are having. The calamari entree was chewy - never a good sign of the skill in the kitchen. The lamb main was just not what I'd expect from a restaurant in this price bracket. It resembled more a roast than lamb a la carte. The dairy on... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Very nice spot for breakfast. Good coffee, excellent omelette, and great service. I highly recommend them.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic place !! The atmosphere the staff and the food all I give 5 stars.. The service was quick but unhurried, I ordered the pork belly but was a little disappointed that it was not crackling but soft when asked if everything was okay I mentioned this and no bother at all no embarrassment it was whisked away... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited here as a business group of 5. We were promptly shown to our table. There were some language issues as one of the waiting staff didn't seem to understand what we were asking for (it's likely English wasn't her first language, or our accent was hard for her to understand). However, we got there in the end. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went to Ford's for lunch. Great location in Nelson to sit outside. We were so entertained by the talented people playing the public piano outside Nelson museum. I had the lamb and panzanella salad. My husband had the green lipped mussels. The salad was ok but the mussels were way better. The broth in the mussels was so delicious... More 

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Wellsford, New Zealand
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Went to Fords for breakfast while staying in Nelson. Friendly greeting and shown to table promptly. Good selection of food. Chose the Ford Breakfast which was probably the best "full English" breakfast I've had outside UK!! Nice cup of Earl Grey tea , may have been their own blend. Highly recommend Fords (at least for breakfast) if you are in... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Nice spot in centre of town for brunch, muesli was beautiful! Lovely coffee. Service was very good, couldn't be faulted. Would be interested to try it out for dinner on our next trip!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

been to Fords twice in last 2 months. Both times had the signature dish of fillet steak with the crayfish and crab croquette. Yum wish they had just a dish of those. Steak was perfectly cooked and perfect size meal for me. Wait staff both times good and very pleasant would certainly go back

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Sydney, Australia
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169 reviews 169 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We had lunch here and really enjoyed the food. We had the salmon nicoise and the fish special of the day.Both dishes were delicious. Service was efficient and the restaurant has a nice ambience.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?