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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 - 10:30 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
Good for:
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 209
    Excellent
  • 112
    Very good
  • 30
    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
Most recent review
Can't fault it!

Great food we shared two entrees, two mains and two desserts and all were delicious from the swordfish to the choc pot! Nice wine list too. Also friendly service and a nice atmosphere, even on a Wednesday night it was quite popular.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
NelsonTravelLover
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nelson
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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363 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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nelson
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great food we shared two entrees, two mains and two desserts and all were delicious from the swordfish to the choc pot! Nice wine list too. Also friendly service and a nice atmosphere, even on a Wednesday night it was quite popular.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I really enjoy Fords. The staff are personable and greet you by name once they get to know you. It's one of my favourites for lunch, love sitting in the window seat or outside in the sun. The Fords are such an amazing couple and very professional restaurateurs.

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Queenstown
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a quality restaurant with a reputation for great food. Book early to avoid disappointment as tables are limited.

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Katikati, New Zealand
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great location and is clean and comfortable. You can sit outside in the sin under umbrellas which was very pleasant. We enjoyed some yummy savoury muffins. Unfortunately the coffee was rather bitter, suspect the coffee machine wasn't cleaned that day. Otherwisevery nice cafe.

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Warmly welcomed and given a choice of tables by very pleasant and polite staff. Delicious swordfish entree and lovely prawn rarebit. Mains were delicious and good sized portions. Staff were very attentive without being intrusive. Nice relaxed environment. We will be back. Thank you.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A restaurant of two halves - downstairs modern and trendy but the larger upstairs dining area very dated and in need of a major modernisation in keeping with the image of this very good restaurant. Expensive but very good food.

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Stewarton, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had four starters for our meal. Nothing was a problem and staff very accommodating . Food excellent and would highly recommend this restaurant for a chef prepared meal.

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Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Have had other meals at this restaurant which have been great with great service, unfortunately this night was an exception. We were booked in for 6.30 pm but were welcomed in after arriving early, the restaurant was far from full at that time. Orders were taken within reasonable time and after a short delay witnessed, as it turned out, our... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We loved sitting outside eating our perfectly cooked poached eggs washed down with local coffee. Our waitress was very friendly and attentative.

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Jerusalem, Israel
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Sat for lunch with my wife. Lunch after touring the Trafalgar square and street. Pleasant road and very nice food for lunch.service is good as well. Worth looking for it

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?