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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
03 5469400
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Ranked #6 of 132 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $34
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
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We were shopping and on our way to out hotel we stopped in to have a drink and we were surprised how fabulous this place was! Great drinks, friendly staff! We would come back for-sure and recommend to friends! Don't miss out.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Had a great meal here, on a balmy Friday evening seated outdoors street side. The service was really good, attentive, prompt and friendly We considered the food to be innovative in presentation, excellent quality, tasty and good value. A good wine list. A no fuss, no pretensions, damn fine place to eat and drink. I'll be going there again and... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Popped in on Boxing Day 2014. The town was super busy & not all cafe's etc were open. Ordered the seafood chowder. I was with my sister & we both thought the soup was really yummy! Would go back again when visiting Nelson.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our dinner at Ford's, but were not wow'ed. The dishes are very classic Kiwi style, there is nothing inventive about them. Service was good, but not amazing. Beer selection is poor for a Nelson restaurant (hardly any craft beers), wine selection decent. We tried both Hopgoods and Ford's during our trip, and would choose Hopghoods over Ford's next... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My Partner and i went to Fords for a a Lunch, he had a good smoked salmon salade good cooked and i the green lipp mussels, mmmhhhh that was so yummy, the sauce was very good, spicy but not too much... Will recommend it.

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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Went to Fords for our wedding anniversary and must say was incredibly disappointed with our meal. Entrees were to say the least average and the main a disaster. The medium rare steak was blue when it came out and half gristle was cut in half like it had been checked however it was taken away and thrown back in the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

we were lucky to take the recommendation of previous reviews and visit Fords on our recent trip to NZ. three of the party were so inspired by the selection of starters that they had two each and we all shared. the food was brilliant and we were helped along by an amazing waitress who hailed from Russia, but had lived... More 

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We had a casual breakfast. The food was great and so was the service. The only thing we noticed was that it was kind of plain with no real decorations or anything to give it a warmer feel but then again, we were there to eat!

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Perth, Western Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We were told that this restaurant is usually booked up so we took a chance on our first night in Nelson. At first we were advised that they were booked but we were given the option of either eat at the bar or have a drink and wait for a seat. We decided to wait and were lucky to get... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The team @ Fords were friendly, helpful and provided outstanding service over the busy Xmas/New Year break. The food is good, will fill a hungry belly perfectly adequately, but don't expect gourmet as other reviewers seem to have - that is not what Fords is about. It's basic kiwi fare.

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Additional Information about FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

Address: 276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 5469400
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
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
Average Prices: USD 24 - 34
Cuisine: Contemporary

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