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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 - 10:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner at Fords

Wonderful meal at fords this evening. Kerry and the staff were amazing and the food. Absolutely 2nd to none. One of the best meals in NZ this holiday. Steve and Helen. Sydney Aust

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wonderful meal at fords this evening. Kerry and the staff were amazing and the food. Absolutely 2nd to none. One of the best meals in NZ this holiday. Steve and Helen. Sydney Aust

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I went to Ford's on Saturday night with my husband to celebrate my birthday. We received a friendly greeting as we arrived. The restaurant was not warm enough. We were cold all evening. Our starter was a Drambuie chicken liver parfait. It was pleasant but unremarkable. We were sharing this and were a little perturbed when the table beside us... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A first visit and all the reviews were correct. The food is amazing, every dish was special. The wait staff were excellent, attentive, friendly and knowledgable. We look forward to our next meal here.

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Taumarunui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

For a starter I had a Goat Cheese & cherry tomato tart with a small salad. Very good, but my dinner partner had seafood chowder, wow...one of the best seafood chowders I have had. Seafood was cooked beautifully (included clams, yum!) & sauce complemented it nicely. For a main I had confit duck leg set on top of braised cabbage... More 

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I had had a long day working in this city and was after a pleasant place to unwind with some quiet reading while enjoying a nice meal and wine. This place was inviting on a cold night and I got a peaceful table in the corner. The menu had some lovely meals and I had a reasonable wait for my... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

classic cuisine done brilliantly. Coffee good. I try to go when in Nelson. Breakfast is my favourite. Service friendly and Google!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

We had a nice evening at fords and loved our starter and the service but we were both disappointed with our main courses - mine was a little cold and we both found the meat a bit tough. For the money we were disappointed.

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Dropped into Ford's for an evening bite after a pretty long days so we were really just after a main course and squeeze in a dessert if lucky... The place was cool and chilled, staff were really friendly and helpful and service was great... We just fired for breads to share and then grabbed a couple of there signature dishes... More 

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Nelson NZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We have eated here a few times and enjoyed the food but find the decor a little off-putting. Good for a bruncg in summer if you can sit outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Came here with my two adult children when we were in town for a night. I had been here before when on business so knew what to expect. I had good eggs and the others enjoyed their hash browns which looked very yummy. I succumbed to buying some Florentines for the long drive home but we found these had a... More 

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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 to $34
Cuisine: Contemporary

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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 to $34
  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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