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Anchor Bar & Grill

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62 Vickerman St, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
(03) 546 6614
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 85
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Didn't do it for me ...

The white bait pancake was okay to start with, but my main of fish of the day was over cooked and covered in some strange nondescript batter. I think it was 34 bucks, and really not worth the money. The wait staff all seemed to be bored and jaded. If it was a diner at diner pricing maybe I'd be... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mark R
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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141 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The white bait pancake was okay to start with, but my main of fish of the day was over cooked and covered in some strange nondescript batter. I think it was 34 bucks, and really not worth the money. The wait staff all seemed to be bored and jaded. If it was a diner at diner pricing maybe I'd be... More 

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Thank Mark R
Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Busy, atmospheric restaurant on the marina. Helpful and friendly staff with a decent knowledge of the menu. This has a pub atmosphere and buzzes

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Thank SusiGee
Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic restaurant by the boat harbour. Friendly staff - good menu with lots of seafood options. We had the pan fried grouper with scallop thermidor followed by banoffee pie - highly recommended!

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Thank Andrew S
Sidmouth, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a brilliant breakfast here while watching the yachts in the marina. Good breakfast selection and friendly service

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Thank Jill H
Wellington, New Zealand
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170 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great location. We stopped off for lunch and found a table outside with views of the marina. The lunch menu is extensive, the meals were superb and the service excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and will definitely return next time we’re in Nelson.

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Thank Leanne D
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Salad leaves were very tired and dull. Potato skins were like leather. Took me long time to cut through. Fish sauce has no taste at all. I would say it is only a bistro standard meal but guess how much it cost me ? $33😞 the other 2 meals were small and just ok. We have complained to the manager... More 

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Thank Waterfall6
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one busy place but we found we had very quick service from our wonderful waitress if fact all the staff were nothing short of brilliant. The food was absolutely perfect, delicious crisp beer battered fish and chips, and creamy chowder jam packed with seafood, they have a dessert menu to die for. the view of the boat marina... More 

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Thank honest-xhef
Boise, Idaho
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found the Anchor by accident after making a wrong turn. Seemed like everyone there was local. We had high expectations. It was full and overlooked the small Nelson harbor. Unfortunately, and perhaps because we had no reservation, we had a trainee waitress. Food was ok but a bit pricy. Might try again because of the ambiance. But our expectations... More 

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Thank Stuart H
Wanaka, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were staying in the area and were looking forward to dining at the Anchor. We were disappointed with the meal. Ordered the scallops and calimari which were both tasteless. Also the waitress taking our order looked at us if we had grown an extra head and was quite inattentive. The only upside was the blonde waitress who was very... More 

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Thank Mely2015
Bogota, Colombia
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I would not return if you are anything of a seafood fan of non English traditions of fish and chips. Portions are huge, but it is definitively not fine cooking.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 62 Vickerman St, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: (03) 546 6614

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups

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