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All 132 Nelson Restaurants

Cafe Affair of Nelson

295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
(03) 548 8295
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Ranked #39 of 132 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Tibshelf, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a very pleasant dinner here. We decided that we'd all try the stone grill as this was something we hadn't had before. Your chosen food arrives in its raw state along with a very hot stone, on which you will cook the food. The hot stones do a good job of cooking the food but because there is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We chose Cafe Affair whilst stopping in Nelson for the night. The restaurant looked inviting and was one of the few options where diners could enjoy the weather via the open fronting. We ordered the stone grill house specialities. I ordered the thai chicken kebab and my partner ordered the mint lamb kebab. The stone grill arrived looking decidedly unappetising,... More 

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Hanoi
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Much as I hate to write this, Cafe Affair has deteriorated from it's heights of 10 years ago or so. Once upon a time it was the standard for Nelson cafes. Now it seems that the competition has well and truly overtaken them and Cafe Affair fails to keep up. A rating of 'average' is entirely appropriate. Everything about it... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My husband is a Kiwi and not a big fan of stone grilling. He says, if I am dining put, let them cook it for me. But after a long days' hike and drive, we walked to Trafalgar st and my first choice was Casual Affair - had been to Harry's (pass on a 2nd visit) and Hop Goods (amazing... More 

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Glasgow
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Had an evening meal here a month or so ago. The restaurant looked nice. Enjoyed the selection of craft beers and the menu looked good. Unfortunately the service could have been better and the food was just OK. Not sure If would return.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

We had booked a table for two beforehand and knew exactly what we wanted so we ordered as soon as we arrived at 7:00 as we were going to the theatre at 8:30. White wine was brought promptly but by 8:00 mains had not arrived. Waitresses noticed and hurried the order along but we only had 25 minutes in which... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The service is outstanding here and the food is really good. For dinner we had the lamb cooked on a hot stone which was tender, fresh, and delicious. Would highly recommend.

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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Came for lunch with 6 adults and two kids (6&3), the service was great from the minute we walked in the door, the food was lovely, especially the lamb salad! Kids meals were good & they loved the kids cave under the stairs. Very friendly helpful staff, will definitely be coming back.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We booked this restaurant to celebrate our youngest wedding the following day, and we were not disappointed! We all made choices from the 'Hot Stone' part of the menu which was basically raw meat served with a (very) hot stone which you then use to cook the meat on yourself to your individual liking. The meal was really nice and... More 

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Blenheim
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66 reviews 66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I have visited this place many many times over the years but it really is starting to get a bit tired. Decor is dated and uninspiring. Food is generally pretty good, great selection of cabinet food

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Address: 295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7001, New Zealand
Phone Number: (03) 548 8295
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson

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