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“Fantastic evening!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mint Dining Room

Mint Dining Room
20 Harley Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 7092
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Ranked #19 of 131 Restaurants in Nelson
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: From an iconic 19th century cottage within the quiet city fringe of Nelson, with a maximum seating of just 28, it has garnered notoriety with discerning diners since quietly opening towards the end of 2009. With a passion for fine food, using only the freshest of local ingredients and combining them with internationally award winning culinary expertise to make dining out an occasion. A stellar wine list, including vintages carefully selected from vineyards locally and abroad. Intimate dining, comfortable high quality surroundings and attentive service; dining out the way it should be.
Nelson, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic evening!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The purpose of the evening was to celebrate my wife's birthday in style, so I asked her where she wanted to go....and her response was the Mint Dining Room........

While the first impression is that the location is a bit outside of where one would normally expect (not inconvenient, just more of a quiet side street), once inside this is completely forgotten as you enjoy what I can only classify as an absolute first class dining experience.

We started by relaxing in "The Snug" (a private, warm little lounge with comfy chairs) to enjoy a drink and browse the menu before seating (highly recommended). This really set the tone for the evening. Our waitperson Shelley did a fantastic job -- a perfect balance of being very knowledgeable and attentive without hovering too much.

Their wine list is quite extensive, and it's easy to see why they've received so many awards for their food. For us, fresh and locally sourced produce is also an important aspect of the dining experience, and is a part of what they do.

Truly an exceptional dining experience -- very highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Best restaurant in Nelson. A well kept secret!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Mint is hidden away and not as well known as it should be. It provides a culinary experience that is second to none in Nelson. Maybe because it is not on the main strip of other well known restaurants, it does not get the recognition it deserves. Service, ambience, quality of food, are all top notch and you won't be disappointed. Well worth spoiling yourself here, you won't regret it.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
“Cottage full of delights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We would highly recommend MINT to everyone. The food is simply magnificent. The Tomato & Goats Cheese Tart, Five Spice Rubbed Breast of Duck, Trio of Lamb, & Baked Lemon Tart were highlights of our meal. The chef is clearly very talented at producing such delicous dishes. The service was friendly and inviting right from the front door. The server was fantastic. The added extras between courses were nice additions to an enjoyable dining experience.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
“Out standing food and service, couldn't have asked for better!! Amazing !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Excellent in every way possible, cannot fault them at all! Food was amazing and service was 5 star, felt like a queen being waited on, highly recommend

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“A real treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Seldom do we find a restaurant that reserves a table for you for the ENTIRE EVENING. This lovely small cottage on a side street was intimate, charming, and captured our tastebuds. The chef is award winning for his lamb and beef and my husband had a wonderful lamb trio cooked to perfection. Our entire experience - from being greeted personally at the front door and being escorted to a small sitting room with couches where we perused the menu and ordered our wine; through the beautiful and delicious gourmet courses; to the actual bill presented in a very classy format - was memorable and a highlight of our dining experiences on this 27 day trip in New Zealand. We cannot say enough about our friendly server! Since we dined early in the evening, we started on the porch and later moved to an inside table.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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