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The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar

8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4421
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible11%
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“pizza” (109 reviews)
“tiramisu” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've tried lots of carbonaras in my time as this is always my 'go to' and this is by far the best I've ever tasted... I was so full off half the portion but I just couldn't help finish it! The pizzas were good too...More

Thank blackp88
Reviewed July 9, 2017

I usually avoid any place that appears to be pizza or pasta because the gluten free aspect isn't there. Not so for Hot Rock. I haven't had a pizza yet but I've had one pasta dish and the wedges with sour cream, bacon and cheese....More

Thank Elizabeth J
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Thank you Elizabeth for your unsolicited review. It's great to read how our efforts are appreciated. We hope to see you in for a pizza soon.

Reviewed June 4, 2017

This is an unassuming informal cafe with great pizza. Can't beat the thin wholewheat bases and the toppings were generous and creative. The freshly made (on-site) tiramisu gets my vote too.

Thank Saska2nian
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Sorry to say we were looking forward to our pizza and were very disappointed. The basses were very poorly made and under cooked. Expensive at $29 for a not so large pizza.

Thank hallidayfamily
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2017

I'm sorry I can't recall your visit or seeing a poorly made and under cooked pizza. Had you brought this to our attention at the time we would have done our best to fix the problem.

Reviewed April 21, 2017 via mobile

Family of three dined and it was delicious. We had a selection of soup of the day, pasta, pizza and desert and left very satisfied. The staff were prompt and friendly and lovely atmosphere. We will definitely dine here again when next in Nelson...

Thank Helen W
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2017

Thank you for your review Helen. We are so glad you enjoyed your meals and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

Had pizza last night while in neldon. Best pizza ever!! Make to a list or build your own. Great service and pizza was second to none!!

Thank Lisa H
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2017

Thank you for your review Lisa. We have modified our recipes to improve our pizzas and appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed March 20, 2017

We stumbled upon this place. Good, unusual pizzas welll worth trying. Pizzas cooked on wood fire. One large pizza can be shared by 2 people so makes it not too pricey.

Thank WeeRozzy
Reviewed March 12, 2017

Two sizes of pizza available which is good and special requirements were no trouble. Recommended for take away or eating in

Thank airbus0320
Reviewed March 8, 2017

This is a relaxed pizzeria where there are other food choices available on the menu too. The service is pretty prompt and the wine and beer list fairly comprehensive. The pizzas are nice but a little pricey.

Thank Alison H
Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

the dinner was fabolous! the employees verry kind and friendly! the starter(p.e the bruschetta,see the picture below) was amazing!i've had special wishes for the ingredients in my salad and that wasn't a problem.the price is fair and the employees so kind and friendly.the herbes has...More

Thank Deborah W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $21
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4421
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Welcome to the home of award-winning gourmet pizza in Nelson. Excite your tastebuds with our special wood-fired pizzas, be entertained by our lively atmosphere and treat yourself to a great night at The Hot Rock! Perfect for sharing with friends, or the whole family - we look forward to hosting you...
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