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The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar

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8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4421
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Manapouri, New Zealand
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great service, nice cheerful. busy atmosphere, fab food. If we lived in the area, we'd be regulars. Especially appreciated the very high standard of service. We felt very welcome. We ate here twice, equally pleased both times.

1 Thank NewBoots10
Picton, New Zealand
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2015

We made our choice based on trip advisor reviews. It was a cold night and we chose to have motel delivery. Lamb pizza and the blokes beef salad. The pizza was cold on delivery and the lamb sparse, average 2 small cubes per slice. The beef salad was thin sliced deli beef with mesclun and red onion. Pizza base was... More 

1 Thank Lynda M
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

Hello Lynda. We're really sorry to hear that your meal was not up to expectations. The Bloke's Beef Salad is one we normally have rave reviews about. The salad you describe is certainly short of a few ingredients so I'm not sure what happened there! We don't make a habit of skimping on toppings. Your pizza should have left our... More 

westport nz
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2015

try to make a call at thei iconic pizzeria, always excellent food over many years & the little courtesies make a huge difference, including pairs of glasses for the forgetful needing to read the menu

1 Thank sherida23
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

We went to hot rocks 2 years ago. We took seefood pasta. It was a disaster. The seefood was mixed. No tomato but pasta tomato... We should maybe take pizza. You can go there but don't expect a really taste of italia.

3 Thank Nicolas P
Christchurch, New Zealand
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74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2015

Four friends had a meal there last Friday night. A very cold evening in Nelson but this Pizza/Pasta bar was warm and friendly. Great food and good choice of wine etc.

1 Thank Grania R
Hamilton, New Zealand
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106 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2015

stopped to grab a takeaway pizza to take back to the motel. The owner was great. Friendly and interested. Good wine selection. Enjoyed a nice local wine while waiting. Range of pizza and pasta was good and the pizza I had was awesome. Probably in the top 10 pizzas ever. Quite expensive for a takeaway but reasonable if you are... More 

1 Thank Shayne M
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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237 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Pizza here is definitely a must try... its the best place around in Tahunanui for Italian - Pizza & Pasta Specialities

1 Thank Monalisa777
Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 27, 2015

We couldnt have got out of this place faster . After looking forward to a nice dining experience My pizza arrived and it tasted like a smelly mens toilet. Disappointed , we complained about the standard of the pizza which was described VEGO with roasted vege topping but they arrived spongy and tasteless and inedible. We bought it to the... More 

5 Thank Sandy B
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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187 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2015

Rolled in for a take away pizza on Easter Sunday and were greeted by a friendly, courteous host. Food was ready quickly, (three pizzas) and of good quality and the price was more than fair, especially by N standards. We'll certainly be calling in again the next time we're in Nelson.

1 Thank d-milne_writer
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2015

The outside of this restaurant is very off-putting, it's on a busy thoroughfare with no parking. Not to mention the terrible signage font that's reminiscent of the Adams Family. Location and branding aside we decided to give it a go after a beach walk one evening. Stepping inside to an empty, souless restaurant we were a tad apprehensive, however, upon... More 

3 Thank LulaBird

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$11 - $20
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
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
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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