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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A very friendly environment. Perfectly cooked poached eggs. Great coffee. It was nice to be able to take our time and just relax.

Thank Graeme S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted some pub food for lunch and we found this place via trip advisor. The service was good. I ordered the fish of the day, which is monk fish wrapped with bacon, serve with potato rosti and salad, with hollandaise sauce, yum yum yum! I was going to order the calamari salad from the menu, but once the waitress... More 

Thank Joyce W
Nelson, New Zealand
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've had dinner and breakfast here a few times with large groups. Everything has gone smoothly and they will also tailor make a menu to suit if need be. Quality champagne can be brought by the glass which is perfect for Xmas breakfast

Thank ShazzyWetere
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Late morning stop for coffee and muffins. Friendly service, drinks and food high quality. Particularly enjoyed the banana and salted caramel muffin

Thank KaritaneMartin
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Slightly disappointing with Fords this time as they are usually very good. We booked for a friends birthday as she had never been before. The service was great with a lovely American and French waitress seating us and taking our orders etc.. but I feel they saved the night. Firstly we were sat in an unwelcoming table at the foot... More 

1 Thank Kim S
New Zealand
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friends and I visited this place for dinner.  The service was good.  My food was great (although my dinner guests had varying thoughts).  Of particular note was my duck main - best duck I've ever had - crispy, moist, but not fatty or oily. The bad: When booking the table, I specifically asked for a quiet space.  They placed us... More 

1 Thank nzfauna
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful service. We were offerred taster of a wine without even asking and the attentiveness was exemplary. Delicious meal.

Thank old_murphy
Berlin, Germany
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had some lovely wine and both had the groper fillet. It was very well cooked and presented and the staff were competent and friendly. No minus points.

Thank T7912KQalex
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to go out for lunch as our gardening plans were scuppered by wet weather & chose Fords as we've not been there in a while. We were greeted and seated and menus, water etc came promptly. Our main meals came within an acceptable time frame. The meals were delicious and very nicely presented. There was then a long... More 

2 Thank Marianne P
Blenheim, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Second time we have been here and great to see the standard is still high. Great coffee great food and great service - definitely worth a visit.

Thank Lorja06

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $26
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: 6435469400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?