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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
+64 3-546 9400
Today
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate early in the evening and there was a constant stream of customers coming in - so this is a popular place and booking may be advisable. We enjoyed the mocktails and then the snapper and swordfish. Both dishes were rich in flavour and the fish seemed very fresh. There was a very tasty starter that we shared with... More 

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Thank Argy14
Leeuwarden
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133 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you want an excellent dinner, go to Fords. Our experience was a 5 star. We had fish, so well prepared, gorgeous presented. Tastes well balanced and creative. Nice attentive staff and great wines with our dinner. Will go back when we are in Nelson.

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Thank Dian W
Napier, New Zealand
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55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wandered into Nelson City today as we are here for the weekend, and discovered Ford's. Beautiful meal and great selection of wines by the glass. The calamari was Devine and the pan seared fish of the day cooked perfectly - succulently moist and beautiful flavour. Beautifully presented fresh food without over adulteration! We just might have to go back for... More 

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Thank Michael L
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

By far the best Lunch I have had in ages. Cooked perfectly, well priced and great service. Think her name was Amber didn't over do it but took great care of us 👍🏼👍🏼

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Thank Pog C
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great location. Strongly recommend the Mediterranean couscous. I've also had great feedback from friends who also tried Ford's.

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Thank Francis S
Noosa, Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Snapper was exceptional, cooked to perfection. and the Game of the Day - Blue Marlin - was very good too. Incorporating fruit into salsas and the coconut with calamari for a starter all worked well and gave an original twist. Decor could really do with an update at the back end of the restaurant.

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Thank James L
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feed back and will be updating the restaurant decor this coming winter which is exciting! More 

Oakland, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In our short experience in NZ, my partner and I had a hard time finding restaurants that served fresh, organic meals that weren't processed, "pub food", and/or covered in mayonnaise. Perhaps this is because we didn't have a lot of time in each city or perhaps because NZ is basically a mini-Britain... Anyway! We stopped at Ford's for dinner one... More 

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Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great feedback, so delighted you enjoyed it! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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491 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We've enjoyed our fish of the day very much: A tasteful tender panseared Nelson Snapper with crumbed button mushrooms, roast kumara and beetroot. This for 36 Dollar - just a solid value. Not much to complain - except that the pomegranate truffle olive oil was missing ... (or so little?). The service was attentive - except for the final tea:... More 

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Thank BURGWIN
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry about delay on the tea but so glad you enjoyed your main course! Thank you for letting us know! More 

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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here on a whim, having just arrived in Nelson & strolled into town. The staff were super-friendly & really accommodating. The game fish of the day was marlin & was beautifully cooked & presented. Chips & aioli were top-drawer. Wine choices were good. Its very close to it's better known neighbour, Hopgoods where I have dined before -... More 

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Thank Pete B
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in town! More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was excellent. The food delicious. The outdoor seating was very nice. We enjoyed our meal.

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Thank Lynn R
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you Lynn! So glad you enjoyed it and for letting us know! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $26
Cuisine
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
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: +64 3-546 9400

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?