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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
European, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
9:00 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We popped in one evening out from the rain. Wasn't looking for a posh place to eat but this was very high standard...and we loved it. So tasty and the staff were amazing

Thank James T
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent food and service under difficult circumstances for the owners. Shows just how important politeness really is: we didn't have a booking but were accommodated; shown to a table and fed with amazingly tasty food Great effort by Kerry and all who worked the night of 28/12/15. Highly recommended establishment.

Thank CheekyPos
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place offers a great vibe with fantastic customer service. A beautiful and simple menu executed well! I had the fish which was amazing, paired with a local Sav. Only critique I could give this place was I found the boiled potatoes a tad boring. Other than that sensational !

Thank JayLewer
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic yummy food - great music and the staff were so helpful awesome - worth a visit even for just a drink but the food is to die for 👍

Thank S5629VBkarens
Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ford's food is consistently good and you will never be disappointed in the quality and flavours.If you are a group book in advance as seating is tight downstairs. Beer selection is unfortunately limited to the big breweries. Emersons is the only craft beer stocked. Wine list is good and can be well matched to the meals

Thank JulianRR55
Lincoln, Nebraska
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for a drink early evening pre dinner. Nice place with a solid selection of beer and wine. Good, friendly service

Thank Cmat07
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fords used to be lovely. But a bit tired now. It feels like it is lacking energy, and needs brightening up. Food is still good.

1 Thank dawnw684
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is limited, (this is not a negative comment, it may just surprise traveler's) and it is 'kiwi' in flavour. The service was great, nothing was a problem and they went beyond in explaining what the 'kiwi' elements were. My choice of eye fillet was nice, cooked well and to my liking although a little chewy in parts. The... More 

Thank Cat33R
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I was looking for a good restaurant for a lovely sunday night, that's why we choose FORD'S. We had fish of day and pork belly, the tastes of fish was too salty, the pork belly tastes average. The food is basic, It's overcharge with this kind of taste. Two main meal,juice and one large beer costs 90... More 

1 Thank Chiau Yun D
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for brunch. I had the Eggs Benedict. The portion size was perfect. Not too big and not too small. Very yummy.

Thank Ellie D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $26
European, Soups, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
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?