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Cafe Affair of Nelson

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295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 8295
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 8:30 am - 1:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

NOW CALLED BACCOS! Under new ownership. WE dined there twice, upstairs and downstairs. AN excellent maitre d' named Jo looked after us and all the waiting staff are friendly. EVerything is run from the bar by the gentleman owner and we got the impression that he wants to take the place upmarket from just being a bar. THe house Pinot... More 

Thank accidentaltourist_8
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed in Nelson for one night and came across this restaurant by chance. A lovely little bistro where we had a delicious bream fish dish. Everything was beautifully presented and tasty. Staff very friendly and welcoming a change from the snooty restaurant across the road who despite having several empty tables were fully booked and turned us away, a... More 

Thank rosiedives
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Over the years with my visits to Nelson I always rate this place as the most friendly and consistently good provider of food and beverage. I dined on 12th Feb 2017 and the whole experience was as smooth as silk. There were four in the group and everyone chose differently as was their choice. The food was excellent and very... More 

Thank Murray P
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch here. The food was wonderful and the service very good. We will definitely be returning.

Thank helen12397
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely setting looking out onto street of cafes a european feel, I had the eye fillet steak which was nice,had a dessert that was a let down and overpriced it looked fabulous on a long white plate, but with just 1 crumbled meringue with fruit and a whole lot cream full of air from a spray can just wasnt... More 

Thank lulunelson
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61 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this great little place while wandering around Nelson in a downpour. We wanted a light meal and shared a very good pizza, eating it in the upstairs room. It was a good value for the $.

Thank HolladayTraveler
Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a regular coffee meeting spot for me mainly because its convenient & central, the service is friendly and the quality is reliable; the upstairs is a quiet discrete location for a chat . In the evenings the place can really bustle, and they do a nice iced chocolate. Nelson could do with pedestrianising the top of Trafalgar Street... More 

Thank markhb123
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

We ate at Cafe affair on two separate evenings about a week apart. The food beverages and service were excellent. We shared a starter between us had a main course and a desert, all excellent. The first occasion was mid week and we were seated downstairs as it was not very busy, the second occasion was a Friday evening very... More 

Thank Norman L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2016

Great Location, nice food. Had only been open a few weeks, but menu was fine, staff were really good. Nice place.

Thank JCS-Nelson
Loreto, Mexico
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58 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Pleasant bar food tavern. The restaurant was very accommodating to our various members food allergies. I don't know. How many ways can you prepare fish & chips? A little heavy on the batter. My fish was sauted and was decent. The diners who ordered the rib eye were satisfied but you know how those carnivores are.

Thank R B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $27
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
8:30 am - 1:00 am
8:30 am - 1:00 am
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 295 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 8295
Bacco is the Roman God of Wine, Bacco Restaurant and Wine Bar changed its name from Café Affair in October 2016. We are a premium wine bar/restaurant with an Italian/European spin to our dishes. We are all about fresh, local ingredients where possible and we have a food matching our premium wines philosophy. Bacco has a wine club and holds Degustation dinners bi-monthly.

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