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“Great Flavour's Fish Dry!”
Review of Anchor Bar & Grill

Anchor Bar & Grill
Ranked #33 of 175 Restaurants in Nelson
Cuisines: Bar, Seafood, European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Picton, New Zealand
1 review
“Great Flavour's Fish Dry!”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We ate here on Thursday night and were disappointed after it being recommended. My husband and I both had fish dishes and the fish was dry and overcooked. It was such a shame as the other flavours on the plate had great flavour and it was well presented.
We wouldn't recommend it to anyone and won't return. I don't mind paying $ 29 - $32 for a main when its cooked well. There was only 3 other tables when we were there, so no excuses to be in a hurry to get the meal out on time.

  • Visited May 2013
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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Very lovely food and fast service too.
Highly recommend the garlic bread with the chilli's in, it was delicious!!
Only downside was the noisy bar patrons.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank KirstyD24
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Nelson, New Zealand
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109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Always Good Meals & Service”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We have dined here several times and have always been happy with our meals and the service received, whether we are in small or large groups. There are beautiful views here, overlooking the marina and beyond to the eastern hills. There is also outdoor seating on the edge of the marina. The restaurant features a nautical theme. We would definitely recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank scarz
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Nelson, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Consistantly good meals and service”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We visit here fairly frequently, and have always had good service, and lovely food. Sometimes we have been in a bit of a hurry, but that's no problem to them, as they take it in their stride.
Highly recommended if you want a good meal in lovely surroundings (overlooking boats in the marina)
I like the art work on the walls as well, its neat to see them supporting local artists.

Visited January 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Go for a meal if you are willing to take a gamble”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am a Nelson local and used to think this restaurant was a winner. So much so that whenever family or friends visited from out of town I'd take them here. No more! The last 3 visits where a mixed bag of poor service, mediocre food and mix ups.
I last visited in early January after my Nephew and his family who had stayed with us for 4 days asked to take us for a meal as a thank you. We were a party of 7 including a 3 year old, 12 and 15 year old. Firstly we waited over 15 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Secondly people who came in quite sometime after us got their meals well ahead of us. Bread ordered as an entree' came withour mains and to top it all off my Nephew was given the wrong meal and it was cold. we had to ask serveral times how much longer our meals would be and were given assurances it was only minutes away (a considerable lie).
My view is this restaurant is over-rated and over-priced. Try somewhere else if you want value and service for a family.

  • Visited January 2013
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