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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

$$ - $$$European, Soups,
276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9400
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“hash browns” (13 reviews)
“swordfish” (11 reviews)
“tapas” (22 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 769 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely spot to stop for a coffee, drink, tapas or a meal. Very friendly service. Lovely outdoor dining. In the Central City area of Nelson and traffic free.

Thank Sheryn p
Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived in Nelson on Wednesday and booked a table at Fords for a Valentines night dinner. All went well, good service, a lovely dinner of fillet steak and lamb and nice wine which we both enjoyed. So much so in fact that we booked...More

Thank kenty
Reviewed 5 days ago

This restaurant only has a small menu at lunch time but the portions are quite large and of goo quality. Beware if it is a suuny day and you sit outside as there is little in the way of shade.

Thank LancashireDavid63
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole dinner. Delicious food, very creative chef. Excellent service and help with wine selection.

Thank ChicagoTraveler2424
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I are visiting Nelson from Melbourne, we happened to stop by at Fords for dinner. The lady who served us was very rude and didn't acknowledge us for 10 minute's or so whilst we were waiting to have a look at the...More

1  Thank jessmartinhine22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst visiting Nelson we had the good fortune of finding and then dining at Ford’s for lunch. The restaurant was busy yet tidy and the staff kept busy but were also attentive. The pork belly salad was tasty as and my wife had excellently cooked...More

Thank Garny_65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the title says - the best brunch I've had in a long time. I had the mixed grill and probably the only improvement I would make is cooking the eggs a little less, but as it was the yolks were still mostly runny. The...More

Thank Aldous D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outside setting on a typical Nelson summer evening - wonderful ! Excellent service supported with well prepared and presented food . Sirloin steak grilled to perfection but at its price could have been complimented with a more complete array of seasonal vegetables

Thank Patrick A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ex-Cyclon Fehi (I don’t have a clue what is the meaning of ex-cyclon) forced us to stay a third night in Nelson so we decided to try Ford’s restaurant. After already eating in cod&lobster and hopgood. We had Tuna and Calamari for starters, Lamb and...More

Thank Ester L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Started with a side salad. I had the sirloin cooked to perfection. My friend had the lamb:superb! We split a de-constructed cheesecake that was to die for! Very friendly wait staff. This is a must should you visit Nelson Bay.

Thank Ken L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$27
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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: +64 3-546 9400
  • E-mail
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