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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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“tapas” (27 reviews)
“hash browns” (12 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This was our first meal in Nelson, it was my partners birthday so we wanted something special. Forgive but this was our second choice, we had been given a recommendation earlier in the day but that place was packed! Ford's was busy too but it...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had lunch here last week while in Nelson. The Lamb salad tasted very good but the lamb was gristly and hard to chew. I think I was just unlucky with the pieces selected. The cheese board I had for dessert was outstanding. The chutney...More

Thank Sandy O
Reviewed 2 days ago

Quality of food was extraordinary. We had a table of ten, service was impeccable, every single person rated their meal, we were still talking about it the next day. The pricing is more Auckland than Nelson, but they can justify it.

Thank Toby B
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had breakfast here on our first morning in Nelson. I had the choc chip pancakes and asked for no cream. I received the pancakes without the cream and a very slight drizzle of maple syrup over the top - the pancakes were slightly dry...More

Thank Janice D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a late lunch on a quiet Monday. My partner chose the mussels - steamed in a delicious creamy broth with just the right amount of garlic. I chose a light chick pea and haloumi salad which was also delicious and satisfying. Food...More

Thank Gracie2612
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Fords on our first night in Nelson and everything was first class. Service, starters, mains, dessert and wines all superb. It seems everything will be an anti climax after such a brilliant dining experience.

Thank Mick R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the second you walk in the door, everything is exceptional. Mushroom fries with blue cheese aoili to die for, the mains exquisite and the deconstructed cheesecake the bedt dessert I've ever eaten. Service exceptional. Hard to go anywhere else now.

Thank Rebecca F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fords is well located on Trafalgar Street, walking distance to many of Nelson’s hotels. The food was good without being brilliant, but a comfortable location with friendly service.

Thank Alistair W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ambience is nice, the food in general really superb. I guess it was the best steak I have ever had in my life. Not only perfect from a meat perspective, but also from a preperation point of view including the sides. My wife thought...More

Thank kinleyx
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely breakfast this morning - atmosphere relaxing, service attentive. Recommend the sourdough and eggs - simple is good.

Thank febee2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$25
Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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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