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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9400
09:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 21:30
Mon - Tue 08:00 - 21:00
Wed 08:00 - 21:30
Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri 08:00 - 22:30
Sat 09:00 - 22:30
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came in here for a couple of coffees but you could see by the menu, furnishings and clientele that this is a high class champagne bar. Lovely.

Thank SteveS1970
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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628 reviews
379 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at our hotel and the owner recommended a few restaurants in town and Ford's Was one of them. We decided to have dinner here and had an outside table. I started with venison carpaccio with goats cheese and taboulah then for the main I had the game fish of the day blue marlin with scallops melon water melon... More 

Thank Moosie57
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101 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went for dinner with no booking on a busy evening but they managed to find us a table very quickly. Staff were friendly & efficient, atmosphere lively & the food was very good as was the wine, I would certainly recommend a meal here.

Thank Sedateskier
Halifax, Canada
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for Valentine's day. .The restaurant was very busy. Great staff who were friendly and efficient. We both had the lamb dish as a main. It was excellent. Decent wine list. Very enjoyable

Thank Arthur6020
Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in for lunch - really enjoyed a fresh, light special and the welcoming friendly staff were a delight. Very pleasant!

Thank Don S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten breakfast here several times. Delicious food, attentive service and nice vegetarian food if you discuss with the staff. What I particularly like is that the staff ask if you need another coffee.... and I do!

Thank jacaranda360
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here when visiting family in Nelson,with them, for a birthday celebration. The staff were very good, complying with all our requests for different glasses of wine to try! One of our party was gluten free, but that was no problem for them, and the vegetarian choices looked very good too. Also, the service was just right, not too... More 

Thank Liz R
New York
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very glad we walked in for breakfast. Lots of choice, kind staff and great coffee. I wish I could have stayed for dinner!

Thank AlmostAnywhere44
Nelson, New Zealand
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner here with friends visiting the region and didn't disappoint.We all ordered a different dish and all were up to a high standard. The Swordfish was particularly good.The desserts we shared and were also delicious.

Thank Boardboy23
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined here on a busy evening - sat upstairs. The service was excellent with friendly, well presented and attentive staff. However we were all a little disappointed with our food. All of us had the same comment to make - that the food was far too lightly seasoned. Maybe the chefs are a bit afraid of salt and pepper.... More 

Thank NellieApp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:30
09:00 - 22:30
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?