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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9400
08:00 - 21:00
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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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Nelson, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed today NEW

Visited Ford's restaurant last week with friends for dinner - we all had different meals and they were all excellent - wonderful food and beautifully presented. The creme brulee was to die for! Highly recommended

Thank JanetT7010
Wellington, New Zealand
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45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous venue, great flavours, fantastic service. Our waitress was perfect. We were seated upstairs and the meal was presented at the best pace enabling the four of us to converse freely. Wonderful wine list.

Thank Helena S
Whakatane, New Zealand
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40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in for a quick lunch after seeing other positive reviews. We had a delicious quick lunch for a great price. The service was really nice and the food was differently Devine. Loved it, would definitely go again

Thank 232Heather
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238 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has a nice ambiance, low lighting and a nice intimate feel to the place. The service was good and the food very nice, lots of local produce. I opted for 2 starters instead of a main and they were fine with this. The Arancini balls were amazing! I would defiantly recommend this place.

Thank shazzzalongley
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food aloof service but good. Thanks for a great meal. I wanted one signature dish with ingredients that I never knew worked together but they did. Genius. Thanks for a great meal

Thank tacosrus
Nelson, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for some tapas for mothers day, with the family. Wife was given a glass of complimentary bubbles on account of Mum's day, great start. We had a wide range of different tapas, and each one was fantastic, no complaints at all. The kids had a dessert each, and couldn't have been happier. The service was impeccable and friendly,... More 

Thank Smackcroker
Hamilton, New Zealand
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101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here just for a casual meal and were really surprised at at the wonderful flavours that were created in each course. From the venison entree to the filet steak nothing was ordinary. Service was excellent and wine list also very comprehensive by the glass.

Thank CardioKiwitraveller
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good service with pleasant efficient staff, food disappointing. One of our party had steak which was ok not outstanding and the vegetarian option not very tasty. Deserts ok but nothing special. Have eaten here a few times before and had lovely food this was not good and certainly not value for money.

1 Thank Sue C
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After asking the ladies at the table next to me what was good to eat they suggested the tappas, it was a bit quiet and the kitchen was happen to extend the tappas past their close off time. Staff were obliging and attentive. Garlic prawns was great, Calamari was fantastic with extra chilli. I didn't need all the chips but... More 

Thank Richard B
Golden Bay, New Zealand
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10 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a wet Sunday evening and what a delight. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his entree of fresh Bluff oysters . We both had the seared game fish for a main...it was Marlin served with scallops, grilled fruit...it was fantastic. Great service with a smile.

Thank PruNZ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$25
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
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?