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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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“steak” (48 reviews)
“hash browns” (13 reviews)
“tapas” (25 reviews)
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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 795 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Were rushed to seat us and forgot to take our order for 20 min despite other being arriving before us being served

Thank Kris G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went to this restaurant whilst at a conference in Nelson. Had the Angus Steak signature dish which was excellently cooked and very well balanced with respect to the various flavours involved. Slightly on the expensive side if you are on a strict budget. The service...More

Thank Drew H
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a lovely place to sit out for lunch and we were looking forward to our meals. We had a long time to wait for the food to arrive. My steak sandwich was tiny, overcooked and only lukewarm sitting atop a small piece of...More

1  Thank Taxbandit
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the pedestrian mall in Nelson is this café. It was a nice day as usual in Nelson and the town was buzzing. We dined outside and enjoyed the warmth. Being in Nelson, trying the mussels was essential dining and they did not disappoint....More

Thank Bryan B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was quick and friendly. Our brunch of scrambled eggs and coffee was served fast and tasted good.

Thank amycM9166WE
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tasty food, good service and great surroundings. Really central and easy to walk to. Would definitely visit again:-D

Thank lauramariehamill
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Nelson we were looking for a suitable restaurant for dinner in the evening. We booked a table while passing and were glad we did as it was crowded when we returned. My wife had chicken wrapped in prosciutto and I had fillet steak....More

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had steaks and mine arrived medium rather than medium rare. Not a big issue especially as the steak was so tender and tasty. I pointed it out quietly to the charming English waitress who asked about our meal but also said it was fine...More

Thank JAMandS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a nice meal in Nelson head down to Trafalgar Street. We had great service and an excellent meal at Ford's. Great place to sit outside and watch the street scene.

Thank eve759
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our weekly visit to Nelson we really enjoyed our lunch at Ford’s. Good flavours, attentive service and a busy street to watch. We will be back !

Thank Dietmar S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
Drinks, 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
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids
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
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