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The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar

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8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4421
16:30 - 23:00
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Sun 16:30 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 16:30 - 23:00
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Small quiet, comfortable pizza eatery. The service is personal and of high quality. The food is wonderful and the beers are great. All well priced.

Thank leesport
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The young staff are nice and tried their best but they don't appear to have received any training. My wife's pasta was gluggy, I had the pot of mussels and it had 11 tiny mussels, my wine was a small portion. The venue has a nice dark decor and the lighting is just right. But it's echoey and lacks ambience.... More 

1 Thank HappyBubbleSurfer
Ashhurst, New Zealand
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Just wanted a quick takeaway meal, as had had a long day. Ordered our Pizza and wedges, and with a short wait they were ready. I knew immediately we were going to enjoy this meal, as the smell that we experienced on our short walk to the beach was overwhelming. Great pizza, great service, worth the visit.

Thank Sambuca2015
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Delicious gourmet pizzas tonight in Nelson.Excellent friendly service at. Hot Rock Pizza Bar. We recommend them for a great night out with reasonable prices.

1 Thank Rosemary T
Dunedin, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We had a great meal here with very frienfly staff who were good with our somewhat unruly little boys. Clearly passionate about what they do. Food was good too.

1 Thank Rene S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Order a sea food pizza, can only find a few tiny prawns, and a couple of miserable mussels and according to them it is considered a gourmet pizza! Worst pizza eating experience, feel like eating cardboard.

Thank 324francish
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

We're very sorry to learn that your pizza didn't have enough toppings. We try to ensure a consistent and sufficient amount of toppings for every pizza. Our "Nelson Bays" gourmet pizza should have shrimps, prawns, mussels, fish and calamari. This pizza featured in a recommendation on "Lonely Planet". Without seeing your pizza I am unable to comment on your experience... More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

We went here for dinner, ended up waiting 50 minutes for two of the six meals ordered to come out. Then waited another 25 minutes for the rest of the meals to come out. With no apologies of the length of time it took to come out. We saw one of the meals sitting on the counter for over 20minutes... More 

Thank oln42
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry some of your meals took some time to prepare that night. Unfortunately we were short-staffed that evening, we were fully booked and there was a large group ahead of you who were slow to order. A lack of communication in the kitchen meant some meals were ready and delivered to your table before others. We have addressed... More 

Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

My partner and I had a takeaway pizza from here, the pizza was very average but what was worse was the long black hair that my partner found in one of his slices!

Thank Robynp269
Ray W, Manager at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for submitting your review which is quite concerning. We are at a loss to understand how this could have happened as all our chefs, apart from our bald head chef, wear hair protection. We will of course undertake a review of our processes to try to identify how this could have happened and to ensure this cannot happen... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Popped in for dinner after a day of cycling. Good service, tasty food and within walking distance of our motels - very enjoyable!

Thank Lyndsay F
New Zealand
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265 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

I do hate soggy bottoms! I like my thin pizzas to be the same crunchiness throughout, not just crisp around the edge and all floppy in the middle. Maybe this was because I bought one of the cheap pizzas? I ate in the restaurant rather than takeaway. The staff were very nice and I appreciated being sat by the window... More 

2 Thank Pixiehat

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$21
Italian, Pizza, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4421
Welcome to the home of award-winning gourmet pizza in Nelson. Excite your tastebuds with our special wood-fired pizzas, be entertained by our lively atmosphere and treat yourself to a great night at The Hot Rock! Perfect for sharing with friends, or the whole family - we look forward to hosting you...

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?