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US$14 - US$28
European, New Zealand
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 31 July 2021

Hopgoods is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Nelson. Usually the experience there is good. But recently we were very disappointed with the service provided at Hopgoods. We just went in for a late evening glass of wine but were told by the waiting...staff who greeted us quite abruptly that she needed to check with the manager if that was ok. Atfer a rather long wait she came back and said that they were closing soon and the we really could only have one single glass of wine and definitely nothing else. The restaurant area was still quite full and people were still dining. We chose quickly but it tookquite some time for someone to take our order. We felt very awkward and not welcome at all. It could have been very different and I would have expected a much higher level of service skills appropriate for the number 10 restaurant in New Zealand. I emailed the manager directly with my feedback but never got a response. I don't think we will be back in a rush.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Kevin Hopgood, Owner at Hopgoods & Co, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2021

I take this on the chin. Not replying to an email is not good and not how we work. It was located today in a junk file. I and the manager have taken all points on board, we are all disappointed. If you feel you...More

Reviewed 30 July 2021

Subtle, classy, subdued ambience, polite but attentive service, and reliably stunning food. Can I give it six stars?

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 26 June 2021 via mobile

Had a great dinner, recommend booking a couple days earlier to have a good time. Definitely recommend the degustation menu, food was amazing, service matched the quality of the meal, thank you team for a great experience!

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 24 June 2021 via mobile

A sold out seven course food and Man O War wine degustation. A wonderfully organized evening with superb food and matched wine. Thanks Kevin and your amazing team.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 20 June 2021

What a great dining experience. We were staying with friends in Nelson and may have overlooked this option how pleased we were they recommended Hopgood's. The evening started perfectly with a warm welcome and attentive waitresses. Then the food with every dish cooked perfectly. This...is must visit for a great food experienceMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 12 June 2021 via mobile

An extremely well run establishment. The food and service was top notch. I had souflee to start which was light and delicious, flounder for main did not disappoint. Husband had salmon three ways which was ok but the beef cheek main was delicious. A very...very nice dining experience. We will be backMore

Date of visit: January 2021
Kevin Hopgood, Owner at Hopgoods & Co, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2021

Thank you very much for dining with us and your kind review, we look forward to serving you in the future. All the Best Kevin Hopgood

Reviewed 18 May 2021

During a three night stay in Nelson we booked to dine at this restaurant partly because we had heard of it's good reputation, and partly because we share the same surname (though no relation) and thought it would be fun to meet the owner and...say hi. What a great experience we had! The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was amazing, and Kevin Hopgood was a lovely guy who came out to meet us and chat - so friendly. Our mains were the mushroom ravioli and the flounder, both delicious. Our desserts were the banana custard with coconut, rum, passionfruit and the caramelised goat's cheesecake - just fabulous! We had a lovely dessert wine too, can't remember the name. Prices were similar to other restaurants we ate in during our South Island holiday, but the food here was the best. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 15 May 2021 via mobile

We hadn't been to hopgoods for about 3 years...and are now left wondering why we left it so long! The food was absolutely perfect in every way. From flavor profile to execution it really stood head and shoulders above other nelson restaurants.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 3 May 2021 via mobile

Charming staff, a variety of interesting choices of both food and wine. When in Nelson we always return to this restaurant and it never fails to please our enthusiasm for food with flavour and is well presented.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 19 April 2021

Absolutely fantastic, my wife and I were here on a busy Friday night. From what I could tell every night is busy so booking would be a good idea. A lovely relaxing, professional atmosphere. All the staff were superb, the soon to be mother maitre...d and a lovely Japanese waitress were as good as you will get. The food and drinks were excellent, loved every course and would love if this restaurant was in our city. Could not recommend it highly enough and I know you will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Hopgoods & Co is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5