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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

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European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9400
Today
08:00 - 21:30
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Hours:
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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Noosa, Australia
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Snapper was exceptional, cooked to perfection. and the Game of the Day - Blue Marlin - was very good too. Incorporating fruit into salsas and the coconut with calamari for a starter all worked well and gave an original twist. Decor could really do with an update at the back end of the restaurant.

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Thank James L
Oakland, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In our short experience in NZ, my partner and I had a hard time finding restaurants that served fresh, organic meals that weren't processed, "pub food", and/or covered in mayonnaise. Perhaps this is because we didn't have a lot of time in each city or perhaps because NZ is basically a mini-Britain... Anyway! We stopped at Ford's for dinner one... More 

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Thank alexandraoakland
Melbourne, Australia
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497 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We've enjoyed our fish of the day very much: A tasteful tender panseared Nelson Snapper with crumbed button mushrooms, roast kumara and beetroot. This for 36 Dollar - just a solid value. Not much to complain - except that the pomegranate truffle olive oil was missing ... (or so little?). The service was attentive - except for the final tea:... More 

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Thank BURGWIN
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on a whim, having just arrived in Nelson & strolled into town. The staff were super-friendly & really accommodating. The game fish of the day was marlin & was beautifully cooked & presented. Chips & aioli were top-drawer. Wine choices were good. Its very close to it's better known neighbour, Hopgoods where I have dined before -... More 

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Thank Pete B
Nelson, New Zealand
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The service was excellent. The food delicious. The outdoor seating was very nice. We enjoyed our meal.

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Thank Lynn R
Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just like their other restaurant Panama Fords wont let you down. Larger restaurant. More extensive menus more upmarket decor and feel. Food great service tops. I told you Panama you must include fords.

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Thank WoodhamG
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Fords twice in the space of 2 days - first for drinks after eating elsewhere and then for dinner and drinks the following night. The staff are all lovely and friendly with special mentions for Mimi, Rosie , Sandra and Maisie. We received excellent service and had a fabulous meal. Couldn't fault the place or the staff at... More 

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Thank Jill S
Wellington, New Zealand
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90 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love good coffee (yes even decaff!) this is a good place to go; they even have almond milk. The food can also be excellent. I say 'can be' because on our first visit (just before New Year) I had the mushroom omelette which was pretty near perfect, light and fluffy and full of flavour. It was so good... More 

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Thank Philippa G
Paso Robles, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent our New Year's Eve at Ford's where we had one of our best dinners in New Zealand - and the competition is stiff, believe me! The filet was melt-in-your-mouth tender, the duck was out of this world. Service was fabulous even on this most busy of evenings. I recommend you try out Ford's if you're in Nelson, don't... More 

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Thank MaryBlizzard
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Fords for a family dinner. The menu offered a good selection and each of us had different options we could have happily chosen. In the end all 4 of us opted for different main courses, each of which was delicious. Add efficient service to the equation and it is easy to see why the restaurant was full. Highly... More 

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Restaurant Details

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