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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
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Today
09:00 - 21:30
Open now
All hours
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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here a few times and have never had a bad meal. Favourites are tapas and the chef has been very kind doing them before 3 got lunch if they are not busy. Nice outdoor area

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Thank delphi1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a visitor from Perth, WA. I enjoyed many meals, desserts, coffee etc from this awesome place in Nelson. Great atmosphere, great service from staff and managers. Highly recommend. Best food in town. Thank you.

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Thank Maree-Garry W
Nelson, New Zealand
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Delightful food, service and atmosphere. Our tender steaks were cooked perfectly. Staff were attentive. Our window seat enabled us to enjoy both an inside and outside experience.

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Thank Vic E
Christchurch, New Zealand
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As we didn't come here for dinner last night, we decided to come for breakfast..... not my best decision. I had very high expectataions and maybe that's where I went wrong. I had the muesli with craisins which was fine... standard toasted muesli with about 6 craisins on top, a jusg of milk and a container of yoghurt with a... More 

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Thank ukkird
Nelson, New Zealand
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a rainy Saturday mid-morning, needless to say the place was packed as there is not much seating in this restaurant. However, a small table for two was just available. Although busy we were looked after and our coffees eventually came. We come here regularly and know the breakfasts are usually good. We both ordered egg bene, one... More 

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Thank elem7142
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had great meal at Fords. Tried the signature dish - Angus Fillet. Tender and melt in the mouth. Loved the king prawns that came with it, could have eaten just a bowl of these as they had ja great smoky flavor! My husband had Tasman Bay Snapper with Filo asparagus, very nice meal. Can definitely recommend the cocktails too -... More 

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Thank Aileen A
Nelson, New Zealand
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went with a couple of girlfriends for dessert. We often choose Fords because the desserts are reliably yummy and this time didn't disappoint. Only downside was this time we had to sit at the bar as it was so busy and it took a long time for dessert to arrive. But all in all we enjoyed ourselves.

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Thank GE_2012
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and hot drink were awesome. The tea was beautifully presented and all hot drinks came with a tidy but delicious treat. It was super busy and the staff handled themselves very well under the pressure. We would go back.

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Thank KazzaTravel
Nelson, New Zealand
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Have always enjoyed Fords and this time was no different. Staff were friendly and attentive despite being very busy with a large group of cheese enthusiasts who were in the upstairs section all night. We looked at several nearby restraunts and Fords menu was a little more interesting than the others. Food was cooked to perfection and very tasty, the... More 

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Thank Reid F
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

A very friendly environment. Perfectly cooked poached eggs. Great coffee. It was nice to be able to take our time and just relax.

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Thank Graeme S

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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$25
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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?