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Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery is Nelson's newest and most innovative dining experience. Don't be afraid to put your elbows on the table and engage us and your fellow diners. Get to know us and what's inspiring us today. We'll be delivering the things we're currently passionate about on each plate we serve. We hope you come with a curious spirit ready for the experience of what an eatery is all about. Our menu changes regularly with respect to what we are into at the moment, whether it's an ingredient, band, chef or current event. Our goal is to make everyone feel like whanau - whether it is your first or fortieth time. We believe that serving up good juju isn't just in the food and drink, but in
US$4 - US$17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Healthy, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gastropub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 10 August 2021

This is the sort of place where you can't make reservations, young chefs try out new flavour combinations, and the staff call you 'dude'. Lovely, interesting food.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

The pork hock is the new greatest dish in town. Had a bunch of out of town friends and the food really delivered. Thank Urban team.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 16 May 2021 via mobile

This was always our favorite nelson bar but the last few times i have been i felt the food was way too spicy and hot. The farm to plate beetroot was so spicy i couldn't eat it. This is a shame as I am put...off going back. Nothing needs to be that hot especially not sweet beetroot!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 24 April 2021

The food was outstanding! But it was let down with music that was far too loud. It felt like we were in a nightclub and it was only 7pm. We had to move to a different venue for more drinks just so we could talk....Consider turning it down until after 9More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 3 March 2021

This restaurant was initially overlooked as thought it looked expensive but disillusioned by all the run of the mill cafes around town, we got a recommendation by a local and it also came up under the 10 best cafes when you google looking for a...great place to eat. We had lunch here during the week on a Thursday so it was quiet. We sat in the window watching Nelson go by and enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal. We had an amazing waitress- helpful, friendly and informative. She knew her stuff ! The portions of the share plates often came in 3's and as there was only 2 of us she offered to adjust it to 2's so we could order more of a variety- an offer that went down very well. We had a number of dishes - the Beef Sliders, Ceviche Style Fish Taco, Brumby Prawn Steamed Buns, and our absolute favourite was the Fresh Fish Escabeche which was delicious- crispy rice, tasty togarashi seasoning/sauces which had a ginger and citrus tang - we had to reorder this as it was extremely delicious. The dishes were delivered by the chefs themselves. We treated ourselves to a couple of cocktails (Son of a Peach and Show Us Ya Spritz) and these were very yummy - strong and tasty with generous portions. I was told this restaurant had recently sold so presume this was still the old owner operating it and can only hope the quality and service is upheld so when we return to Nelson again, we can again enjoy everything this place had to offer. And further, my initial hesitation on the price- we were pleasantly surprised at what we paid considering the enjoyment we got from this experience.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 22 February 2021

After work get-together for six, small table but we couldn't hear ourselves speak, far too loud music, such a shame. The place was full and you could see people were struggling to communicate - and that's what everyone was there for, Friday after-work drinks, all...set to wind down. All our group felt the same, as did a couple of other people I spoke to over the weekend. Aside from that we really enjoyed the food (ceviche, pate, chicken, sliders), the service was excellent, staff members friendly and helpful despite being busy. Keep up the good work but please sort the music. Thanks.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 10 February 2021 via mobile

Limited vegetarian options. Not child friendly. No cooked fish options. Noisy. Mixed service- initially good, after moving outside became poor.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 6 February 2021 via mobile

As a local, for about four years I’ve been treating myself to a meal here from time to time. The quality of food and service remains consistently high. My favourite seating is at the bar overlooking the chefs. That way I can chat to them...about the food and their recommendationsMore

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 5 February 2021

Would not appeal to all. Music too loud, dishes too spicy and hot, They did try but would not return as I'm an older age bracket and must avoid hot and spicy.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 5 January 2021 via mobile

Went here for a lunch date just after Xmas and we where amazed at how beautiful the food was. Perfectly balanced with the freshest fish I've ever had. Try the escabeche picked fish and you won't go far wrong. Will definitely return next time we...are in town.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5