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The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar

££ - £££
Italian, Pizza, New Zealand
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8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4421
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16:30 - 23:00
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Sun 16:30 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

... we walked past this place twice and finally popped in for dinner. My kids had a ball making things out of pizza dough to bake in the oven. Staff we fantastic - kids wanted to "build your own" pizza's which were actually pizzas on the menu Hawaiian and Chicken Cranberry Brie and the staff played along beautifully! The pizzas... More 

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Thank bronwynb900
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The pizza was very tasty, I would recommend this food to anyone. However, we were really disappointing and shocked how the staff were being treated by their manager. We heard a lot shouting and swearing on his behalf, which I really didn't want my children hearing. The restaurant wasn't particularly busy so I was confused as to what was so... More 

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our son has Aspergers and doesn't normally enjoy eating out. Often he sits with a small plate of plain chips or a bowl of boiled rice. Things that are " different" than his normal can really upset him. But we were welcomed, the waitress was gorgeous ( kind and sweet to him) and so bubbly and made a connection that... More 

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Thank 6starkplace
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

We thank you for your review and hope to see you again soon. More 

Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dropped in for dinner at last minute and was very impressed. Waiters were very attentive and friendly and food was gorgeous. Didn't try the pasta, but pizza was fantastic and tiramisu dessert was one of the nicest I've tried. Highly recommended.

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Thank Lpac2016
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

We thank you for your review and hope to see you again on your next visit to Nelson. More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am usually not one to write a bad review but we were extremely disappointed with our meals tonight. The pizza was at best OK but definitely not a "gourmet pizza" as advertised and not worth what you pay for it. The restaurant was very very hot and my husband was served a flat on tap beer. Overall very underwhelming... More 

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Thank Shannon S
Wellington, New Zealand
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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent 5 nights over the Christmas break in Nelson, staying at a motel in Tahunanui. One evening we felt like pizza and walked down to Hot Rock. We arrived early and got a table immediately. The service was friendly and prompt. There was a good selection of drinks and the pizza we ordered was very freshly made and very... More 

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Thank SWGH123
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

Our team would like to thank you for your kind and accurate review. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very impressed when we walked in to this bar. We were greeted immediately even though it was very busy. A table was organised quickly to fit an extra 2. Waitress was very pleasant and food service did not take long at all. Recommend Hot cicken pizza.The bowl of wedges could of been bigger though. They were overpriced for... More 

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Thank pauldeb_13
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly, what a shambles. I'm giving this place one star for my child's small pizza, & for the service from the two lovely female waitresses- that's it. We waited over an hour for our mains, & what we received was something akin to what you'd eat at a school camp. A really crap school camp. Dry as old socks pizza... More 

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

Yes, Kirsty, you definitely did not receive our normal kitchen service on the evening you visited. We were extremely busy, being peak holiday season in Nelson. You are correct noticing everyone else to be receiving food and service without complaint. Unfortunately your mains were not prepared in a timely manner and for that we apologise again. I discussed this with... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had high hopes based on the menu which looked great, but the food turned out to be very average and overpriced, and the customer service was poor. Three of us ordered Coronas to begin with but the waitress brought three Peronis instead. We pointed out the mistake but instead of apologizing she just said "I heard Peroni" and left... More 

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

I'm sorry to now learn of your experience and have discussed this with our front of house team. The waitress should have certainly offered to replace the Peronis with the Coronas you ordered and this obviously put a dampener on your visit. We hope our service meets your expectations on your next visit. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Great service, friendly, ordered Takeout was ready when I arrived. Really tasty. Would go back. Looks like they have great Pizza's, I had pasta

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Thank northchick2016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$21
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, New Zealand
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 22:00
Monday
16:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 23:00
Thursday
16:30 - 23:00
Friday
16:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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