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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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276 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9400
08:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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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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Horsham, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Sat outside on the pavement to take in views of the Cathedral (almost) and avoid the bugs (not at all) wasn't a good start. Tapas was off after 6 (not going well). However, excellent glass of wine and Tapas style starters rescued the evening with fancy desserts providing the late winner!

Thank carefree2017
Iowa City
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ate here with my family on 02/13/17 and was thoroughly delighted ! Had their signature dish of a filet w/ prawns and it was simply the best meal I had on my entire 3 week vacation in NZ, period !

Thank ICIowa
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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441 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is rare that I am moved to enthuse about food as much as our dinner at Fords. They were fully booked so we had a pavement table. I had the marlin steak with rocket, feta cheese, crispy prosciutto, scallops and roasted melon. It was original and tasted out of this world. My husband enjoyed his fish of the day... More 

Thank Christine R
Amberley, New Zealand
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405 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a drink here one lunchtime then a great evening meal the following day. A Great gourmet meal with great wines, at a quite reasonable price. Definitely a place to visit. Great staff

Thank DavidGA986
Coventry, United Kingdom
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663 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came in here for a couple of coffees but you could see by the menu, furnishings and clientele that this is a high class champagne bar. Lovely.

Thank SteveS1970
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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636 reviews
383 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at our hotel and the owner recommended a few restaurants in town and Ford's Was one of them. We decided to have dinner here and had an outside table. I started with venison carpaccio with goats cheese and taboulah then for the main I had the game fish of the day blue marlin with scallops melon water melon... More 

Thank Moosie57
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101 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for dinner with no booking on a busy evening but they managed to find us a table very quickly. Staff were friendly & efficient, atmosphere lively & the food was very good as was the wine, I would certainly recommend a meal here.

Thank Sedateskier
Halifax, Canada
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for Valentine's day. .The restaurant was very busy. Great staff who were friendly and efficient. We both had the lamb dish as a main. It was excellent. Decent wine list. Very enjoyable

Thank Arthur6020
Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in for lunch - really enjoyed a fresh, light special and the welcoming friendly staff were a delight. Very pleasant!

Thank Don S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten breakfast here several times. Delicious food, attentive service and nice vegetarian food if you discuss with the staff. What I particularly like is that the staff ask if you need another coffee.... and I do!

Thank jacaranda360

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$26
European, Soups, New Zealand, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:30
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?