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“An amazing improvement, a restaurant to savour and enjoy!”

The Tides Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #17 of 179 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
London
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“An amazing improvement, a restaurant to savour and enjoy!”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We were tempted to eat at the Tides by a Grabone voucher. We had eaten there a couple of times several years earlier, dinner and at a breakfast event, and been very disappointed with the food and service so had given up on this venue. We decided to give it another try as the offer seemed genuine and the location is one of the best in the city, with beautiful river views. What an amazing improvement! We were immediately impressed by attentive service, front of house and table. Then the food arrived: not the meal we had ordered but first an amuse bouche of light salmon mousse in its delicate pastry shell, compliments of the chef. What an opening and a fine dining touch! We proceeded to our meal and it continued to impress: perfectly cooked steak,seared salmon fillet, Dauphinoise potatoes, individual side platters of attractively presented, seasonal vegetables, three different kinds, all fresh and full of flavour. Everything was delicious and portions generous. How pleasing to find good local wine, Tasman Bay Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, to accompany these dishes. We decided to share a dessert, spoilt for choice by the dessert menu, and opted for a chocolate selection: white and dark chocolate mousse with berry compote and ice cream. Again, it came on a platter, beautifully presented with extra chocolate decorations, clearly hand-made, tasting of good quality chocolate. All through the meal we could not help comparing each aspect with previous experiences. It was a delightful evening, we lingered to enjoy the meal, drink and ambience and complimented staff as we left. We have spoken with friends who have given it a try and commented just as we have done with surprise and great pleasure. We have been back since and eaten from the a la carte menu and left equally impressed. The standard set menus offer excellent choice and value. The management has changed radically all the restaurant offers. The chefs, front of house and table staff must all be complimented. We recommend this restaurant as one to savour and enjoy.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Lovetotravel4748
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Trailways, Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 15 April 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback on The Tides Restaurant, which I will definitely share with all our team. It is wonderful to hear that our on-going efforts to always provide the best have been successful and are appreciated. Our head chef takes considerable time to source the best quality products, and this certainly reflects in the calibre of the meals we offer.

We provide an extensive list of local wines, to highlight some of the great vintages available in our region, so I'm delighted you enjoyed these and that they complemented your meals.

Again, thank you for taking the time to post a review and we certainly look forward to hosting you again soon.

Kind regards
Sara and the team at The Tides Restaurant
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English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
“A Great Restaurant”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

We have travelled extensively and this restaurant is as good as we have experienced anywhere in the world. great service , excellent food and a very friendly atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2014
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Trailways, Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of The Tides Restaurant. It is always rewarding to hear that our efforts to provide the best service, food and overall experience are appreciated. I will share your comments with our entire team.
I hope you will visit us again next time you are in Nelson.
Kind regards
Sara and the team at The Tides Restaurant
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Nelson, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Great meal, attentive service”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

We recently dined here for the first time thanks to a Grabone voucher. There was an excellent choice of entrees on the special menu, and my beef filet was excellent. It was a generous portion with potato and topped with fried onion rings. My husband's selection of the breaded chicken breast was delicious, according to him. The highlight of the meal was the sticky date pudding, which will definitely have us returning. The meal was served in a timely manner, by attentive servers. Very enjoyable meal!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank suz952
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Trailways, Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Thank you for postings such a lovely review of The Tides Restaurant. Its wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your meal and made the most of the sticky date pudding, which is one of our many fabulous desserts. Definitely worth leaving room for them!
We would love to see you back again in the near future.
Kind regards
Sara and the team at The Tides Restaurant
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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“Superb anniversary meal”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We also had a grabone voucher and were delighted at the high calibre fine dining. The salmon was just right and my husbands steak perfect. Finished off with creme brûlée from a very impressive dessert menu. We will be back thank you!
I nearly forgot to mention the outstanding service. It was very busy by the time we left and the staff were very prompt with service and there were plenty of them.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Marg22
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Trailways, Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your meal at The TIdes Restaurant and Bar. We are pleased that you enjoyed your meal and our friendly service. I am particularly glad you enjoyed the Grabone menu, which offers our most popular mains.

It is rewarding to hear that our efforts to provide the best are appreciated. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

Kind regards
Sara and the team at The Tides Restaurant
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Nelson
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Well impressed”
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Went to The Tides on a Grab one deal, not sure what we expected, but were so surprised by the quality of the food. In fact it was so good we went there again before we came home. Had the ribeye steak and fruit salad on the 2 course meal menu, it was amazing. The food was hot and very well presented. The staff were helpful and friendly. Well done The Tides will definitely be back next time we are in New Zealand. Would certainly recommend it.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Carol P
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Trailways, Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, 31 January 2014
Thank you for your lovely review of The Tides Restaurant.

I'm delighted that you enjoyed your meal on the GrabOne deal, as we selected seven of our favourites dishes for the deal. The deal offers excellent value and has been very popular. And of course our set menu options, available year round, also provide premium dining at affordable prices.

We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in Nelson.

Kind regards
Sara and the team at The Tides Restaurant
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