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FORD'S Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
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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
Today
09:00 - 22:30
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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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Napier, New Zealand
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55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Wandered into Nelson City today as we are here for the weekend, and discovered Ford's. Beautiful meal and great selection of wines by the glass. The calamari was Devine and the pan seared fish of the day cooked perfectly - succulently moist and beautiful flavour. Beautifully presented fresh food without over adulteration! We just might have to go back for... More 

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Thank Michael L
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

By far the best Lunch I have had in ages. Cooked perfectly, well priced and great service. Think her name was Amber didn't over do it but took great care of us 👍🏼👍🏼

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Thank Pog C
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great food, great location. Strongly recommend the Mediterranean couscous. I've also had great feedback from friends who also tried Ford's.

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Thank Francis S
Noosa, Australia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Snapper was exceptional, cooked to perfection. and the Game of the Day - Blue Marlin - was very good too. Incorporating fruit into salsas and the coconut with calamari for a starter all worked well and gave an original twist. Decor could really do with an update at the back end of the restaurant.

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Thank James L
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your feed back and will be updating the restaurant decor this coming winter which is exciting! More 

Oakland, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In our short experience in NZ, my partner and I had a hard time finding restaurants that served fresh, organic meals that weren't processed, "pub food", and/or covered in mayonnaise. Perhaps this is because we didn't have a lot of time in each city or perhaps because NZ is basically a mini-Britain... Anyway! We stopped at Ford's for dinner one... More 

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Thank alexandraoakland
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great feedback, so delighted you enjoyed it! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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491 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We've enjoyed our fish of the day very much: A tasteful tender panseared Nelson Snapper with crumbed button mushrooms, roast kumara and beetroot. This for 36 Dollar - just a solid value. Not much to complain - except that the pomegranate truffle olive oil was missing ... (or so little?). The service was attentive - except for the final tea:... More 

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Thank BURGWIN
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry about delay on the tea but so glad you enjoyed your main course! Thank you for letting us know! More 

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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on a whim, having just arrived in Nelson & strolled into town. The staff were super-friendly & really accommodating. The game fish of the day was marlin & was beautifully cooked & presented. Chips & aioli were top-drawer. Wine choices were good. Its very close to it's better known neighbour, Hopgoods where I have dined before -... More 

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Thank Pete B
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again when you are next in town! More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The service was excellent. The food delicious. The outdoor seating was very nice. We enjoyed our meal.

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Thank Lynn R
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you Lynn! So glad you enjoyed it and for letting us know! More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Just like their other restaurant Panama Fords wont let you down. Larger restaurant. More extensive menus more upmarket decor and feel. Food great service tops. I told you Panama you must include fords.

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Thank WoodhamG
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed Fords as much as Panama! Thank you so much for your feed back and support! More 

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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Fords twice in the space of 2 days - first for drinks after eating elsewhere and then for dinner and drinks the following night. The staff are all lovely and friendly with special mentions for Mimi, Rosie , Sandra and Maisie. We received excellent service and had a fabulous meal. Couldn't fault the place or the staff at... More 

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Thank Jill S
Fordnelson, Manager at FORD'S Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! We love that you enjoyed our staff as much as we do! You both were such fun and we hope you pop in next time you are in town! More 

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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$ 26
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?