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The Sands Fish and Chips

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Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand
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623 Rocks Road | The Sands Complex, Shop 1, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-539 6161
Today
11:30 - 19:30
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 18:30
Fri - Sun 11:30 - 19:30
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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344 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch at the beach seemed to be the best thing to do on a great Nelson afternoon. We were across the road from Sands and had often thought to try the place. A special of orange roughy and chips was on offer so of course had to try that. The fish was very fresh and the light batter crispy. The... More 

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Thank Buckoinchch
Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped into The Sands fish and chips to enjoy some great food! Highly recommend this is a must! Great service, tasty food and owned by an Aussie chef ☺️

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Thank princess00011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful, excellent, groovy place with the most scrumptious fish, chips, chicken and so much more!!!! The person here has the most cool manner/service that everyone should look up to! Soooo good we're writing the review straight away!! THIS IS A MUST-GO-TO, the Sands.

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Thank Praisel K
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife Lorna and I have eaten lunch at this first class fish and chip shop, twice over the past 30 days. On our first visit we choose Blue Cod, which is a very tasty fish. Yesterday we chose Southern Whiting, this was a delicate fish with great taste, in my opinion better than Blue Cod. The fish and the... More 

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Thank Peter-A-R-J
Noosa, Australia
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114 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Super fresh fish, crispy batter, huge chips ... what more is there? Plenty of parking either roadside, across the road in a park or under the Sands building. The dude who cooks the fish is a master; eccentric, but a master nonetheless. Front counter is friendly. Quick service. We had cod and HUGE scallops. Delicious. Half scoop of chips is... More 

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Thank Jock G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Roy was very friendly and helpful, with exceptional service, best fish and chips in Nelson! Keep up the good work Roy!

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Thank Kan L
Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Definitely would not recommend. The fish was horrible, must have been in the freezer for quite some time, dry and not a nice taste at all. The chips were no better, totally dried out inside outside was far from crisp. Waste of time waiting and certainly felt ripped off

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Thank Joy C
Ashburton, New Zealand
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260 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We had an evening meal and breakfast at Sands and found the food a bit hit and miss. The scallop and prawn dish in the evening was very bland and the mussels small a rubbery. However breakfast was delicious and I would go back for the avocado smash any time.

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Thank Marg22
maturechef51, Owner at The Sands Fish and Chips, responded to this review

Hi buddy i think your post on here was ment for the sands brewery bar and kitchen lol, this the sands fish and chip shop site, cheers. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We were served by the lovely owner who was super friendly and helpful with my Gluten free questions. Huge gluten free range and absolutely delicious food.

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Thank Sarah F
Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I've written a few reviews 97% positive. This is the first time I've felt the need to write a review within an hour of the meal. $70 ordered, burgers passable if you like soggy bottom buns. Chips undercooked so of course soggy. Batter of hotdogs and flips, fish all undercooked. Worthy of all soggy batter for the Scallops a premium... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Fast food, New Zealand
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 19:30
Monday
11:30 - 18:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 18:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 18:30
Thursday
11:30 - 18:30
Friday
11:30 - 19:30
Saturday
11:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 623 Rocks Road | The Sands Complex, Shop 1, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-539 6161

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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?