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Food and restaurants in Nelson

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my favorite place for dinner. Excellent food, always a pleasure. Booking essential.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our favorite, no bookings, so you may need to wait but no usually for too long. Its always humming and busy whatever night you go and the food is amazing. If you are looking for an experience this is the place to go. We recommend if possible to grab a seat along the bench by the open kitchen, you get to see what they do plus you may get an extra treat. Even the little dots of sauce on your plate burst with flavor. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best Vegetarian Restaurant in town! Ecclectic Decor and atmosphere to boot! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Not just fish on the menu! Eat central Nelson, (next to the Cathedral steps). Recommended: the view down Trafalgar street from the upper steps.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“$$-$$$ Splendid food and service. Beautiful view (choose the upstairs seats by the window). A very reasonable price, considering the quality they offer. A hidden gem!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Short bike ride from Nelson, great food and beverage and an awesome spot. Wakefield Quay. lots to see. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Friends have recommended and it is just a short ebike ride from town? Thai with a twist. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

Cafes

Art Gallery
“The Cafe is lovely set on the outskirts of the gardens, there's a fantastic gift shop with a lot of local artists and potters work available for sale. The galleries are fantastic!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Perhaps Nelson’s most popular beachfront​ restaurant with award-winning cuisine, specialising in local seafood. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Cafe
“Situated in what was a garden centre back in the 1970's and 80's, most of the cafe is in an enclosed courtyard with some inside tables in a cosy space next to the counter and kitchens. I love Deville's atmosphere - all kinds of Nelsonians and tourists come in for a coffee and their excellent food. Their date scones are big, full of dates and delicious, especially if you come in early when they are just out of the oven. Another favourite is the Caesar Salad. It is occasionally also a music venue at night. Deville can't be beaten as one of Nelsons many gems.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Good selection of drinks and snacks, lunches etc., in a relaxed atmosphere centrally located.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“Only a few minutes walk down Collingwood Street, the best Indian food you'll find anywhere!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“A local favourite. Luncheons Wednesdays through Fridays, dinners Fridays. Often hosts live entertainment.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great little cafe very close to the water. They hire out stand up paddle boards and the coffee is very cheap ($3.5 for a flat white)..”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“This place can cover most allergies. Beautiful food - Gluten free , dairy free , paleo....”
  • 9 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“Tiny hole in the wall shop has best real sourdough bread in Nelson (all NZ?) plus a selection of tempting treats. Look for the old fashioned pushbike outside on the street.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
“Exceptional coffee and baked goodies – cut through the alley behind the Warehouse”
  • 1 local recommends
Cafe
“Great Breakfasts, cosy, friendly, very close in the pedestrianised area oppos8te c.athedral steps.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Convenience Store
  • 1 local recommends