A selection of restaurants & cafes for you to enjoy while spending your time in Nelson


Boat Shed

Or make a candle-light night of it. The Boatshed offers unhurried dining with a superb range of all that Nelson is famous for.

In season seafood like oysters, scallops, blue-nose or snapper, deliciously prepared meats, tasty vegetarian dishes and desserts that make indulgence irresistable.

Some of Nelson's finest award winning vineyards are located close to Mapua and the Boatshed offers a variety of acclaimed chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.



Established in 2008, FORD’s has a reputation for quality dining. Janette is a classically trained chef with many years of experience in the industry.

She believes that many chefs over complicate meals and prefers an approach to cooking which allows the individual ingredients to standout.

The goal is to respect the ingredients and let them sing. We combine these flavours with a quality wine and great service to provide a great dining experience


Harry's Hawker House

Harry’s is ideally located right on Nelson’s main restaurant and bar hub, at the top of Trafalgar Street. The atmosphere is dark and rich on the inside with good music and has outside seating as an option.

They have a great cocktail, wine, craft beer and awesome whiskey menu.

The food is a European take on Asian cuisine, with an authentic feel. It is good. I would say that they do veer towards spicy, so if this isn’t for you be sure to mention it to them.

During summer they are super busy on the weekends, with the bar side of the restaurant really kicking off. Its is a cool vibe but pretty loud at times.

I would recommend Harry’s if you like Asian style hot-food.



Owner Matt Bouterey’s, a Michelin-trained chef, with some of the greats including Anthony Demetre, Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White.

They are open from 11 pm all day from Tuesday to Saturday, except for Monday which is open from 4 pm, closed on Sundays.

The food is a combination of casual and fine dining, the produce is sourced from local suppliers and you get the feeling that their standard of quality and presentation is important to them. The menu is designed to be shared, or not, it doesn’t really matter.

The drinks list is comprised of local craft beers, a beautiful wine list and tequila sipping menu. Plus everything else you would expect, they do it well.

The staff are relaxed and accommodating, sometimes taking a seat while explaining what’s on offer and the chefs are flexible with the menu in terms of offering alternatives for vegetarian options which is always a good sign.

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