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The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar

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8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-546 4421
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16:30 - 23:00
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Wellington, New Zealand
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201 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We spent 5 nights over the Christmas break in Nelson, staying at a motel in Tahunanui. One evening we felt like pizza and walked down to Hot Rock. We arrived early and got a table immediately. The service was friendly and prompt. There was a good selection of drinks and the pizza we ordered was very freshly made and very... More 

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Thank SWGH123
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

Our team would like to thank you for your kind and accurate review. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We were very impressed when we walked in to this bar. We were greeted immediately even though it was very busy. A table was organised quickly to fit an extra 2. Waitress was very pleasant and food service did not take long at all. Recommend Hot cicken pizza.The bowl of wedges could of been bigger though. They were overpriced for... More 

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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Honestly, what a shambles. I'm giving this place one star for my child's small pizza, & for the service from the two lovely female waitresses- that's it. We waited over an hour for our mains, & what we received was something akin to what you'd eat at a school camp. A really crap school camp. Dry as old socks pizza... More 

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Thank Kirsty L
Ray W, Owner at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

Yes, Kirsty, you definitely did not receive our normal kitchen service on the evening you visited. We were extremely busy, being peak holiday season in Nelson. You are correct noticing everyone else to be receiving food and service without complaint. Unfortunately your mains were not prepared in a timely manner and for that we apologise again. I discussed this with... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We had high hopes based on the menu which looked great, but the food turned out to be very average and overpriced, and the customer service was poor. Three of us ordered Coronas to begin with but the waitress brought three Peronis instead. We pointed out the mistake but instead of apologizing she just said "I heard Peroni" and left... More 

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2 Thank Joelle A
Ray W, Manager at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

I'm sorry to now learn of your experience and have discussed this with our front of house team. The waitress should have certainly offered to replace the Peronis with the Coronas you ordered and this obviously put a dampener on your visit. We hope our service meets your expectations on your next visit. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Great service, friendly, ordered Takeout was ready when I arrived. Really tasty. Would go back. Looks like they have great Pizza's, I had pasta

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Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We visited Nelson last week after walking the Heaphy Track and came back and stayed at the Aloha Lodge for 7 nights. About 2 minutes away was the Hot Rock Pasta bar. We had our first dinner there the second night we discovered this lovely little place. Our meal was beautiful so we returned three more times and all meals... More 

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Thank guyanddebra
Ray W, Manager at The Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar, responded to this review

Hello Guy and Debra. Thank you for your kind review. We're delighted to have had the opportunity to host you and hope to see you on your next visit to Nelson. More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Small quiet, comfortable pizza eatery. The service is personal and of high quality. The food is wonderful and the beers are great. All well priced.

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Thank leesport
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The young staff are nice and tried their best but they don't appear to have received any training. My wife's pasta was gluggy, I had the pot of mussels and it had 11 tiny mussels, my wine was a small portion. The venue has a nice dark decor and the lighting is just right. But it's echoey and lacks ambience.... More 

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Ashhurst, New Zealand
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Just wanted a quick takeaway meal, as had had a long day. Ordered our Pizza and wedges, and with a short wait they were ready. I knew immediately we were going to enjoy this meal, as the smell that we experienced on our short walk to the beach was overwhelming. Great pizza, great service, worth the visit.

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Thank Sambuca2015
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Delicious gourmet pizzas tonight in Nelson.Excellent friendly service at. Hot Rock Pizza Bar. We recommend them for a great night out with reasonable prices.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$21
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 22:00
Monday
16:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 23:00
Thursday
16:30 - 23:00
Friday
16:30 - 23:00
Saturday
16:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Tahunanui Drive | Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 4421
Description
Welcome to the home of award-winning gourmet pizza in Nelson. Excite your tastebuds with our special wood-fired pizzas, be entertained by our lively atmosphere and treat yourself to a great night at The Hot Rock! Perfect for sharing with friends, or the whole family - we look forward to hosting you...

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