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New Zealand, Seafood, European
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27 Nile Street West | Trafalgar Square, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 2299
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Wellington, New Zealand
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63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing food. A great menu with something for everyone. This is a formal restaurant, yet with a friendly and casual approach. Good wine list and willing staff.

Thank nigeltrewhitt
AlexanderSiebentritt, Manager at Oceano, responded to this review

Dear nigeltrewhitt, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time with us at Oceano Panorama Restaurant. Much thought has gone into selected predominately local ingredients for our chefs to prepare. Our wine list has been put together with the aim to promote local wines as... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Rushed service, lack of knowledge of wine and menu. Very over priced for seafood that was not fresh. Presentation left a lot to be desired, we sat at a table that was not secured properly. We decided to leave before the main which we cancelled and to top off the very short evening were charged a surcharge for using our... More 

1 Thank gandgbohm
AlexanderSiebentritt, Manager at Oceano, responded to this review

Dear gandgbohm, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your review. I am sorry to hear that you were not able to enjoy your evening. We do believe that our prices are set to reflect the quality of food and we generally have good comments from all of our diners, taken your comments in consideration I... More 

Glenorchy, New Zealand
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

My partner and I went to dine in Oceano. I had not really heard much about it and now can't understand why! One of Nelson's little secrets that needs to be shared. The atmosphere was quiet and intimate, we sat near the windows which look out onto the cathedral. The beverage selection was impressive, my partner likes a whiskey now... More 

Thank Megan P
AlexanderSiebentritt, Manager at Oceano, responded to this review

Dear Megan P, thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to read how much you and your partner enjoyed our fair. Much thought has gone into our wine and beverage list with a focus on some very special sinlge malts in our Port O' Call Bar and a diverse selection... More 

Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 April 2016

I was taken here for dinner on Anzac Day. The waiting staff were excellent - friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was superb. I really appreciated the complimentary starter and bread with delicious house made pair of butters. I had the King Salmon Salad. The salmon was beautifully cooked and melt-in-the-mouth. The accompanying salad was very fresh and tasty. My... More 

Thank Adrienne M
AlexanderSiebentritt, Manager at Oceano, responded to this review

Dear Adrienne M, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your dinner with us. I have gladly shared your great comments with our teams and we are more than happy to take your comments regarding our sides selection into account when designing our new menu.... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

It was surprising that so few people were eating here, as the main dishes were individually cooked and beautifully presented. There are beautiful views from the windows on 2 sides, and service was excellent. The desert menu was rather restricted, giving rather little choice for residents eating there more than 2 or 3 times.

Thank susan19482014
AlexanderSiebentritt, Manager at Oceano, responded to this review

Dear susan19482014, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal and service at our restaurant. Equally I am sorry to hear that our dessert choice wasn't completely up to your liking. We do have a very talented team in our pastry who are more than... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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155 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2015

The in-house restaurant for the Rutherford Hotel (also has a Japanese restaurant). Not staying at the hotel so we entered from the outside via two long flights of external stairs - not particularly well signposted. Large dining room with approximately only half the tables set for evening meals. As the name implies this restaurant specializes in fish dishes. That said... More 

1 Thank alannevillenz
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 November 2015 via mobile

Myself and my husband were staying in Nelson for the evening (not in-house) and decided to try this place. The decor was a bit dated and there were not many other diners around (although one group of women and a couple of single diners) but we had a great meal. Quickly attended to by a charming waitress "Rachel", we had... More 

Thank Eileen K
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2015

As kiwi's, we tend not to say anything when the meal is bad and just do this and write a review afterward. This was the first time EVER I have told the waiter I wasn't happy with the meal at the time. During our stay in Nelson, most of my dinner choices weren't good, this was just another one of... More 

Thank Flyin_Kiwi
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015

This restaurant consistently offers good dining experiences. The food is reasonable value for money with a fair number of options that should suit most diners.

1 Thank Michael E
Blenheim, New Zealand
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226 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

Often when staying in a hotel you go out for a meal and then get told there is a fantastic restaurant in house! So we chose to dine in house. Only 4 tables in use including us. I ordered the herb crusted groper and was served 40 minutes later plain groper which was very dry and overcooked with no sauce.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
New Zealand, Seafood, European
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 Nile Street West | Trafalgar Square, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 2299
  • This restaurant is at Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Whether you're looking to fuel up with a delicious breakfast at our Oceano Restaurant or wanting to quench your thirst at the Port o' Call Bar after a big day exploring New Zealand's sunshine capital, we'll have something to suit your needs.

For dinner Rutherford Hotel Nelson has two highly regarded restaurants onsite, with Oceano offering an a la carte dinner menu, and Miyazu serving Japanese cuisine created using the freshest New Zealand produce.

Before heading out for the day enjoy a relaxed breakfast soaking up the early morning sun at Oceano Restaurant.

For evening dining, Oceano truly captures the essence of Nelson offering the freshest produce cooked to perfection, when in season select a crayfish from our live tank and have it cooked to your liking, the theatre kitchen

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