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The Tides Restaurant & Bar

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66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 7049
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07:30 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun 07:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 21:30
Fri 07:30 - 22:00
Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Nelson, New Zealand
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196 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quality dishes and well prepared, cooked and presented. Good service with views out to the estuarine river.

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Thank JohnandTracy_L
Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have recently dined at Tides with a large group. The set menu had a good selection of choices. Both the mains, and the dessert I had were SCRUMPTDELICIOUS! The fish was cooked beautifully, and the dessert was smooth as silk. Other people at my table also complimented the food, and the presentation. I would certainly dine here again. The... More 

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Thank 0Judy0
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Your group was a pleasure to have dine with us and we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meals. We look forward to seeing next year for your pre-Christmas lunch. More 

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered the Macadamia nut crumbled chicken breast, what i got was deep fried breaded chicken with melted cheese and tomato sauce. Not a single green on the dish which i would have ordered as a side if it was explained no veges come with this dish. The service was slow, I ordered desert but after so long waiting I... More 

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Thank Duncan C
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are most disappointed to hear your feedback and that you feel there was a lack of care. I can assure you that our staff and management care for all our guests and the quality of service we provide. I have taken up your feedback with our Maître D and team of chefs. Our menu... More 

Waikato New Zealand
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner here while staying at Trailways and loved the atmosphere complete with a sunset backdrop and river views. Real candles would have made it a bit more special... My partner had the venison which was very much enjoyed, my risotto was a bit odd in the sense that it had nice-ish taste but not quite the right consistence of... More 

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Thank c0mmuter
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. I agree with you that the atmosphere at our Tides Restaurant is beautiful in the evenings with the sunset and rolling tide river. We are pleased you enjoyed your creme brulee and I will investigate with our team of chefs in regards to your risotto. While not all of our team of wait staff are... More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two couples- one of the best meals we have had out together in a long time. Had the Grab One special. Firstly we were served an unexpected starter of whipped avocado with bacon bits in filo pastry. 3 of us had the eye fillet cooked to our requirements. A good size portion of truffle mash and baby tomatoes in jus... More 

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Thank LoisMM
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and positive comments. The grab one deal is good value for money and we are pleased you enjoyed your meals, the service and the atmosphere of the tide coming in. We look forward to seeing you next time. More 

Sydney, Australia
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218 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An awesome restaurant on the river bank. A number of us were there and they very kindly gave us separate accounts. My fish was excellent. Seafood chowder was awesome and his lamb shank fell apart. Alcohol and food quite expensive, but when the food is this good it is worthwhile.

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Thank Sandra B
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and positive feedback. "Excellent Food" is like music to our ears and we are delighted that you enjoyed your meals and dining experience at The Tides Restaurant. We hope to see you again. More 

Nelson
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our third Grab One as previous meals have been superb. Had the fish and chips last night and this was such a let down, greasy and lacking the usual presentation. The dessert of crumble, was however, top class. Delicious. We will try another Grab One and choose another dish, as I know they can do better.

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Thank Suzanne M
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and feedback. It is great to hear that you have previously had great meals and desserts in our restaurant. However, it is most disappointing for us to hear that you did not enjoy your latest meal. I will ensure to follow this up and pass on your feedback. We hope to be able to impress... More 

Christchurch
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We stayed at the attached Trailways hotel so went here simply because it was close. Very gourmet food so not for the average nacho Eater. I had a beautiful vegetarian ravioli in a burnt butter sauce which was gorgeous. Th chocolate torte wasn't the best I'd ever had (tutto Bene in Christchurch! ) but till very nice. If I had... More 

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Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed our ravioli which is one of my favourite dishes as well. "beautiful food" is a welcomed compliment! I will ensure to pass on your feedback to our wait staff to achieve fantastic customer service for every diner. We hope to see you back at Trailways Hotel... More 

Motueka, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

11 months ago we visited The Tides and had a below average experience, this time has been a completely different experience, the service was spot on, the food was amazing(all 4 of us had something different and each dish was great) and the bar service was quick and efficient, would recommend people going here for a good nights dining, keep... More 

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Thank pcpomeroy
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Many thanks for sharing you positive experience. We a delighted to hear that your most recent visit included great service and amazing food. We look forward to providing more of the same dinning experiences. More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Really nice menu Food was very yum! Not the greatest ambience but a fantastic location. Food is presented very nicely. We will be back.

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Thank 232gerardw
Trailways, Front Office Manager at The Tides Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your meals and our great location. We look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:30
Monday
07:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 21:30
Thursday
07:30 - 21:30
Friday
07:30 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 66 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 7049

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