Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Nelson

Cod & Lobster

Stellar cocktails and NZ's biggest selection of gin make Cod & Lobster's corner bar an essential destination, but this heritage space also serves up excellent food. Unsurprisingly, seafood is the main focus, so …
Top Choice Modern NZ in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

Boat Shed Cafe

Look past the slightly odd location – the cafe's waterfront pavilion is reached by travelling through the Mapua Leisure Park – and focus on views of nearby Rabbit Island and a menu combining diverse international in…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Nelson

Hopgood’s

Tongue-and-groove-lined Hopgood’s is perfect for a romantic dinner or holiday treat. The food is decadent and skilfully prepared but unfussy, allowing quality local ingredients to shine. Try the duck breast with che…
Top Choice Cafe in Motueka

Toad Hall

This fantastic cafe serves excellent breakfast and lunch dishes (think potato hashcakes and pork-belly burgers). Also on offer are smoothies, juices, baked goods, pies and selected groceries. Look forward to live mu…
Modern NZ in Nelson

Urban Oyster

Slurp oysters from the shell, or revitalise with sashimi and ceviche, then sate your cravings with street-food dishes such as kung pao Sichuan fried chicken or smoked-pork empanadas with charcoal shrimp mayo. Black …
Cafe in Nelson

DeVille

Most of DeVille's tables lie in its sweet walled courtyard, a hidden boho oasis in the inner city and the perfect place for a meal or morning tea. The food's good and local – from fresh baking to a chorizo-burrito b…
Cafe in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

Jester House

Long-standing Jester House is reason alone to take this coastal detour, as much for its tame eels as for the peaceful sculpture gardens that encourage you to linger over lunch. A short, simple menu puts a few twists…
Cafe in Motueka

Precinct Dining Co

At the northern end of town, Precinct Dining Co is a relaxed and versatile slice of well-priced cosmopolitan cool. Kick off with eggs Benedict and pea-and-chorizo smash for brunch, before returning at dinner for fis…
Cafe in Ruby Coast & Moutere Hills

Cellar Door

Relocated from its original location after a 2016 fire at the Waimea winery, Cellar Door is a very popular eatery near the rural town of Richmond. The all-day menu features enlivening salads, hearty burgers and eggs…
Cafe in Marahau

Hooked

This popular place reels them in, so dinner reservations are recommended. The art-bedecked interior opens on to an outdoor terrace with distracting views. Lunch centres on salads and seafood, while the dinner menu b…