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$$ - $$$, Seafood, European
27 Nile Street West | Trafalgar Square, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 2299
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
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New Zealand, Seafood, European
$$ - $$$
27 Nile Street West | Trafalgar Square, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like the hotel this restaurant is very good.The food is great and the wine list nicely varied.We ate here twice and each time worth the visit

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank hbgser
Reviewed 28 November 2018

Greg's all round knowledge of the menu and drinks was superb.the meal was without fault, desserts, lovely. Best meal we have had in Nelson for along time.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank sjb21050
Reviewed 28 November 2018 via mobile

Our family have been wanting to go to Oceano for a while to try out their buffet breakfast and I am so glad we did. Service upon ringing to book was friendly and welcoming and then the same upon arrival. We were quickly seated and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 822gemmar
Reviewed 6 November 2018

It was a special birthday and we had read that Oceano had a new chef so we booked well ahead. After much delay they thought they might just be able to take four of us - if we came early. We booked for 5.45pm. When...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Graeme B
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Oceano is the house restaurant of the Rutherford Hotel. We stayed at the hotel for a week for a conference and dined here almost every night. Every dish ordered was wonderful. We were never disappointed. The seafood chowder is great.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ArohaCM
Reviewed 23 August 2018

The restaurant was completely empty, which took us by surprise as we had to make a booking. The staff were lovely but the waiter took us step by step through the menu which occurs to me could take up a lot of time if the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Holz64
Reviewed 4 April 2018

great food and service, for breakfast or dinner, relaxing meals both times, greatly appreciated after long trip

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank territraveller1000
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I don't think I've experienced service this bad ever! We had business visitors from overseas and unfortunately took them to Oceano. Appalling service. It took an hour for them to take our order. The waiter kept going off and doing other things. Drinks took ages....More

Date of visit: February 2018
6  Thank Kanuka1234
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Despite the restaurant only having 4 other couples dining, it took 10 minutes before we were greeted by wait staff at 7:30pm. 30 minutes to receive drinks (lychee margarita and a glass of Stoke NPA, and an hour before our entree was served (dumplings). It...More

Date of visit: February 2018
4  Thank yeahaboutthat
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Had an evening meal about 6pm, I thought service was a little slow considering there was only a few tables occupied. The meal I ordered was OK, I enjoyed the fresh vegetables, but the meat portion was a little dry and overcooked for my palate,...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank markshepherd2014
AlexanderSiebentritt, Manager at Oceano, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

Dear markshepherd2014, thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. I am disappointed to learn that your experience wasn't up to our usual standards for some parts of your meal. Your comments have been passed on to our teams and I am...More

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Restaurant Details

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  • 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, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Business meetings, Groups
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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