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Wafu Bistro

80 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 1231
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  • Very good16%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
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“sushi” (14 reviews)
“chawan mushi” (2 reviews)
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Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
80 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely restaurant. I had the Chawan-Mushi for Starter and it was superb. Delicious flavors and texture. For main I had the Dragon Sushi roll. Beautifully made and presented. Can honestly say it was the best sushi I have eaten. However priced at $26 it don't...More

Thank Ash_Katchem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our wish list was to have sushi and this place did not fail. It does not get any better, the service and mazing food was delicious. I would go there everyday if I was living in Nelson, but sadly will treasure the memories. It was...More

Thank Elena B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It doesn’t get much better, food amazing, service amazing ,Youki amazing amazing we have been on many occasion and it’s consistently perfect.

Thank ruakoura
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Thanks so much for providing an awesome night with wonderful gluten free options including tempura prawns. The Kauri platter was amazing and the non GF eaters loved the dragon roll and squid. The beer smelled awesome and the non GF drinkers loved the taste. Well...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Wafu is a small bistro that offers exquisite Japanese food either at a table or at the chef's bar. The service is nicely paced and friendly, and the menu is varied so you could just have a snack or a banquet! There is also a...More

Thank Alyson B
Reviewed 3 July 2018

If you are looking for real Japanese Sushi, this is the best option in region. Many place are doing too much occidental influenced sushi, Sushi master Yuki in Wafu Bistro makes wonderful authentic sushi. His passion, fresh products carefully selected by him, and his knife...More

Thank arepita_rellena
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The best Sushi I've found in New Zealand! Was an amazing experience. Every dish was superb and fresh as! So glad to have such a great place in my hometown of Nelson! Thanks Uki!

Thank gypsygirlkrissy
Reviewed 24 March 2018

Lovely friendly staff, clean tidy restaurant. Yummy tempura vegetables, and delicious big tray of sushi and sashimi that we shared with the whole table. Attentive staff kept checking on drinks and replenishing water. Didnt feel like ate much but left feeling satisfied and best of...More

Thank elem7142
Reviewed 14 February 2018

A great place to eat if you would like a truly Japanese meal. The food is freshly made - the chef prepares most of it on the spot. Friendly service and delicious. After a disastrous Japanese meal in the awarding winning restaurant Miyazu in the...More

Thank sandyLimassol
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely meal here. Beautifully prepared and fresh ingredients showcasing the best of Japanese food. We sat at the bar watching the chef use his accomplished knife skills to create the perfect platter of sushimi and nigiri. There is a plentiful selection of...More

Thank Jacki H
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 1231
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