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Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery

$$ - $$$, Seafood,
278 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 7861
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (61 reviews)
“sliders” (38 reviews)
“sashimi” (29 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
278 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great food, service and local wine. The oysters and Moroccan lamb were especially good. Definitely one of our best meals in Nelson.

Thank GringoAngMo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was some of the best food we had in our 2.5 weeks in New Zealand! Great ambience and loved their use of local ingredients. All the dishes were amazing, we had oysters, sashimi, and shared an entree. Make sure to eat here when your...More

Thank sfagin0
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are spending any time in Nelson, this is the restaurant to go to . Real casual, with an extensive wine and beer list, with outstanding food.

Thank 6RobertR
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere, great staff, great drinks, what more could you want?! Highly recommend this place and if you’re dining as a couple, I recommend sitting by the kitchen.

Thank Alysha V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed an evening here recently. Menu is tapas style. Staff knowledgeable, particularly about the oysters and local wines. The gentleman who looked after us also works in the kitchen and is knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant for a night out in Nelson.

Thank John W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So good we came back the next day for lunch. Everything we ordered was bursting with flavor and expertly balanced. The fish changes by day, and favorites were the seafood escabeche, smoked pork empanada, and JayJay’s chocolate rocher. The venison tataki was also a treat....More

Thank 401rhino
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chef Matt Bouterey keeps the menue interesting, dishes delicious and great ingredients and presentation. I can highly recommend the sashimi on black ink crackers - delicious!

Thank barbaraebner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at 6.30pm on a Friday night to find all the tables outside and around the bar area full but found the bench next to the cooking area. Cooking staff were chatty and partially explained the menu and sharing style until a helpful water...More

Thank LandN449
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great night at the Urban Oyster Bar We sat at a bench overlooking the kitchen I always enjoy seeing a run well kitchen and this pace runs like clock work . We felt like we had own personal chef thanks Sara for...More

Thank raglantripper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had been unable to get a reservation at the NMIT Cafe for our last dinner in Nelson, so wandered a couple of blocks to URBAN, having read their review on TA. Fortunately, we arrived early enough to get a seat at the bar overlooking...More

Thank Eatsmeister
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$17
Bar, Seafood, Wine Bar, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 278 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 7861
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Urban Oyster Bar & Eatery is Nelson's newest and most innovative dining experience. Don't be afraid to put your elbows on the table and engage us and your fellow diners. Get to know us and what's inspiring us today. We'll be delivering the things we're currently passionate about on each plate we serve. We hope you come with a curious spirit ready for the experience of what an eatery is all about. Our menu changes regularly with respect to what we are into at the moment, whether it's an ingredient, band, chef or current event. Our goal is to make everyone feel like whanau - whether it is your first or fortieth time. We believe that serving up good juju isn't just in the food and drink, but in the attitude and atmosphere which makes Urban the perfect place to stop in and refuel. Our menu is innovative and fresh .. Enjoy a freshly shucked oyster or for the more courageous crispy pigs ears! We have no reservations which applies does not apply to groups of 8 or more. Feel free to share a table with some locals, or visitors for that matter. Eating is a sharing experience!
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