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“Tasty lunch!”

Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery
Ranked #2 of 196 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$18
Cuisines: Bar, Gastropub, New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours
Description: 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!
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Great service and really nice food. Waitress was very attentive and explained the food well and the lamb was delicious! Cool venue inside

Thank JaneyOct1958
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Service brilliant (attentive, knowledgeable and friendly without being ‘in your face’), atmosphere relaxed and comfortable, the food - to die for!!!!

Thank DarwinRules
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Fully deserves the rating - service was fantastic and the food sensational. Matt and the team truly deliver a great experience and I'm gutted that I only have one day in Nelson. The popcorn chicken is ridiculously good and should be sampled by everyone. Great food, great service and a great venue. Thanks to ask for a thoroughly good evening

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

This bar has amazing service. Super friendly, helpful and cheery staff. Great food and good selection to choose from. Highly recommend it to couple's or groups for the sharing type of menu. Great manager, Matt and lovely staff

Thank Madi F
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

My partner and I had been unimpressed by the majority of the recommended restaurants on TripAdvisor all over South Island. Many of them were overrated and lacked real quality. Urban Oyster Bar and Eatery is not of those places. We went there 3 times in two days, because the food was on a whole different level to anything else we’d had on South Island. It is an Asian fusion restaurant featuring very inventive and innovative dishes, each one intricately and painstakingly designed by the chefs. By the time we left, there was nothing on the menu we hadn’t ordered. Having come from Sydney I can say this place would hold it’s own in the top 10 in any big Australian city. Matt (the head chef/manager) is Michelin-trained, and has worked with extraordinary chef’s like Marco Pierre White, so guess it is to be expected that the food would be this good.

Summary:
Food - 9/10 outstanding. Almost every single dish blew our minds. Recommendations include venison tataki and the pork belly bao bun. Of course the oysters were delicious.
Service - 9/10 despite being extremely busy at times the staff were very attentive, always up for a chat and never made a single mistake.
Prices - 8/10 most of the mains are between $20-$24 however every dollar spent is worth it. As the dishes are designed to be shared, ordering 3-4 dishes would mean about $50pp. Altogether a very fair price for fine dining level food.

If you are a fan of good food or are looking for the best meal in the South Island, look no further.

Thank Nikhil T
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