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Nellies Bar & Grill @ Hotel Taieri

3 star rating
12 reviews

Cuisine: Gastro Pub Food, Bar Food

6 Gordon Rd
Dunedin City
03-489 5062


  • Mon – Sun from 9am

Nellies Wine Bar & Restaurant at Hotel Motel Taieri

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12 Reviews for Nellies Bar & Grill @ Hotel Taieri

21st April 2014
2 star rating
Unfortunately Nellies food has deteriorated a lot since I last went there several years ago. I went with two others today and we were all disappointed. We won’t be going back

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J T.


21st January 2014
2 star rating
We dined at Nellies on the 17th December, a group of nine of us. We had barely sat down and relaxed and were being asked for our orders. I would not recommend getting the Chicken Country Salad, it was terrible. The lettuce was all soggy under the cooked veggies, there was hardly any chicken or bacon and it was definitely a LIGHT meal served in a bowl but had an outstanding price of $25. We were never asked at all how any of our meals were and in the end we did complain about the salad. We used to come at least three times a year, a group ranging from 9 to 15 but we will not be going back. I did contact Nellies the day later and got no reply.

Visited December 2013

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28th December 2013
1 star rating
Previously I have been to this restaurant every time I come to Dunedin and I have always maintained that the food would compare favorably to any five star restaurant elsewhere in the country with the food being fresh and using only the best ingredients and so on. Unfortunately I was quite disappointed this trip and I would describe the food as tasteless. We both ordered chicken stuffed with cranberry and brie, except there was very little brie and the ingredients used were clearly on the cheaper side. The salad consisted of a small handful of greens in a very small bowl. Again tasteless. We were told that we would get chips, but got a tasteless potato cake. The garlic bread previously was delicious, but they had even been stingy with the butter and garlic. The dessert was presented well as was the whole meal, but tasted of something factory bought. To top it off they were stingy with the wine. However, the meal was not cheap and the prices were on the high side. The decor also left a bit to be desired. Because we phoned up and booked we had the pleasure of being seated in a corner of the restaurant on something resembling garden furniture being sturdy and hard. After sitting for an hour or so on it I had a sore back. Moreover, my mother complained that the seats were low and she felt like she was eating with her chin on the table. Previously I had been happy to pay the high prices, but I will not be back and it is a shame as I had previously really enjoyed eating here.

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8th August 2013
3 star rating
My friend & I went to Nellies last week for lunch. I hadn’t been in a few years so thought it would be a good change. Well alots changed.. food is good.. not enough… the salad? why does it have to be in another wee bowl on the plate? If you could call it a salad.. I find the size of the meals is ridiculous considering how much you have to pay … Well they must be doing something right, got heaps of customers.

Service was good, food was good… just not enough.. :)
I will be back though am interested to try more of the yummy food

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3rd August 2012
3 star rating
Had a business lunch with a colleague on a Monday which, understandably, is not their busiest day. I chose a dish described as beef & mushroom hotpot, which was a stew served in a vol-a-vent. Not the greatest stew, I didn’t think. The steak was diced very small and was quite hard and tough. The creamy potatoes, carrots and broccoli were fine but the vol-a-vent was drowned by the stew and consequently very soggy. My colleague opted for blue cod & chips and said he enjoyed it although a bit on the scimpy side. The waiter was pleasant enough and the service was prompt.

Visited July 2012

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26th April 2012
2 star rating
Visited lunchtime today for their $12.50 Roast of the Day. Very well and originally presented, but actual quality disappointed me. The beef was stringy and tough, and parsnip (IS that what it was?) was wizened and tough like old boots. On the plus side I guess the carrots were cut in a cute way I’ve never seen, and the kumara and potato were ok!

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6th October 2011
1 star rating
I have been a regular here for the last 4 years or so. Recently since the menu and kitchen have been reworked I have been severely disappointed. The food has changed for the worse. I always get the chicken enchiladas with a variation to my liking. The new waitresses since the changes for the last 4 times I have visited have questioned my changes. It had never been a problem before! The salad that accompanies the meals has also changed. It used to be an enjoyable salad with a lovely dressing. Now it is a salad that does not suit everyone’s tastes especially mine. The waitresses are also rude especially when they say my changes will incur extra charges every time I visit even though I am a regular and I know of the surcharges.

Overall the last 4 times I have eaten there since the kitchen and staff changes have been unsatisfactory and I have since stopped eating there. Disappointing as the chicken enchiladas used to be my favourite.

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E J.


21st July 2011
4 star rating
Have never been disappointed here. Excellent food, service and ambience make it the place we’re most likely to frequent for special or casual dining out!

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17th April 2011
4 star rating
Great food, friendly staff and lots of choice on the menu. I’m a regular!

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28th November 2010
4 star rating
Food and service is always of a very high standard. Very family friendly and large portions mean pretty good value for money. Happy to tweak dishes to suit dietary requirements without any fuss.

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3rd October 2010
5 star rating
The food here is delicious and is consistently great. Prices are not steep for such a huge portion and the waitresses are friendly and helpful.
I dined there last night in a group of 10 and all the mains came out together, there wasn’t a long wait like you can sometimes get as a larger group.
Well done Nellies

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7th April 2010
5 star rating
Great meal, fast service, food was awesooome!!!.

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