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Nicola's Cantina

6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 8761
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“burrito” (18 reviews)
“tacos” (10 reviews)
“guacamole” (9 reviews)
Opens in 24 min
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I hope we were unlucky and just experienced Nicola’s on a bad night! It is not the biggest of restaurants but they have tried to cram far to many tables into the available space. This led to a claustrophobic atmosphere lacking in privacy. Much as...More

1  Thank redsgothenburg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I would previously have said this was one of my favorite Nelson restaurants but our last visit wasn’t great. The waiting staff were young and friendly but there were definitely language issues that led to wrong drinks. We were also asked by a succession of...More

Thank tonydavies2
Nicola C, Owner at Nicola's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Tony, We have reviewed the night ourselves and feel your review is fair. Sorry you got the 'one off crappy day'. Saludos Nicola and Ross

Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Waited an hour after ordering our food bearing in mind it was Valentine’s Day. When it finally came my order was wrong. I ordered a vegan burrito but it had cheese in it from a dirty knife. Staff were not very good, rushing us with...More

Thank katyb12345
Reviewed 6 February 2018

A lot of work put into the decor of the place and they were excellent. There's huge rubbish bins outside at the little alley but was semi hidden with the blurry windows looking out. Order taker seemed to be a bit timid while taking our...More

Thank Stephy_SL
Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is the 3 rd time I have eaten at Nicola’s and I was not disappointed. Food was great and so as the service. Definitely the best Mexican I have had in NZ.

Thank Heather D
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. We ordered burritos and nachos both of which lakes seasoning and needed jalapeño sauce to liven it up. The service was ok. The margaritas where very nice though. All in all an average Mexican restaurant which would struggle to...More

Thank 642graemej
Reviewed 31 January 2018

Staff forgot to book us in after reserving a table 2 days prior. Was given 4 different waiters 2 of which could not speak English. waited 25min for our starter (corn chips & dips) then another 30min for our main! The restaurant was quiet too....More

Thank Melanie C
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

A lot of care had gone into the attention to detail for this charming restaurants decor. Food arrived fast and was enjoyed by all.

Thank Andy D
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Food was watery & bland, even when doused in “hot sauce” & I don’t usually eat very hot food. Do not recommend! Rude owner also.

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 January 2018

The ceviche was predominately chopped avocado taking over any fish flavors as very little fish in this dish! Owner overbearingly rude and arrogant, fine until anyone complains as you can see in the threads on here, if you do they come out in a pair,she...More

3  Thank lulunelson
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-548 8761
Mexican Cantina that offers coffee, modern and traditional Mexican meals and Mexican inspired cakes and deserts. Fresh ingredients, delicious food for reasonable prices. All available to take away.
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