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Nicola's Cantina

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6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-548 8761
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came to Nicolas on a weekend away to nelson. Ended up having dinner twice. Eat here, order the beef tacos and margaritas match made in heaven. Great energy, great staff.

Thank Mary B
Westport, New Zealand
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had such a good time!! There were 6 of us on a Saturday night. The entrees were beautiful and the mains were good as well. Admittedly we also enjoyed several rounds of drinks. Can't wait to visit again!

Thank SarahRose974
Blenheim, New Zealand
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I'd heard this was good and called in. Utterly genius decor, bright and thoughtful and food to match. Had the ' caldo de res' a kind of chunky beef soup and a jalapeño maguerita, it was that kind of weather. Casualness is nice when you get the idea that everyone knows what they're doing. There is a genuiness and heart... More 

Thank Joeby2000
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Best Mexican food in Nelson! Best prawn quesadilla I've ever had and always impressed with my meal. Hardest part is choosing from their mouth watering menu of what to eat. Also luv the margaritas! Wonderfully helpful and friendly staff and great vibe. Highly recommended!!

Thank gypsygirlkrissy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So first time at nicolas- amazing food, great wait staff, poor service from the owner. Super concerned that we were delivered flour instead of corn tacos until they realised we were not gluten free. Booted off table by owner with noone waiting for a seat and still drinking wine. Second trip with friends. Good food again booted off table early... More 

Thank tacosrus
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a delightful spot. Yummy Mexican. Food for most Mexican lovers. Lots to mix n match. Lovely decor. The front doors are exquisite and friendly atmosphere. Only had a snack here which was delicious. Need to return to explore the rest of the menus. A difficult spot to get in for dinner. Best to book! It's a popular place and... More 

Thank Helena V
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wandered in because it looked quiet and pretty. Surprised by the food -- delicate and absolutely delicious. Perfect staff, great environment. I've been in NZ for 2 months, eating out a lot, all over the country, this is definitely the best meal I've had. (and just for a little added credibility, I've lived in California most of my life so... More 

Thank danielkempler
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the ceviche, and the pork burrito. We enjoyed it so much we decided to go back again this week , there are so many yummy things we wanted to try. It's busy and was really full for mid week. Lucky lady. We talked with Nicola herself and suggested she should come open one in our hometown. Staff... More 

Thank kiwijokers
Taupo, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2017

From the moment you walk in to Nicola's you are received like family. A very welcoming environment and the place is usually "buzzing". Staff are friendly and helpful with selections which does help as the menu is not your ordinary Mexican. There has been a lot of thought and care gone into the menu and each dish has its particular... More 

Thank jkloveday
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

After reading the reviews we chose to eat there but was disappointed We ordered 2 starters and 2 mains and a bottle of wine Half way through starters like 5 mins in our mains arrived We had only been there 20 mins As locals we thought food was average and felt very rushed Nelson has better

Thank Markbetty

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Groups, Kids
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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