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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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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We used (my partner and I) to go there quite often and recommend it to others. But lately, well our last 2 visit, I've been really disappointed by the food quality, it's tasteless now, something went wrong, maybe they try to cut the cost or...More

Thank HadrienL10
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

I have eaten at Nicolas a few times now but after last night I feel as if I have to write a review. We reserved a table for 4 and a high chair which we changed to a table for 5 on the day no...More

Thank GrandTour815866
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The food was sensational The service was awesome The atmosphere was quirky Wanting a restuarant to dine at, I would recommend.

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Reviewed October 4, 2018

The food was quite nice, nothing like Mexican food back home but we were not back home. Corona beer is always a bad sign for a Mexican type restaurant, (I think that Mexico is the only country in the world that does not sell this...More

Thank Michael B
Nicola C, Owner at Nicola's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Thank you for your feedback, we whole heartedly agree that you can't expect our food, made here in New Zealand to be like eating back home in México, not even the limes taste the same in NZ as they do in México! True Mexican food...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

The atmosphere and service is incredible. My friend's and I have claimed it as our favourite dinner spot! Food is reasonably priced & great range of mexican cuisine.

Thank Tayla_Macbeth
Reviewed September 21, 2018

The best Margarita's in Nelson along with fresh, tasty Mexican food. Friendly service and great atmosphere every night.

Thank Voyage817467
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

My partner and I have visited twice now and absolutely loved the food. We've had the same waitress both times as well and she's amazing! The night time atmosphere with all the lighting and candles was best, we'd been for lunch the 1st time and...More

Thank Ashley E
Nicola C, Owner at Nicola's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear you are enjoying our place.

Reviewed August 31, 2018

The meal of char grilled meat and salad is great. Other members of our family including teenagers love this type of food. The music is often too loud but ask the staff and they will turn it down a bit.

Thank Denis W
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

I went here for lunch with my partner at about midday and what a treat it was! As soon as we walked in we were greeted by 2 staff who were so friendly! Nothing was a problem, the drinks and food were both delicious and...More

Thank AUDaleZ
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We walked-in during a busy Saturday evening. The friendly manager said there was a table that would be available soon. In 5 minutes, we were seated! Service was excellent! Popcorn was served while we waited for our dishes. We never had to ask for water...More

Thank Potski83
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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
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
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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