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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
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:30
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Nelson, New Zealand
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A favourite place with vibrant atmosphere and delicious food. Staff very friendly and efficient. My favourite the huevos rancheros.Excellent choice of Margaritas.

Thank jamieo773
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

They fitted us in a cold, rainy night when they were fully booked - we were so grateful! Cosy, friendly and very welcoming staff (especially the host!) - awesome decor. Drinks list - wide selection appealing to alcoholic and non alcoholic (virgin margarita was out of this world!). Lots to choose from for food - portion sizes generous, great flavours,... More 

Thank EStephens
Nelson, New Zealand
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

No chain stores or franchises here. You could truly believe that you are sitting somewhere in Mexico. Every part of the experience is authentic from the decorations, the furniture, plates and especially the food. Save the airticket.

Thank timtT6478JH
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207 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Good selection of Mexican food, burritos , tacos etc. Lovely decor and ambience BUT very noisy and all of our group noticed. Yes, it was a Saturday night but rather than the other patrons being loud, I think it is actually the poor acoustics of the place and there's possibly not a lot that can be done about that. A... More 

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63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This crew know how to produce the perfect cocktail. Alas no happy hours but will live in hope for a return visit. Food lovely too

Thank stressbunny

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$14
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, 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
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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