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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 good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“burrito” (17 reviews)
“tacos” (11 reviews)
“guacamole” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place has a good feel when you walk in. But we ordered a bit of everything and found the food average, even bland. The popcorn was the spiciest we ate and we've had better value for money nachos at other places. Service was good...More

Thank Worldradar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the centre of the city yet tucked away in Church street. When we first discovered this place from the sidewalk we werent even sure what it was, or if it was yet open for business, such was the lack of signage and lack...More

Thank Stephen J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked in at 7.30 on a busy Saturday night and were lucky enough to get a table. Fantastic atmosphere and friendly staff who were rushed of their feet but still gave excellent service. We ordered varied margaritas which all tasted great, my raspberry one...More

Thank culz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great lunch. Friendly staff explained the menu well. Food FRESHLY prepared. Excellent . Would go back for again. Not expensive for what you got.

Thank Helen J
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Flavourful mexican food, with friendly staff, and a fun atmosphere. Fun place for a girls night out!

Thank Lucy C
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We were greeted by a lovely and super friendly hostess who made us feel so welcome! Service was prompt and the prawn quesadilla was divine. The portions were so generous and everything was fresh and delicious. As for the sangria - next time I'm asking...More

Thank Liz G
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We walked in off the street to a very busy cantina. The staff were able to give us a table although it came with a time limit - which we were happy with. The food was crisp, clean and exciting. The margaritas were phenomenal. Was...More

Thank Melita W
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Really good Mexican food. I had the Cerviche and my wife had a prawn quesadilla. Both were excellent. We shared chocolate and almond cake with chilli sorbet and really enjoyed that as well. The waiting staff spoke good Spanish for extra authenticity, no that it...More

Thank Braidwood_John
Reviewed 23 June 2017

We were traveling through Nelson and stopped for lunch, it was a wet cold day and the restaurant was warm and inviting. The decor is great, the staff friendly and the food fantastic. We had the Vegetarian Burrito and Vegetarian Quesadilla they were very filling.

Thank CEWatat79
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We love Nicolas Cantina! The food is great and really Mexican! And so are the cocktails. Very popular, so make a booking if you can.

Thank ThePearOrchard
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
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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