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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 good35%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“burrito” (17 reviews)
“guacamole” (8 reviews)
“tacos” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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6 Church Street | Across From Kush Coffee, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Reviews (148)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Joeby2000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 5 weeks 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...More

Thank tacosrus
Reviewed 27 April 2017 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...More

Thank Helena V
Reviewed 24 April 2017

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...More

Thank danielkempler
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...More

Thank kiwijokers
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...More

Thank jkloveday
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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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