La Capilla Restaurant

Cuisine: Degustation, Mediterranean, Spanish
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #3 of 8 restaurants in Nelson

Just off the Appleby Highway, a historic chapel has been lovingly transformed into a charming cafe and restaurant.

La Capilla (which means “the chapel” in Spanish), serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes in an idyllic location. The bistro is the brainchild of Head Chef and Owner Takeshi Nagahama, who has a passion for Spanish home-cooking and extensive experience in Michelin star restaurants.

Sourcing seasonal ingredients from local farmers, as well as stocking a wide range of award-winning wines from New Zealand and Spain, La Capilla ensures you sample some of the finest flavours and produce in the country.

The rustic interior and peaceful surroundings create the perfect environment for dining with friends and family. Relax and enjoy a Nelson culinary experience like no other at La Capilla, located within the historic chapel, Richmond.

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La Capilla Restaurant
107 Appleby Highway @ Historic Church Building, Richmond
Nelson 7081

Open Hours:
Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00 / 17:30 - 9:00pm
Thursday 11:30 - 15:00 / 17:30 - 9:00pm
Friday 11:30 - 15:00 / 17:30 - 9:00pm
Saturday 11:30 - 15:00 / 17:30 - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:30 - 15:00

Phone: 03 544 1910
Website: lacapilla.co.nz

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Ranked: #3 of 8 restaurants in Nelson 3
La Capilla Restaurant
Location: Nelson
Cuisine: Degustation, Mediterranean, Spanish
Mains: $25 - $35+

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This was the first time we had visited La Capilla ourselves although I had heard good reports from others. We weren’t disappointed ! From the moment we arrived the staff were welcoming & friendly & immediately made us feel special. Unfortunately there weren’t many diners last night- even when we left - having enjoyed a leisurely evening with the special degustation dinner which we thought was very good value at the special First Table price. The food was excellent- every course had been thought about & matched to work in with the other courses (5 in all plus a choice of dessert). There was a good wine list & plenty of choice with many local wines featured. We will be back!

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Mimi Lennon

Everything was perfect! Gorgeous restaurant, fantastic food with immaculate presentation, nothing to complain about. Definitely recommend!!

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We really enjoyed our dinner at La Capilla. The food was delicious and the staff very friendly.

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Raewyn Shand

La Capilla is Always Great. Food is spectacularly amazing in taste and presentation.
Wait staff were very pleasant, just need to be a bit more attentive to the needs of the customers during service - we had to ask for more water several times.

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Frankie Allan

Superb! This was a real treat and the food was outstanding.. especially the duck! Excellent service and lovely atmosphere. You should definitely go here. You won't regret it!

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Jo DenHarder

We had a fantastic experience here! The food was exceptional and service was great. Thank you.

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We had a great dinner at la Capella. The food was amazing, delicious flavours and nicely presented. A wonderful and breezy venue on a warm summer's night. Attentive and friendly staff. The only downside was that we weren't allowed to take the bottle of wine with some left with us.

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Absolutely delicious food and just the right level of service. Thanks

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Character surroundings and nicely presented, tasty food. Had an enjoyable night out, thanks.

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Absolutely FANTASTIC...great Food, good Service and nice Ambiance.
Highly recommend the Duck & Cheesecake however next time will definitely try the "La Capilla Degustation" so we can experience all the best that Chef Takeshi can offer.

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Ray Evans

We had a delicious meal, chosen from a menu which changes to reflect the season and availability of food. It is great that the menu is not static, yet more evidence that everything here is freshly prepared from scratch, is real food. Presentation is beautiful, matching the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the chef.

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Truly exceptional in all aspects!

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All four of us had a fantastic dining experience. The food was delicious and the service excellent! Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Took some local friends to this eatery and they enjoyed the quality of the food and the unusual ambience. They will visit again which highlights the outstanding food and service.

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We sat outside and enjoyed the background sounds of the birds. The staff were friendly and professional, the meal was fantastic and the setting is lovely. All in all a great night for our anniversary. First time going there and will be back.

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An absolute treat. Faultless. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Duck breast parsnip purée apple fritters and poached pear - absolutely superb. Lamb rump five grain salad and roast eggplant - fantastic. Both meals were immaculately presented. Highly recommended. Thank you so much

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Kussy Roa

All was perfect, the food, the service and the beautiful old Capilla to give a nice touch, totally recommended, it’s my favourite restaurant in Nelson/Tasman region

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A great place to eat an old chapel with rimu floors. Got to be the best kept secret in Nelson and with First Table you can't go wrong. The Japanese chef has an outstanding pedigree having cooked all over the world. He never fails to deliver exciting food cooked to perfection. The theme is mainly spanish with a Kiwi twist. Service is very swift but relaxed timing of individual courses is spot on. The chef is very approachable and will accommodate individual requests. The portion size was good and the food hot and extremely well presented. How this restaurant is not fully booked every night I have no idea we can't wait to go back.

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Thoroughly enjoyable evening for table of four.Food presentation and quality up to high standard. No vegetarian options listed on main menu, but as l eat fish this was not a problem for me. Am sure if asked the hallumi eggplant entree could be a main. Would be nice though if there was vegetarian option on main menu listed. Very charming wait staff and exceptional service. Can not fault this restaurant, and certainly would come back
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Ray Evans

Superb meal for two, sharing a number of plates: buckwheat bread, seared swordfish, home cured salmon, interesting salad, home cut potato wedges, coconut pannacotta and chocolate lava cake, both served with tangy home-made sorbets. Everything was delicious, different, definitely not run-of-the-mill as per many restaurants on the Nelson scene.

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Yummy food, great service, beautiful place, live beautiful guitar music, was perfect for my husband's birthday thank you very much for a great night out we enjoyed it very much and will be back for sure.

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Had a lovely time, fish was outstanding! Great wait staff - thanks team.

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Rae Houston

Delicious food presented beautifully. Welcoming, friendly and helpful staff. Pleasant surroundings. A really lovely experience.

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Eve Ilves

Great food in a great atmosphere.

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Brittany Larsen

Delicious food! We had the 6 course degustation and wow what value for money. I was so full I could hardly eat dessert. The restaurant catered to my allergy needs which was fantastic and the food was outstanding. Definitely recommend!

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Took some friends with us this time (no kids) and had the whole restaurant to ourselves! Food was awesome as usual. One of our entrees was missed, but produced very quickly when pointed out to waitstaff. A lovely evening out.

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Birthday dinner was a real treat - even more so when we chose degustation 6 course dinner.
Stunning food and will be back.
Cerviche was my pick for dish of the day.

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Joanne Kilkelly

Good service good atmosphere loved it to bits

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Meg Seabrook

Absolutely wonderful! One of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Excellent service. Meals are fairly priced even without the benefit of First Table discounts. Interesting wine menu. An all round exceptional experience. We will be returning again for sure.

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Steve Booth

We had a double birthday evening with another couple and had a table beside the fire. The food flavours are wonderful and fresh. Service is always with a smile and the live music added to the atmosphere. We will return soon.

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Debbie Maitland

We thoroughly enjoyed La Capilla Restaurant. The food was amazing, lots of great flavours, I definately recommend dining there.

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Four people on a Friday evening. The meal was excellent, as was the service. Nice atmosphere too.

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this was a beautiful meal. Couldnt fault it at all. Everything nicely cooked and presented lovely. We will be going back for sure.

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Steve Booth

We went out as a family for my wife’s birthday and had a fabulous experience. The staff were friendly and included the boys when coming to our table. You must go because the food is outstanding in flavour, presentation and style.

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Great experience, food was great the duck was excellent.

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Lynette Boulton

Excellent as always

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Andrew McWilliam

My wife and I decided to have the degustation menu which we were absolutely blown away by. All dishes were tasty, hot, and fresh and the service was attentive without being intrusive.
We thoroughly recommend accordingly.
Well done team.

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Jodie Devine-Emmerson

I cannot recommend La Capilla highly enough!! The meal was to die for, and the service was perfect. Our waiter was lovely and more than attentive!
My husband and I took our two friends to La Capilla as a treat - to say thanks to them for their kindness to us for the past year.
It was a bit of a risk - as we’d never been there before - so we were hoping that it would be a nice experience for us all.
From the very first bite of our entrees to the very last delicious morsel of our desserts, we all were all in digestation heaven!!!
There was much sharing and taste testing of each other’s menu choices - to the sounds of delight at the robust flavours of each dish!
i can honestly say that La Capilla exceeded my (already high) expectations with the quality and quantity of their meals and their service.
It was the PERFECT dining experience!
And I can attest that my fellow diners concur with this :)
If we had to rate La Capilla out of 10 - their score would easily be 11!!

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Fiona Richardson

An amazing night. Really impressed with the food and love the old church decor. First class service. So glad we went for the degustation menu and it didn’t disappoint. Exquisite.

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Lynette Boulton

Once again enjoyed the fine dinning experience of their exquisite food, the presentation and flavours are faultless.

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Lizzie Simmerlein

Second time here in 5 weeks..... Once again this was a perfect dining experience

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Excellent food and service. Lovely ambience. This was a new discovery for us; we look forward to another visit.

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Lovely ambience in a beautiful building, although initially I found the light too dim to be able to easily read the menu. Seated right next to the double galss emergency exit doors - they need a blind to cover in winter as the cold coming off them was not pleasant, even with all the heaters running.
The food was excellent! Highly recommend the duck breast :) One fussy eater (child) was talked into trying the pork belly and it got a big thumbs up!
Attentive waitservice, not intrusive. Did have a mishap with a glass of lemonade toppling off the tray and crashing on the table. Half the table got soaked and two guests splashed. We took it in good grace but the best thing would have been to move us immediately to another table then clean up the mess. Also would have thought some compensation in the form of a free drink (at least) would be in order, even if we were First Table guests.
We liked the fact that there were 4 waitstaff for what is a relatively small but very busy restaurant. So service was timely and efficient.
Drinks were quite expensive, particularly the non-alcoholic options for children.
They do have a children's menu but it isn't listed on their website.
An eventful evening, but we will definitely go back :)

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Debbie Dawkins

The food was amazing and the service was wonderful . We as a family are into sharing our food and nothing was a bother . We were not made to feel rushed which was good because we ate heaps

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Raewyn Shand

The bruschetta toppings were innovative & delicious.
I asked for the eggplant & haloumi entree to be served as a main. It was excellent - I have never eaten such delicious haloumi before. My partners steak meal was great.
The desserts were exquisite - the combinations of flavours just popped in our mouths - an excellent end to a perfect meal.
Definitely will be returning.

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We decided to treat ourselves to the degustation menu, and what a great choice! Each course looked like a work of art and tasted better than you could have imagined. The soup was a creamy celeraic with shrimp, followed by pork rillette. Then two fish courses, totally different, both miraculous. Finally, there was lamb rump, tender and complemented by lentils, beetroot and chimichuri. The only choice was on dessert: all were tempting, but we went chocolate. A meal to remember.

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vicky hunt

From start to finish what a fabulous experience our waitresses were wonderful friendly and so helpful .We opted for the degustation menu what a journey of delight that was each course better than the last so tasty beautifully presented and exquisite flavour.it was quite quiet but had a wonderful atmosphere with a nice fire going on a cold night would unreservedly recommend and will definitely go again

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Hollie Burt

Meal was delicious, so tasty. Looking forward to heading back. I was a little cold but it is mid-winter. YUM, looking forward to trying the steak next!

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Jos Beri

Service was great and highly recommend the food,the ceviche was a highlight that roast plum chilli sorbet just took that dish to the next level. Mains were amazing too would definitely go back

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Raewyn Shand

La Capilla is wonderful. The service, the ambiance, the wines, and especially the food. The food is divine. Every dish is a picture. Every mouthful is exquisite.
Takeshi is a 5 Star chef who’s presentation of every plate is immaculate - fine dining at its finest.

Well worth the drive out of the city

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