La Capilla Restaurant

Cuisine: A La Carte, Degustation, Mediterranean
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

Just off the Appleby Highway, a historic chapel built in the end of 19th century 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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La Capilla Restaurant
Location: Nelson
Cuisine: A La Carte, Degustation, Mediterranean
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Miho Takasu

Beautiful restaurant, amazing food and excellent service. We had the degustation menu and we enjoyed every course. Would highly recommend. One of the best restaurants in Nelson!

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The food was outstanding and the service was great thanks. We’ll be back.

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Deborah Sax

Just wonderful creative food exciting wine list and flawless service. My favourite restaurant in the region by far

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Favourite Nelson restaurant by far. Always leave content and happy. Food is delicious!

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This is our second visit and we were just as thrilled with our dining experience as the first time. The waitress was attentive without being intrusive. The duck and steak both cooked to perfection. I even got to try a brand new dessert, coffee and whiskey mouse, can't remember the name but it was devine and served so beautifully. The atmosphere is cosy and feels intimate. Absolutely love La Capilla

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Beautifully presented, delicious food. The Degustation menu was a birthday present and definitely met our expectations. Thank you Chef.

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Verity Simpson

The atmosphere in this historical building is charming! Cosy and romantic. The service was old school (just how I like it) and the food was very thoughtfully plated and delicious. The menu has something for everyone and we will be back again. Thank you for your hospitality.

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Great value fine dining quality. Varied choice of food freshly cooked and well presented. The Chef is right on top of his game and you would go a long way to dine with such variety and quality in Nelson. Venue is an historic converted Chapel with rimu floors and a depth of wood finishing.

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Interesting menu followed by exquisite dishes served by attentive and knowledgeable staff. Cozy venue allowed us to hear flamenco guitar maestro Miles Jackson matching his music to the Spanish style cuisine. A memorable dinner occasion thanks Take and your team.

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Ali Ross

Four of us totally enjoyed our meals at LA Capilla last week. The combination of food was beautiful and we will go back for sure . Will have to, as want to try other dishes that looked so good too. The Duck was beautifully tender and beetroot with it was perfect. Great chef there.

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This experience far exceeded my expectations! I have a gluten allergy and was over the moon to discover that EVERY desert on the menu was gluten free.
My main was the duck; just amazing. My partner chose the steak and was equally pleased. Thank you to the lovely young French woman who served us, she was just lovely and took care of our every need. Thank you La capilla, we will be back:)

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The food was amazing the service was great will definetly go again.

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This was our first time at La Capilla and we will certainly be back again. The food was just delicious. We had the duck breast which was so tender and tasty. Our friend had a steak and she said it was the best she's ever had.

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La Capilla is a stunning fine dining experience which is incredibly good value on First Table. Chef is innovative and subtle - for example, one of our starters was swordfish ceviche with a chili sorbet! The contrast of chili with the cold sorbet was exciting and an excellent pairing with the fish.

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The food was of a very high standard as usual. The chef produces wonderful delicate great quality food. Can't stop keep going back for more.

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Loved the experience. Food was amazing . We definitely will be back

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This was our second visit. La Capella is quickly becoming our favourite. My husband had the gazpacho with is served with two large Argentinian prawns which was fresh and delicious and I try to choose something I am unlikely to have at home so I chose the tuna tartare which I loved. Beautifully seasoned with onion, capers, avocado, sun dried tomatoes, delicious, a great start. My husband just can’t go past duck when it is on the menu and last night was no different and he was not disappointed. Truly delicious. I chose the lamb rump served with roasted eggplant and five grain salad. Wow, it was superb. We had the ratatouille and salad as a side.
We will certainly be back again.

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delicious meal, wonderful service, would go again.

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Tanya Kumagai

A fantastic evening. An incredible menu, the staff were wonderful and the ambiance was gorgeous...... 11/10. We recommend to all if you want a special evening out... Simply perfect...

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Ray Evans

The food at La Capilla is superb: top-quality ingredients combined imaginatively and creatively to produce wonderful dishes. Our Entrées included: Gazpacho with Argentinian Prawns, Smoked Salmon with green beans and potato salad, Vivavio Cheese and Heck Angus Beef Carpaccio, Spanish Omelette. The Giant Prawns delighted the two fish eaters and the rib-eye steak mains with Daupinoise potatoes and green peppercorn sauce the two meat eaters. Complimentary home-baked Buckwheat rolls, sides of Garden salad, ratatouille and potato wedges were generously sized and all delicious.

Quite why more discerning diners do not venture away from Trafalgar Street, the city centre and the waterfront to taste this wonderful food is a mystery to us!

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One of our favorite restaurants in the nelson/Tasman area. A true hidden gem of a great unique venue and exceptional food. Every dish is executed beautifully with superb flavor and texture combinations. Loved the gazpacho with seared prawns and never disappointed in the duck breast main course.

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Adrian Courtenay

Second time dining at chef Takeshi's La Capilla. While the first experience would be difficult to match, this was another exceptional gastronomic experience. The standout dishes were the duck main course and the cervice entree. The Spanish omelette was tasty and the Serrano ham added further flavour espanola to the meal. Excellent service from Haruka, and it was good of Takeshi to come out from his kitchen and have a chat. Highly recommended.

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Lizzie Simmerlein

Me and my hubby had a beautiful date night at La Capilla last night! The food was just sensational! Fresh and bursting with well thought-out flavour combinations!! Chef Takeshi served up 'perfection on a plate' once again and we are not shy in telling everyone La Capilla is a must to try and our favorite casual fine-dining venue in Nelson/Richmond
Thank you so much team and we look forward to dining here again in the near future! ✔✔✔
GO!!

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Adrian Courtenay

I've really enjoyed all of my First Table experiences so far but this one was definitely the best one to date. We ordered the sampling menu which, although not half price, is priced at $51 not $71. We enjoyed 5 courses plus dessert. Every dish was memorable and included a chilled soup, salmon, pork belly, snapper, and lamb. Subtle flavours and beautifully presented. The chef knows the taste he is aiming for (no condiments on the tables). Original and equally delicious desserts included in the price. Live, quality Spanish guitar music and outstanding service added to a most enjoyable evening.

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Delicious food in a lovely venue. We were very happy to see this restaurant on First Table, as it made a very special dinner very affordable, too.

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Sue Chesterman

Warm welcome, delicious bruschetta starter, especially the ham one! Duck was delicious according to my husband, but I won with an incredibly tasty steak. Excellent wine list, we chose Himmesfield 2008 Cab sav. Perfect. Miles Jackson playing Spanish guitar bought tears to my eyes. Thank you La Capilla.

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Pauline Edwards

A warm welcome as we arrived at the restaurant followed by excellent service and meals brought out promptly. With cricket and the 7s rugby on there wasn't a lot of people.
My only concern was I felt the music was a bit too loud and had differculty hearing our friends at times. I didn't like to ask to have music turned down as maybe other patrons like it at that level. The meal was very good and we will definately go there again.

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Best meal out in a long time, in all aspects. Duck was delicious, all meals beautifully presented, and live music topped off the evening. We WILL be back!

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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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