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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:
Mon: Closed
Tue - Thu: 5:30 pm -9:30pm
Fri - Sun: 11:30am - 3pm // 5:30 - 9:30pm

Phone: 03 544 1910

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La Capilla Restaurant
Location: Nelson
Cuisine: A La Carte, Degustation, Mediterranean
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

Four of us had an evening of excellent food at La Capilla. The Japanese chef has won awards and they are well deserved. Two of us had a very light, tasty gazpacho soup with prawns. Not too filling so room for another course. Another had the tuna with a Japanese/Spanish fusion which melted in the mouth and the 4th person's entre was the salmon with the most amazing green apple sorbet. Oh, and the buckwheat bread rolls were divine. Could've eaten lots.
Three diners chose the market fish which was hapuka in a delicious red pepper sauce and homemade gnocchi. And the 4th diner had the lamb which was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth with the perfect flavours of mint and rosemary.
We didn't have dessert as we were too full!
It is a restaurant that deserves to be full every night. But on a Friday evening in March there were only 3 table occupied. Perhaps it is busier at lunchtimes. There was a large garden with tables and chairs which would be lovely on a warm day. The staff were helpful and friendly but not intrusive in any way. You do need a car to get there as it is out on the main highway from Nelson to Mapua. Well worth a visit.

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On Wednesday night we went with three family members.
In a calm atmosphere like an old church,
Because the serviceof the staff were polite but not pretentious, that was made us relax and enjoy the meal. Every dish made me feel the love of the chef's ingredients and the gentleness for his guest, which made me very happy. The wine was also delicious. Thank you

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Joy Mackenzie

Another awesome First Table experience! La Capilla is unique and charming in a converted little old church in a lovely country setting. My lamb was cooked perfectly as was my partner’s duck. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and we enjoyed dining in a calm atmosphere.

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Emily Rose

Excellent food and amazing service, plus what a beautiful location. We had a great time

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Superb celebratory meal! We were two couples celebrating our collective good health. La Capilla gave us the complete fine dining experience: warm welcome, personable service, excellent wine and delicious food. Our choices were varied; everything from starters, entrees, sides to desserts was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. We sampled fish, meat and vegetarian, all faultless. We have all eaten here before and marvel at the consistently high standard and creativity of the food on offer. Our compliments and thanks to the chef!

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Absolutely amazing, couldn't fault.
Food was delicious and appealing to the eye.
Great service, friendly and attentive.
When found it was my birthday, they wrote happy birthday on my dessert and put in a candle, sweet way to end the night.
Will be back again

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The service and food were absolutely outstanding. We cannot recommend highly enough. Beautiful outdoor seating available. A definite must to visit.

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Danella Elder

I had the most wonderful evening dining here with my partner to celebrate my birthday. The food was outstanding, the House Smoked Salmon I had as an Entrée was to die for.
Staff are very attentive and knowledgeable and were helpful with my dietary requirements.
Thanks team La Capilla was such a treat to eat beautifully prepared food after not dining out for over 6 months due to health reasons.
I highly recommend this restaurant especially for a special occasion and would love to come for lunch next time.

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Lovely venue with a good menu choice. The meals were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. The service received from the wait staff was actually the best I've experienced in the Nelson region. Highly recommended.

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My friend and I had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious, and the attentive service and lovely surroundings contributed to a special night out. Thank you.

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Loren Monteiro

Delicious food and great service. Best choice in Richmond by far.

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Yet another outstanding meal at one of Nelson's best kept secrets. The food was of a very high level the tuna main was cooked perfectly and oused class. The lamb rump was pink and again just melted away. This Chef must be easily one of the best in Nelson. Can't wait for my next visit.

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We loved dining at La Capilla. There aren't many places in Nelson where you can get a fabulous 5 course meal. We will be back!

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Odette Petzold

This was our first time using First Table and it has proved to be a wonderful initiative! We booked our weekly 'date night' dinner as La Capilla had good reviews on Google especially for a romantic experience. We were not disappointed. On arrival we were greeted very friendly and professionally and seated close to a beautiful warm fire place. This was perfect as it was raining this night. The waitress was very curious and attentive, but never bothering us. They had a 'special of the day' priced very reasonably which we took as our starter. The dish was beautifully assembled with flavours of Tamarillo and chili sorbet complimenting the Gurnard fish. For mains we had the Lamb and Ribeye. The lamb cutlets had a delicious grilled flavour set on lentils and Bulgar wheat with a soft curried flavour. The Ribeye was a large portion perfectly prepared and accompanied by a smokey crisp potato croquette the size of my palm. To finish the meal we had to choose between 4 dessert options, but being so full already we shared the Cremé Brule. Any French chef would have given it a 5/5, but the trophy on this dessert was the strawberry sorbet. The texture was smooth and creamy and bursting with flavour. I would go back just for that!
The restaurant was quiet being a midweek night, but cozy. It would be nice to have cushions on the chairs as they are wooden and becomes rather hard after an hour or 2.
We will definitely be back to try more of the chef's wonderful creations, especially in summer when you can sit outside in the sunshine. Well done!
Odette&Arthur Petzold

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Adrian Courtenay

An excellent dining experience at La Capilla. We opted for the degustation menu. We were not disappointed! The smoked pumpkin soup and home baked rolls were delicious. The second course was outstanding with a surprising tamarillo/chilli sorbet. The Ox cheek, pan fried fish, and lamb rump were tasty and beautifully presented, all with creative sauces and fresh, local ingredients. The green tea cream cheesecake was a sensational final. Thanks to Rie and her colleagues for top class service. La Capilla is definitely the best local restaurant in this price range. Highly recommended.

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Alek Lisefski

Wonderful food, maybe the best in the Nelson area. You could taste how fresh and well prepared everything was. Well trained and highly experienced chef, and it shows. Full prices rival the more expensive places in town, but at first table prices, this is hard to beat! Plus, the old chapel atmosphere felt special (and quiet, unlike some other noisy bistros). We'll be back for sure!

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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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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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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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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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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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Lizzie Simmerlein

Wow, so we ( a group of 3 keen foodies ) decided on trying La Capilla as it is a new restaurant popping up on first table. This dining experience was EPIC! Our host was super attentive, the atmosphere was tip-top ( roaring fire place, casual but classy dining set-up) and the food......fantastic!! We were tossing up between the degustation menu or regular a la carte option and went with the degustation,, excellent decision!! Every single item on every single dish was executed with total perfection and complimented each individual dish! To see and taste the passion behind every 'move' on each dish was so refreshing and a little unexpected! We can only recommend this place to you all as an absolute MUST TRY!! We are already talking about the next time we are going here!!! Totally spot on experience! Thank you sooo much La Capilla!!

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As usual, La Capilla provided a luxurious and affordable night out with its sumptuous cuisine, wine and surroundings.

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Matthew Hoddy

Great friendly service, food was amazing.
Our out of town guests loved it.
Will be back.

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Jane Zealand

As always we had a lovely meal. The chef is one of the best in the area and at first table prices it’s amazing value

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Very nice restaurant and waitress very informative

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Four of us had an evening of excellent food at La Capilla. The Japanese chef has won awards and they are well deserved. Two of us had a very light, tasty gazpacho soup with prawns. Not too filling so room for another course. Another had the tuna with a Japanese/Spanish fusion which melted in the mouth and the 4th person's entre was the salmon with the most amazing green apple sorbet. Oh, and the buckwheat bread rolls were divine. Could've eaten lots.
Three diners chose the market fish which was hapuka in a delicious red pepper sauce and homemade gnocchi. And the 4th diner had the lamb which was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth with the perfect flavours of mint and rosemary.
We didn't have dessert as we were too full!
It is a restaurant that deserves to be full every night. But on a Friday evening in March there were only 3 table occupied. Perhaps it is busier at lunchtimes. There was a large garden with tables and chairs which would be lovely on a warm day. The staff were helpful and friendly but not intrusive in any way. You do need a car to get there as it is out on the main highway from Nelson to Mapua. Well worth a visit.

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Yvette Grace

Lovely meal at this wonderful little restaurant

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Lovely evening with friends with great food

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On Wednesday night we went with three family members.
In a calm atmosphere like an old church,
Because the serviceof the staff were polite but not pretentious, that was made us relax and enjoy the meal. Every dish made me feel the love of the chef's ingredients and the gentleness for his guest, which made me very happy. The wine was also delicious. Thank you

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Lauren Oakley

Lovely place. Good food and service.

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Joy Mackenzie

Another awesome First Table experience! La Capilla is unique and charming in a converted little old church in a lovely country setting. My lamb was cooked perfectly as was my partner’s duck. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and we enjoyed dining in a calm atmosphere.

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Adèle Mumber

Great time ! We had an nice spot on the outside tables !

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Keith Mari Davis

A lovely experience albeit the restaurant was very quiet so lacked a little atmosphere but this did not in any way effect enjoying super food. Would happily return.

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Beautiful evening with doors open to garden, devine food and attentive and pleasant staff. thank you

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Emily Rose

Excellent food and amazing service, plus what a beautiful location. We had a great time

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Superb celebratory meal! We were two couples celebrating our collective good health. La Capilla gave us the complete fine dining experience: warm welcome, personable service, excellent wine and delicious food. Our choices were varied; everything from starters, entrees, sides to desserts was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. We sampled fish, meat and vegetarian, all faultless. We have all eaten here before and marvel at the consistently high standard and creativity of the food on offer. Our compliments and thanks to the chef!

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Tracey Ormsby

Amazing wee gem to find on our mini break. The food was so fresh clean and tasty. The staff were attentive and friendly. Would highly recommend

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Absolutely amazing, couldn't fault.
Food was delicious and appealing to the eye.
Great service, friendly and attentive.
When found it was my birthday, they wrote happy birthday on my dessert and put in a candle, sweet way to end the night.
Will be back again

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The service and food were absolutely outstanding. We cannot recommend highly enough. Beautiful outdoor seating available. A definite must to visit.

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Danella Elder

I had the most wonderful evening dining here with my partner to celebrate my birthday. The food was outstanding, the House Smoked Salmon I had as an Entrée was to die for.
Staff are very attentive and knowledgeable and were helpful with my dietary requirements.
Thanks team La Capilla was such a treat to eat beautifully prepared food after not dining out for over 6 months due to health reasons.
I highly recommend this restaurant especially for a special occasion and would love to come for lunch next time.

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Yet again an outstanding evening of food and wine. We took some Australian friends to dine at La Capilla and they were very impressed and can't wai to go back again. The variety of food produced was first class and had wonderful flavours. How this place is not full every night I have no idea.

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Lovely venue with a good menu choice. The meals were beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. The service received from the wait staff was actually the best I've experienced in the Nelson region. Highly recommended.

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This was the third time we have dined there and once again, the food was absolutely stunning. Great presentation of the food, and the taste and quality is amazing not to mention the size of some of the servings. ( I had the Eggplant special as entree, salad included). Staff once again were very friendly and attentive. All added up to a very enjoyable and satisfying evening

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Absolutely first-class food, wine and total experience! This is an exceptional restaurant and we love eating here.

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My friend and I had a wonderful meal. The food was delicious, and the attentive service and lovely surroundings contributed to a special night out. Thank you.

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Loren Monteiro

Delicious food and great service. Best choice in Richmond by far.

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Yet another outstanding meal at one of Nelson's best kept secrets. The food was of a very high level the tuna main was cooked perfectly and oused class. The lamb rump was pink and again just melted away. This Chef must be easily one of the best in Nelson. Can't wait for my next visit.

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Superb degustation menu; all food beautifully prepared and presented + excellent service. We have dined at La Capilla on a number of occasions and the food has always been exceptional - rate it as the best restaurant in Nelson with the bonus of being set in a beautiful historic church. We’ll be back!!

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We had an unconventional meal, 2 entrees and a dessert. They were very obliging, the service was great and the food fantastic. We will definitely be returning.

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We loved dining at La Capilla. There aren't many places in Nelson where you can get a fabulous 5 course meal. We will be back!

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Graeme Byars

Great food and great atmosphere, with live spanish/baroque guitar. Food beautifully cooked and presented with lovely fresh flavours

Graeme & Chrissy

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Delicious as always and my favourite restaurant in Nelson hands down !!

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Good food and service once again thank you!

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Nicole Fairless

Very quiet restaurant and in a little cottage-like building in the country. Really enjoyed the good and the service, would only recommend a better wine selection!

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Matthew Hoddy

As always great food and friendly service at La Capilla.
Would highly recommend.

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Rebecca Kloepfer

This was our first time using first table. At La Capilla the food was delicious and the environment cosy. Wait staff were friendly and non intrusive.
Overall a wonderful experience.

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Alek Lisefski

Simply beautiful food. Love the flavours, preparation. Everything was so nice!

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Melissa Schw

The food was fantastic! Most amazing flavors and the steaks were perfectly cooked. We really enjoyed our evening.

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Tarena Coutts

We came here for my birthday really enjoyed the food it was beautiful and so tasty. The service was great polite speedy and helpful. I reccomend the duck it was cooked really nice. Thanks again and we will be back

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Odette Petzold

This was our first time using First Table and it has proved to be a wonderful initiative! We booked our weekly 'date night' dinner as La Capilla had good reviews on Google especially for a romantic experience. We were not disappointed. On arrival we were greeted very friendly and professionally and seated close to a beautiful warm fire place. This was perfect as it was raining this night. The waitress was very curious and attentive, but never bothering us. They had a 'special of the day' priced very reasonably which we took as our starter. The dish was beautifully assembled with flavours of Tamarillo and chili sorbet complimenting the Gurnard fish. For mains we had the Lamb and Ribeye. The lamb cutlets had a delicious grilled flavour set on lentils and Bulgar wheat with a soft curried flavour. The Ribeye was a large portion perfectly prepared and accompanied by a smokey crisp potato croquette the size of my palm. To finish the meal we had to choose between 4 dessert options, but being so full already we shared the Cremé Brule. Any French chef would have given it a 5/5, but the trophy on this dessert was the strawberry sorbet. The texture was smooth and creamy and bursting with flavour. I would go back just for that!
The restaurant was quiet being a midweek night, but cozy. It would be nice to have cushions on the chairs as they are wooden and becomes rather hard after an hour or 2.
We will definitely be back to try more of the chef's wonderful creations, especially in summer when you can sit outside in the sunshine. Well done!
Odette&Arthur Petzold

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Food was tasty but some strange flavour combinations, trying to mix Spanish and Japanese flavours....
Very expensive with small servings. There are plenty of better restaurants in Nelson that don't charge half as much...

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Delicious as always !

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Adrian Courtenay

An excellent dining experience at La Capilla. We opted for the degustation menu. We were not disappointed! The smoked pumpkin soup and home baked rolls were delicious. The second course was outstanding with a surprising tamarillo/chilli sorbet. The Ox cheek, pan fried fish, and lamb rump were tasty and beautifully presented, all with creative sauces and fresh, local ingredients. The green tea cream cheesecake was a sensational final. Thanks to Rie and her colleagues for top class service. La Capilla is definitely the best local restaurant in this price range. Highly recommended.

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Alek Lisefski

Wonderful food, maybe the best in the Nelson area. You could taste how fresh and well prepared everything was. Well trained and highly experienced chef, and it shows. Full prices rival the more expensive places in town, but at first table prices, this is hard to beat! Plus, the old chapel atmosphere felt special (and quiet, unlike some other noisy bistros). We'll be back for sure!

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We had the five course Degustation menu for $59 each. Interesting flavours and tried things that I wouldn’t usually order.

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Meg Seabrook

This is a delightful local restaurant with delicious meals & fabulous service. The Spanish guitarist was also excellent & added to the ambiance. All in all a very positive dining experience.

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Service was great, food tasted amazing and so nicely presented

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Raewyn Shand

Food was beautifully presented as usual. Service was ok - obviously one waitress was learning and was being incredibly particular to get our order right which is both good and a tad annoying. I always enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at La Capilla, but it was Friday night and there was guitarist playing. He was good but at times was too loud for us to enjoy our conversation.

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Beautiful meal and superb, friendly and welcoming service. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.
Home made bread, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented food, the best ever creme brûlée. Thank you for a memorable evening.

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Quiet and cosy, great atmosphere. We loved the food and the guitar was amazing!

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