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El Matador

196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 2999
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good44%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (11 reviews)
“churros” (27 reviews)
“tapas” (71 reviews)
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Latin, Spanish, Argentinian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 258 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

While some might call this place 'rustic' if you look closely at the walls and near the stove, you'll see the dirt and grime and know it's actually dirty. Meals are nothing fantastic. I expected authentic Spanish omelette but what I got instead was a...More

Thank Red2explorer
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Visited for dinner with my partner, thrilled by menu choices and ended up ordering four plates to share. Everything was fantastic - would definitely recommend!!

1  Thank JessCA1992
Reviewed 11 June 2017

It was a busy Saturday night, so we didn't mind initially being put in a strange area out the back. It became obvious after a while that this was a bad move, and we should have either left, or asked to be seated in the...More

Thank howdy666
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We went to this restaurant on a quiet Sunday morning, we waited 15 minutes for one coffee to arrive when the restaurant only had a small number of patrons. We then waited another 10 minutes to order food. Once the food arrived after a further...More

Thank Rosa W
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

It was a crisp Friday night on Cuba Street and we randomly picked El Matador for an early dinner. Meat eater and very limited meat eater would not normally choose an Argentinian steak house as a couple - but the welcome we got - encouraged...More

1  Thank Claire J
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

I have been to El Matador several times now and have never been disappointed. When I go For dinner I usually order lots of tapas, for example the paprika asparagus, patatas bravas, sweetcorn, salad etc. I've also had the mushroom veggie burger which was packed...More

Thank Deirdre403
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

This used to be one of my favourite restaurants but after last night's mash up of failures (after a previously similar experience when I last visited), I'll never return again. Service: both rude and disengaged staff. Time: considering that the restaurant was quiet, it was...More

Thank Tania D
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with a colleague from HB, after hearing many good things. We were not disappointed!! Polite and professional service, unique decor and an open kitchen all give this place a buzz. The menu was interesting and we struggled to pick only 5 tapas...More

1  Thank ADCD88
Reviewed 18 May 2017

this place I stumbled across by asking my barber where could I get a good steak...... and boy was I in for a TREAT...! the menu comprehensive and slightly unusual and the food exquisite....... prepared, presented and served beautifully.... the atmosphere was warm and easy...More

Thank Janenne V
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Our party of 5 enjoyed a part vegetarian, part meat lunch with a nice vibe, good service and excellent music! Only one of the dishes was a little disappointing, the blue cheese pizza bread, which was over priced for what it was, a high block...More

1  Thank Teamdoyle1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-381 2999
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El Matador, a vibrant and rustic Buenos Aires style eatery and bar, offers quality cuisine and beverages with a Latin twist. Featuring NZ's first traditional Argentine wood-fired asador and parrilla, an open kitchen, boutique bar, sunny sheltered courtyard, superb service and a great vibe, El Matador is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch or dinner. Also enjoy weekend brunch, tapas, drinks and delicious desserts made by the award winning pastry chef. El Matador is rated a BEST RESTAURANT and LOCAL FAVOURITE by NZ's Cuisine Good Food Guide Awards 2014!
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