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Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill

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Certificate of Excellence2018 Winner
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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Mexican, Bar, Central American, South American
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a great meal here with a wide choice of beers. The place is quirky and quite rustic. Staff friendly and helpful and advised on portion sizes.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sdove2016
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

It was monday and the restaurant was nice busy, service was charming, never forget to bring you water or give a smile. the 10 dolls margarita is good and the food was really delicious !!!!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ElieHey
Simone_Cartel, Manager at Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Cheers for the review Elie! Awesome to hear you had a top notch time with us last night, Hopefully see you again.

Reviewed December 2, 2018

We went for dinner and ordered 2 soft tacos each. I had a fish and vegetarian taco, there was one fish strip which tasted like a fish finger (same size too) with green lettuce and the vege one had beans and green lettuce - nothing...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank baker6567
Simone_Cartel, Manager at Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Hi team, We're incredibly sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. We have a whole new team of staff on for the summer period and unfortunately still in the middle or training so sometimes we make mistakes. We'd love the opportunity to make it...More

Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

Good ambience and very decently priced tasty Mexican food. Nice local beers (my husband enjoyed the APA) & friendly staff who were attentive and made sure we were happy with everything.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Buckleyseestheworld
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

100% recommended, chilled out vibe and great food. Definitely recommend a visit and staff are super friendly.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SimonP4117
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Oh yes, what a gem this place is. Food? Amazing. Cocktails? Amazing. Service? Outstanding. Great decor, with a funky (cool) vibe. We enjoyed the crispy chicken, and lamb ribs for starter, for main I had a soft taco with the crispy chicken, and my husband...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank PaulaMnz3167
Simone_Cartel, Manager at Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

This is a top notch review to read! Enjoyed having you guys in and would LOVE to see you again.

Reviewed October 14, 2018

Great atmosphere at cartel, maybe slightly noisy, but overall a great place for a meal out. Service was very good with the wait staff being attentive without being overbearing. Food was very good, while being Mexican it is more of a fusion between NZ palate...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Martyn B
Simone_Cartel, Manager at Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thanks for the review Martyn :)

Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Came here on our honeymoon. Tacos and burritos were absolutely delicious. Waiter was friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank AlexSkinner
Simone_Cartel, Manager at Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thanks for spending your honeymoon with us team! <3

Reviewed October 11, 2018

A lovely atmosphere in Cartel's with excellent cocktails. Food was good, not traditional Mexican but some lovely flavours. Small servings with bigger price tags. Good place for a different eating experience in Blenheim. It was quite busy and therefore loud; for a family dinner it...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Venture821050
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Tacos were ok. The deal is good($25 all you can eat) - they bring out 3 at a time but they weren't really great, just average. I can't speak for the rest of the menu which looked good but tacos could definitely be better. Cool...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ashley E
Simone_Cartel, Manager at Cartel Mexican Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Hi team, Sorry that you didn't enjoy the tacos on this particular evening. Happy to let you know that we have a new chef on board with some fantastic reviews regarding our new menu. Would love for you to come try again!

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