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El Gusto - CLOSED

Empire Hotel | Cnr Princess and Main Street, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand
+64 6-357 8002
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
19 Dec 2016
“Was a great resturant but the chef is still in town”
2 Sep 2016
“Portion size”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Empire Hotel | Cnr Princess and Main Street, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Unfortunately it has closed down but the Chef has a street caravan in the Square and you will often find him at events. Look out for EL GUSTO MEXICAN CANTINA. Authentic tasting and prepared Mexican flavours. And you can try your Spanish because he knows...More

Thank Nuttykiwi
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Good food, menu needs a little changing, some of the portion sizes are not what they say they are. My Husband got a portion size that would of only feed our five year old daughter not a fully grown man. You need to be a...More

Thank Doris B
Reviewed 31 August 2015

To call this Mexican food is a trevesty. Anyone who has been to Mexico, or for that matter, even close (i.E. Texas, California) will agree this is a poor imitation at best. The food is overpriced, underseasoned, and only marginally authentic. That said, the ceviche...More

1  Thank PolyBatics
Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

Very accomodating staff. Ask for Patrick and you can't go wrong. Great food at great prices. Test your senses and Patrick may test you further with a little chilli tequila. Fun and friendly.

Thank emmamccoach
Reviewed 1 June 2015

I have been to this restaurant many times and have loved it. Sadly our experience last Friday was disappointing. The service was ridiculously slow. And then once food came, it was only for 1/2 the table and then it was like 30mins more for the...More

Thank lily22nz
Reviewed 29 May 2015

Very nice Mexican food! I'm glad I stuck to the spice level, it was really good. My companions chose the Kiwi Hot level and were pleasantly surprised at the hot level! The food was well prepared, well presented and the taste was really good. Not...More

Thank Kiwihipp
Reviewed 23 May 2015

Very slow service, the wait staff are very pleasant though. The meal was very bland and i was quite disappointed though. The sangria is great though :)

Thank SauraLane
Reviewed 5 May 2015

Being from the states, and southern states at that, I have had my fair share of Mexican food. Not to mention I've vacationed in Mexico. I eat at numerous Mexican restaurants monthly, and at least once a week. I was thrilled when I found a...More

2  Thank bethanyrenea
Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Went here with a bunch of colleagues for a meal. Large restaurant, cosy, tidy, nicely furnished. Some dirty tables. The service from our dedicated waiter was particularly slow with significant time periods between arrival, order of drinks, arrival of drinks, order of food, arrival of...More

1  Thank gwcsmith
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Our family felt like Mexican so we tried out the El Gusto restaurant. The place was far from busy when we visited so we got very good service and attention from the staff. The food was typical Tex-Mex fare and was more than adequate for...More

Thank MartyPN
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  • Address: Empire Hotel | Cnr Princess and Main Street, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-357 8002
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