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El Matador

196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 2999
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good44%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“churros” (29 reviews)
“tapas” (73 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Latin, Spanish, Argentinian, Gluten Free Options
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196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic meal at El Matador on a Friday night with our three teenagers. The place was buzzing so we had a short wait for a table, not too long. The food was great, and the waiter was really proactive when it came...More

Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After having spent so many years living in Mexico it is still difficult for me to enter anything that remotely sounds latino for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Australasia. I am glad though I finally did it in Wellington this Sunday morning. Food was good,...More

Thank Guillermo M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paella, mussels in beautiful sauce, and I can't remember the Spanish name for it but it is the platter for four with sweet meats, beef on bone, steak and chicken on spinach salad with Malbec from Mendoza to wish it all down with. HEAVEN!! El...More

Thank Sarona I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have been her on a number of occasions and have always had a great meal. There's nothing on the menu that's disappointing so you should feel confident of a good meal. Steak platters are enormous and cooked over a wood fire grill giving a fantastic...More

Thank aktori
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Finally found red meat in NZ which is seasoned with salt only! Can't stand the marinated meat and bittersweet sauces they use here. The vacío is great, just remember to ask for the chimichurri in separate, or it will come on top of the meat...More

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We have been several time at el matador for dinner and the food & service was outstanding however our brunch experience was ruined by a really poor service. We entered in the restaurant , waitress ask us if we were happy to sit outside, no...More

Thank Damien W
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We dropped into El Matador to try a new experience and we must say it was great! Be prepared, the food servings are huge, rich in taste and a delight to behold. The staff are really friendly and engaging and we loved the rustic ambiance....More

Thank netchwood
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We booked out El Matador for a fund-raising charity event. The staff were just terrific and nothing was too much bother in anyway. And then the food arrived....Oh my. Plate loads of the most delicious servings of tender beef, succulent lamb, not to mention the...More

Thank katemr
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Casual night out, dropped in to El Matador to enquire about a table. 7 and a half minutes, you can wait at the bar. Before we had even looked at the drinks menu the table was ready. Round of tequila's to start, informal and friendly...More

Thank KaritaneMartin
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Only had tapas a few times but this was by far the best i have had. On our table we had almost everything on their menu and it was all amazing. Wierdly i feel obligated to tell you to order the sprouts; really good.

Thank Chris H
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25 September 2017|
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Response from KaritaneMartin | Reviewed this property |
Level access to the restaurant but not much room to move once inside
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, 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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