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El Matador

196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 2999
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good39%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible8%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“churros” (32 reviews)
“tapas” (78 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Latin, Argentinian, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, 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

Went to El Matador on a Sunday for lunch. We were told that the entire brunch menu that was supposed to go until 3pm was not an option anymore and we could only choose from the lunch menu which was considerably smaller. (it was only...More

Thank Alana M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Matador is a carnivore’s delight, with meat lovers devouring mountains of succulent meat at every table. The asador (grill master) is a genius. He cooks the meat to crusty perfection on the outside, while (in our case) managing to maintain a very rare (bleu) inside....More

Thank Rich H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to El Matadaor to try out their Wellington on a plate burger, big mistake!! My friend bit into their burger and there was a large bloody vain inside the chicken thigh.The cut of meat was of verypoor quality. We asked the waitress if we...More

Thank hilliermartin16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came down for beervana, they were crazy busy but was worth the wait. Bone marrow was a highlight, we also had the beef short rib, lamb and chicken.. all were falling off the bone. Can't stop raving about this place, fantastic food

Thank f0odie300
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here as a group of four. We were seated quicker than the initial estimate for a table which was great. We all ordered the WOAP burgers. The food came out quickly and was really tasty. Service was ok, a little awkward at times and...More

Thank mcbeee
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to El Matador on a friend’s recommendation - delicious! The waiter was hilarious too. He was extremely short. He pulled a chair up and sat down with us every time he came to the table and left saying "I will do it for...More

Thank enzedgrl
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Was quite late in the evening when my wife & I had reached the end of a busy day and decided that dining out was still our choice during our Wellington visit. The easily located El Matador was open, the staff were inviting and friendly,...More

Thank JonTelamar
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Argentina and meat are synonimous with each other and so it was with el Matador. Although the tapas menu is intriguing, a quick glance at the steaks arriving at the table next door so tell you that you should save your appetite. Meat is the...More

Thank TheReefBoy
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We went on Monday but night to enjoy their Monday weekday special of a steak and Malbec - wood-fired rump steak with a glass of Malbec for the price of $24, as clearly advertised. When it came time to pay we were charged $29 each....More

Thank Vivienne A
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

This is my favourite Wellington restaurant. Enjoyed a pleasant Monday dinner of Tapas here with my husband. Never have board beans been so great, pork belly that prefect crunchy and tender and provoleta just cheesy goodness. Service helpful and attentive. Will be back.

Thank Bernadette H
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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
  • E-mail
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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