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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” (16 reviews)
“churros” (32 reviews)
“tapas” (79 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Latin, Argentinian, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was received pleasantly and treated well even though I had stopped by only for a drink and a snack rather than for one of their big chunks of meat that they do so well. El Matador is an Argentinian restaurant and as expected it’s...More

Thank JohnSB3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family had a dinner and we can’t stop thinking at the flavours. Everything was so taste and fresh. Staff warm and friendly. Churros for dessert is a must ;)

Thank Gabriela E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this place for a sunday lunch. It took ages to get our food to arrive. Probably more than 30minutes. I alost thought they have forgotten our orders. The steak was lovely. The meat was tender and medium rare. However, the chimichurri sauce was...More

1  Thank I8i3d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant can vary from very good to excellent. I have had some of the tapas frequently and the same ones have been from above average to superb depending on the day. The service is good and the decor is in keeping with the restaurant....More

Thank David C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been here a couple times with partner and once with work. Partner and I order the platters. They are delicious so no problem with food (kudos to the chef). It's usually quite busy in here and I think there is room for improvement on...More

Thank Dana I
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We were asked to wait at the bar for a table although there was one free. Very slowly we got drinks but no menu for an entree. After about 15minutes we were seated at that very free table! Ordering entrees we specially ask for those...More

Thank marianne592
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

My self and a couple of mates dropped into El Matador after the lady at the reception of the hotel we stayed at across the road recommended the steaks. The three of us a big meat eaters and are all well traveled. We shared the...More

1  Thank SmokingMeats
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is such a fun, vibey place. As soon as you walk in you feel as if you're in another world. Staff are friendly and chatty - they know their stuff too which is great. Food is divine. Definitely worth a visit. Recommend the shared...More

Thank JustineB1698
Reviewed 16 September 2018 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 31 August 2018 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 raherold
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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, 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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