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El Matador

196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 2999
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good45%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“churros” (27 reviews)
“tapas” (69 reviews)
“steak” (66 reviews)
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Latin, Spanish, Argentinian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for dinner with my partner, thrilled by menu choices and ended up ordering four plates to share. Everything was fantastic - would definitely recommend!!

Thank JessCA1992
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a busy Saturday night, so we didn't mind initially being put in a strange area out the back. It became obvious after a while that this was a bad move, and we should have either left, or asked to be seated in the...More

Thank howdy666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant on a quiet Sunday morning, we waited 15 minutes for one coffee to arrive when the restaurant only had a small number of patrons. We then waited another 10 minutes to order food. Once the food arrived after a further...More

Thank Rosa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a crisp Friday night on Cuba Street and we randomly picked El Matador for an early dinner. Meat eater and very limited meat eater would not normally choose an Argentinian steak house as a couple - but the welcome we got - encouraged...More

Thank Claire J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to El Matador several times now and have never been disappointed. When I go For dinner I usually order lots of tapas, for example the paprika asparagus, patatas bravas, sweetcorn, salad etc. I've also had the mushroom veggie burger which was packed...More

Thank Deirdre403
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be one of my favourite restaurants but after last night's mash up of failures (after a previously similar experience when I last visited), I'll never return again. Service: both rude and disengaged staff. Time: considering that the restaurant was quiet, it was...More

Thank Tania D
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with a colleague from HB, after hearing many good things. We were not disappointed!! Polite and professional service, unique decor and an open kitchen all give this place a buzz. The menu was interesting and we struggled to pick only 5 tapas...More

Thank ADCD88
Reviewed 19 May 2017

this place I stumbled across by asking my barber where could I get a good steak...... and boy was I in for a TREAT...! the menu comprehensive and slightly unusual and the food exquisite....... prepared, presented and served beautifully.... the atmosphere was warm and easy...More

Thank Janenne V
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Our party of 5 enjoyed a part vegetarian, part meat lunch with a nice vibe, good service and excellent music! Only one of the dishes was a little disappointing, the blue cheese pizza bread, which was over priced for what it was, a high block...More

1  Thank Teamdoyle1
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

The food here is absolutely amazing. Simply delicious. We had the platter and it was so huge we ended up taking it home. It was only $79 too! Thoroughly recommend and will come back

Thank elliwheels
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Restaurant Details

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