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Sombreros Mexican Cantina

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11-13 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
+64 3 442 8240
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Warm and friendly

Good mexican, great atmosphere and friendly staff all with a warm fire. The corn chips and salsa on arrival was a nice touch and the overall meal tasty and filling. It was also nice to find a Mexican where we could BYO wine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
RicknSimon
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Sydney
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Pleasanton, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Went here for dinner. The garlic tortilla appetizer was very good. That was the best part. The chips and salsa to start were sadly lacking in size. Our table of six got two small bowls (maybe 8 chips in the bowl) and when asked former were told they would charge extra. Guess we should have split up into three tables... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Arriving up the stairs it looks great however that was the best bit. An underwhelming greeting by staff set the tone. The lights were full on shining directly into our faces at the table. The service wasn't at all engaging. The music didn't fit the restaurant it wasn't Mexican and sounded out of place. The food was also bland. This... More 

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DrewskiZQN, Owner at Sombreros Mexican Cantina, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to point out some issues. I'd love it if you could either pop back up or email me directly on sombreros@vodafone.co.nz and let me know a bit more about where you were sitting and what night/day you dined so we can get this fixed as this is not the experience we've been offering... More 

Townsville, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Went for dinner with the whole family for our last night in Queenstown. Meals were good size, avg taste but offering was inflexible with my 4ft 10, 70yr old mum who barely eats anything not able to order a kids size meal and anything else would have been a waste. She ended up having garlic bread only which seemed a... More 

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Sydney
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187 reviews 187 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Good mexican, great atmosphere and friendly staff all with a warm fire. The corn chips and salsa on arrival was a nice touch and the overall meal tasty and filling. It was also nice to find a Mexican where we could BYO wine.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Went in sceptical - was looking for vegetarian food. LOVED it, especially their Kiwi drink. Great vegetarian options, great location and very good service. Not very expensive either, by Queenstown standards.

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Sydney
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We went to this restaurant three times while we were on our week-long holiday. It might not seem like much, but we aimed to try as many restaurants and cafes as we could, but we kept coming back here. The food is excellent, the service is outstanding - I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

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Drewski1974, Owner at Sombreros Mexican Cantina, responded to this review

Hi Alicia, thank you so much for this great review and thank you to both you and your husband for your very generous tip and for coming in to see us 3 times that week! I hope your packing didn't take too long in the hotel and you got the chance to take the water taxi out to The Hilton... More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The food was amazing the and friends and I that went did First Table which got us 50% OFF (a locals or travelers dream to saving). Great vibes, service, staff was awesome, and fun hats to wear!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Went there for lunch, having been there a few times in the evening before. It's been around for almost 30 years but still a local's favourite which is a testament to the food, in a town where places come and go constantly. Great good, very filling servings and a lively colourful atmosphere tucked away from the hustle and bustle but... More 

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Cromwell, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My family and I had a meal here recently. The food was quite average for the price, Portion size was small, kids meals were very overpriced and bad value. Staff were good to deal with but I can say that we will not be returning. I cant say much more that that really

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Drewski1974, Owner at Sombreros Mexican Cantina, responded to this review

Hi Rick, Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. As a parent of two young children I've really tried to find a balance of affordability for both the diners (and their children) and also a sustainable price for the restaurant to be able to afford to offer a good sized meal for the child that includes... More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Stumbled across Sombreros for dinner last week. Had a brilliant atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff. Food was lovely and fairly priced. Overall i would definitely recommend this.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11-13 Beach Street, Queenstown 9197, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Queenstown
  • Phone Number: +64 3 442 8240

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 26
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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