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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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 47
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  • 25
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  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
An excellent surprise

We went to Sombreros unaware of any reviews and to be honest not with very high hopes. The restaurant is upstairs above a small cluster of shops with little to herald its existence. In fact we were more than pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. The dining room is quite modest, with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stumbled across this lovely cantina for lunch. I ordered two tacos - one chicken and one vegetarian and both were delicious! Also had the salsa sampler - so good! Great service by the staff and had a lovely chat with the owner about the town. This was a great place to get a quick bite at a great price. Also... More 

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Thank Erin S
DrewskiZQN, Owner at Sombreros Mexican Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks so much for reviewing us Erin, Zex-Mex...we're going to steal that one off you! Thanks again Erin and I hope we see you again soon. Warmest regards Drew Harmer More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has changed up their menu and style a bit. I thought is was a really good Kiwi version of tex-mex. Pork belly tacos and vegetarian tacos were especially delicious.

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Thank Jeremiah S
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would avoid this place at all costs. We had chicken fajitas which took >1 hour to arrive and all the chicken was just skin and bone. The fajitas were stale and the whole meal bland. We pointed this out to our server who didn't care and offered no alternatives. For the same money you could eat in one of... More 

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Thank Richard L
DrewskiZQN, Owner at Sombreros Mexican Cantina, responded to this review

This is so disappointing to read Richard, I unreservedly apologise for your terrible experience and would love for you to contact me directly at sombreros@vodafone.co.nz so that I can arrange a refund for you and offer you the chance to come in at my cost to see the changes we have made based on your review. Richard it has been... More 

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71 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Felt in the mood for a Mexican and walked by here, so went in. Ordered a bottle of wine and some food and waited. And waited... Finished the bottle before anything appeared. Finally our sharing plate of Chicken Fajitas arrived. Meant to be for 2 people but only three pancakes (how does that divide between two?) and one chicken leg/thigh... More 

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

Hi Paul, thanks very much for taking the time to review us. Yes we feel your disappointment too, the first major change to the menu in over 15 years and things didn't quite go according to plan. I'd love the opportunity to put things right, please contact me directly at sombreros@vodafone.co.nz so that we can arrange for you to come... More 

London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Sombreros unaware of any reviews and to be honest not with very high hopes. The restaurant is upstairs above a small cluster of shops with little to herald its existence. In fact we were more than pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. The dining room is quite modest, with possibly no more than a dozen tables (some... More 

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Thank LondonPhilC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was ok. We liked the vegetarian options. A positive would be the service we recieved and the short amount of time it took to come out to us.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun place with a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. The food is standard Tex-Mex and we tried enchiladas and fajitas and all very good. Don't agree about the small portions as we were all pretty full. Margaritas were good (on the rocks). All-in-all a great place for a fun night and reasonable value

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1 Thank mike p
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch and all four of us enjoyed our food! It's tucked away between buildings, and upstairs, but worth finding! A friend who lives in NZ told us the kiwis haven't figured out how to do good mexican food yet, but this restaurant proved her wrong! I highly recommend the veggie quesadilla!

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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A second floor hole-in-the-wall, this was a great find. I recommend the chips with the 3 dips. The guac and salsa are excellent, but the bean dip is incredible. Entrees were also very good.

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1 Thank krakor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think they were the only Mexican restaurant in New Zealand who understood JAIN food. Having dietary restrictions that they understood, they made some of the finest Veg Mexican food i have eaten in a while. Burritos, Quesadillas, Enchiladas and Tacos is what we had called for. All Veg and in a JAIN format. We ate there 2ce in our... More 

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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 - 23
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children

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