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“Epitomizes what's good about Cuba Street” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fidel's Cafe

Fidel's Cafe
234 Cuba Street, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
644 8016868
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Ranked #60 of 697 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $19
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Epitomizes what's good about Cuba Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Fidel’s on Cuba St has a great atmosphere. It is cozy and eclectic and photos of Che and Fidel line the walls. Their food is just as good as the ambiance. I went there for a late breakfast this morning and ordered the waffles with maple syrup, strawberries, and whipped cream. The portion was generous and the waffles were gooey and delicious, made Belgian-style. I also ordered a mocha, which was one of the best I’ve had in Wellington (which is saying a lot considering this city is the espresso capital of New Zealand!). It came with two marshmallows, which I always appreciate. Although this was all I ate, the counter displayed delicious-looking sweet and savory treats and the menu boasted Mexican-style food and a variety of teas, smoothies, juices, and milkshakes. I also noticed many regulars sitting down or getting take-away, which is always a good sign. Definitely a great choice for someone looking to have a relaxed and delicious meal with a friend!

(Service was subpar, however).

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great breakfast spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Amazing coffee and lovely staff well worth a visit. Toasted bagel was perfect. Characterful and epitomises the upper Cuba Street area, non touristy.

Visited February 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“had lunch here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

was ok. Nothing fantastic here. small cafe scenario. would be ok for lunch and thats about it. could do a lot better.

Visited November 2012
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San Francisco
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Funky place, great burgers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Fidel's is a cool, relaxed cafe in the centre of Wellington. It's got a very positive vibe with lots of Cuban flavor. The food is quite good but you go there for the burgers and beer. It is a typical place for an after work beer and food. This is not a fancy restaurant with Michelin star chef but on the positive side it also doesn't cost you that much money. I really enjoyed it!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Loved everything about it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

The cappuccinos are amazing! I loved everything. The staff seemed relaxed but working bloody hard as that place was never empty. The breakfast menu was original and everything was so fresh and delicious. I tried one of the smoothies and it was finished within a minute, they are that good. This place is an institution and hope it stays like that. We need more places like this in Ireland, especially your barista skills!

Visited December 2012
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