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El Matador

196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 2999
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average5%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“churros” (31 reviews)
“tapas” (82 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Latin, Spanish, Argentinean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
196 Cuba Street | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped in here for lunch . We were told half a hour wait so just had a coffee . That was nice . The place is old and quirky but some of the walls are greased stained by extractor fans . I do wonder...More

Thank Sandra D
Wendabelle, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Food health standards are excellent at El Matador. Our open kitchen features a real wood-fired Argentine parrilla - i.e. we cook over an open fire which naturally discolours the stainless steel wall beneath the extractor system. Our restaurant decor is intentionally shabby chic. Of course...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I agreed with the fame of this restaurant as they serve the best woodfired steak in town. They actually do! The steak was cooked to perfection: tender, medium-cooked, and tasty. I love the special dish, 1-kg of steak (changing from time to time). Not only...More

Thank Customer1429
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

I was taken here by my local friends because we all have a love and appreciation for meat of all kinds. Our 4 main dishes were superb - no complaints whatsoever. The main "issue" we did have was the service from our (asian) waitress -...More

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Awesome friendly and attentive staff. The portions are massive (first time we went we made the mistake of ordering several tapas to share before our meal-nearly died of food coma!) Now we order a scotch fillet and share the plate, perfect amount for us. Always...More

Thank lleep2018
Reviewed April 2, 2018

Its a place you can easily miss, but worth looking for it on the top third right hand side of Cuba street: Once inside the open fired pizza oven sets the scene, which is rustic and olde world charming, warm atmosphere and attentive hosts. A...More

Thank geraldw557
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

The woman that greeted us on a Monday night would not seat us. She told us it would be an hour before we would get food despite having multiple tables available (no large parties and no pending large groups - I asked). Either they have...More

Thank 5WorldTraveler5
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

Online menu stated rib eye steak available however it was not on the restaurant menu when we arrived (probably wouldn't have gone if knew online menu was out of date). We decided to go with the daily BBQ choice as recommended by the waitress -...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

The service was good, the starters were excellent, and the mains were great. The portions of the steak were more than enough. We didn't even have room due desserts. Plus they make a mean mojito...

Thank James F
Reviewed March 12, 2018

Last night in Wellington and wanted a meat feast. This was spot on. I'm inclined to say it was one of the better steaks I've ever had. The Argentinian barman was excellent in his advice and service. Steak came exactly as requested. Salad was good...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Quick catch up wih friends. Walked in off the street to a window table. Great service by multiple table servers. Two ordered the burgers and were totally amazed at the quailty. Other two ordered tapas of lamb, beef, chicken and ravioli. These were wonderful and...More

Thank Tracey P
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September 25, 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, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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