Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12.00 – 2.00pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 5.30pm – Late
Sundays: 12.00 – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12.00 – 2.00pm
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
About Besos Latinos Restaurant
Translating as “Latin kisses,” Besos Latinos promises to romance your palate with a mouth-watering exploration of authentic traditional Latin American cuisine.
Set back from the bustle of Elliott Stables, Besos Latinos immediately transports you out of muggy Auckland. Runned by Mexican Artist Cecilia Mijangos, partner to international award winning Chef Luis Cabrera, the beautifully decorated space is an elegant and inviting evocation of old world hacienda and quaint Pueblo marketplace. Warm brick and exposed timbers are softly lit from the glow of arched sconces. A fountain gurgles. Cecilia’s exuberantly painted mural and dramatic flower arrangements provide a light-hearted foil to the collection of gothic Latin American folk art on the walls.
Besos Latinos is deeply committed to bringing authentic Latin American gourmet cuisine to a new audience. The first restaurant of its kind in New Zealand, Besos Latinos has nothing to do with Tex Mex – the nachos and tacos many New Zealanders mistakenly believe is traditional Latin American cuisine.
The restaurant offers traditional dishes from Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, along with a fine selection of Latin American cocktails, wines and beers.
The staff all hail from Latin American and are always ready to guide diners through the tantalising menu.
Interesting interior, though the lighting is a bit gloomy. Tacos (should really be called 'tortillas') are tiny - about your palm size; without an extra side like rice it would be too small of a meal - more like a starter. And they are very messy to eat! The sauce runs all over your hands. Ensure you have extra napkins with these. The beef pieces were rather hard to chew. Service was way too quick. From the moment we sat down to paying the bill only 40 minutes alltogether! It felt like we've been to a fast food place, not a restaurant. No desserts on the menu doesn't help either. So, all in all the food is good enough but the place lacks that 'nice going out place' feeling.
Loved the hospitality! Keep up the great work guys!
Good atmosphere, although it did get quite noisy in there once more people started arriving. I loved the Mexican food that I tried (the best I have had in NZ) and really appreciated that the menu included items suitable for my Gluten-Free plus vegetarian diet. Loved the hibiscus tacos! One thing I would suggest though: could the waiter please read back the order before placing it in the kitchen? I think he added something to the menu that I asked about but didn't definitely request (extra tortillas). Not entirely sure how that happened, but reading back the order helps us customers clarify this kind of thing.
A great night, everyone thoroughly;enjoyed themselves.Great service, great food, real friendly, and everything just got even better the more tequila we had - strange that!
Lovely service and food, everyone was very friendly and enjoyed the food
It was great!
Food was delicious, service was great. Would definitely go back.
Food was incredibly average, not like real Mexican food at all... more like cheap Old El Paso. Small portions and not tasty at all. We might have received 50% off and it still felt incredibly overpriced for what it was.
As always, a fantastic location, great service, lovely food and everyone I invited enjoyed the night. I will be back Michael
Outstanding service. Every person who served us was upbeat and just lovely and it definitely made for a lovely night! Cant wait to come back and taste everything else on the menu.. it all looked so good and what we had was delicious!
Super helpful staff too! :) Thank you.
Excellent food and service
Chef Cabrera best chef ever
Really enjoyed the food, especially the fish tacos, as its was authentic Latin American cuisine. Good service from staff who could explain each of the menu options
Empanadas are worth it.
Hola!!Enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was superb. Staff are friendly and attentive. Food was fantastic and definitely coming back!!! Muchias Gracias!!!
The food was below average. Very disappointing to see the use of canned corn in some of the dishes we ordered instead of fresh grilled corn. I got two small pieces of hibiscus flower in my main and the rest was mainly corn and red onions. Absolutely overpriced. The guacamole was terrible, all we got was a huge amount of garlic and cheap corn chips from a package. My partner couldn't even finish his main as it was very unappetising. The wine was good and the service very good. Beautiful place and nice decoration.
Always a pleasant experience at Besos Latinos. Love the atmosphere of the place and the friendly service, not to mention the delicious food that never disappoints.
I enjoy eating at your restaurant, the food, atmosphere, service and pricing. Thanks!
Always enjoy dining hear. Everyone is welcomeing and friendly. The food is consistently good.
Excellent service, would like to dine in again
Me encanta! Muchas gracias! Like many people I'm an immigrant in NZ and don't have my family here but had a beautiful night with friends at Besos Latinos- you made the night unforgettable with singing for me aswell! such a warm atmosphere and beautiful food like always. 5 estrellas!
Excellent food and drink friendly staff and great atomsphere enjoyed having water from the skull!
Great cocktails, good menu and service!