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.
Staff were very friendly. Unfortunately they didn't seem to know what they were supposed to do. I suspect there was a language barrier which caused most of the problem. We ordered drinks with 2 different staff, received big friendly smiles but still didn't receive our drinks. Meals came out at different times. 1 meal came out when 2 of us had almost finished our meals. We asked for no cheese on one dish and somehow this translated to getting haloumi cheese on the dish. The chicken was dry. The meat on the skewer however was yummo as wad the rice it came with. Overall, very nice, friendly people but unfortunately poor service (possibly the staff were new & language barrier) and average food.
Such a remarkable Birthday dinner I had in your restaurant last Sat! Delicious food and amazing atmosphere! Thank you, guys. I can recommend your service 🍸🥘🍷 👍🏻
Excellent service, atmosphere and food. Really enjoyed our time and the staff were lovely 😄
I am from Mexico, so it felt like being back home. Luis, the owner, is a friend of ours, so it was like visiting with a friend to have dinner. Each dish is prepared on the spot and with attention to detail. The decor of the place is quite unique, which adds to a great experience. I'd recommend the "Arrachera Steak".Gracias!!
Food is always good but the service this time was very slow and we were early at 6pm, We shared an entree before having a main meal each. It wasn't until part way through the main meal that our drink arrived.
Perfect, thank you.
Besos is a fantastic restaurant. I have been here quite a few times and its always good food and service! Highly recommended. I will be going back many many more times.
Lovely meal and great atmosphere, we will be back
Average food. Not the best quality of ingredients.
It made us feel like we were in South America, the atmosphere was great! The molten cheese dip was a stunner.
Great food and drinks. Have been many times and will continue to come :)
Superb food. Fantastic service.
Good meal just before the show at Aotearoa Centre. Nice to be tucked away from the crowds in the Stables.
This was not authentic maexican/Latino food at all. Starting from a salsa with chips that tastes like the salsa is straight from a can and way too sweet to even be called close to a salsa. Then the taco had lettuce which is not even Mexican with small portions of meat and again a sweet tomato salsa.Maybe someone who has never been to Mexico would think this is Ok but me having a Mexican wife thinks this is unacceptab;e and not even close.Then we asked for a salsa to spice up the Taco and the waitress brought bottle of Tabasco sauce over.Quickly after about 5 minutes she was asked by a man behind the counter to collect it.We thought ok maybe another table wants it,but no it went behind the counter without even asking if we were finished with it. Prices are way too high for something that does not resemble the local cuisine. I like to leave a positive note at the end and neither the food or staff get this but the interior was well decorated. We will never return and will tell friends to go elsewhere should they want Mexican/Latino cuisine
Service is always excellent at Besos Latinos. The portions are generous and the ambience is lovely. Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Thank you.
Had the BEST evening celebrating my daughters birthday! Lovely effort by all to make her night special. Will definitely be back for best Margaritas in town.
Fantastic friendly staff. Great decor & atmosphere. Amazing food!!!
Great night, atmosphere and food. Generous sized tables to sit at too. Will be back! Thanks!
It took ages before we attended too, we got out seats, and that was it we sat there for at leat 30 hour before anyone came to attend to us, didnt even offer water or anything like most of the other restaurants i have been too, we ordered our starters and main meal and drinks all at one go, a few other people turned up after us got served in No time and had their dinner way before us, we had our starter meal, finished that and waited and waited, my girlfriend got to the point where she was getting Hangry, no on checked on us, we had to try and grab attension from a waitress, and when we asked where our dinner was, she said, ah they will be doing the easy food first, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?????? I thought all customers are supposed to be prioritied, doesnt matter what they order, she then decided to go and check only to find out that they had forgotten about us, so she brought us another starter free of charge, because we were so hungry we had that, when our meals finally came, they got my order wrong, another DISAPPOINTMENT, because we had eaten the other starter they brought, I DIDNT GET TO FINISH MY MAIN MEAL (DISAPPOINTED AGAIN), because we were so full from the other dish, Dont get me wrong, YOUR FOOD IS GOOD but YOUR SERVICE SUCKS. Im not going to go back again. That was my first time and my last. Feeling DISAPPOINTED, It was supposed to be a good night, i never plan any dinner outings, usually its spur of the moment or my girlfriend organises it, thought inwould do something nice, we never enjoyed ourselves, myself especially because my girlfriend was getting impatient and Hangry.
First time to this amazing authentic restaurant very close by the movie theatre and bowling alley. It added a special touch to our Valentines Day. Not realising there was a set menu for the day at the time of booking, we were able to order off the standard menu without a problem. The service was very good and meals were quick to come out and very tasty. We were on a tight time frame so it was perfect.
Nice tasty food, simple meal but enjoyed it. Will go back.
Nice atmosphere, great service, lovely food, all at a good price
Well worth finding this hidden gem
Hi guys I ordered a passion fruit margarita jar , actually I got a mango margarita but it was delicious then I didn't say anything . The service excellent.😀 The music when is too loud makes hard to keep a conversation .😐 Lovely to heard The Bolero de Ravel 😊