- Mon – Fri 7:30am – 10pm
- Sat 8am – 10pm
- Sun 9am – 10pm
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: No
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
A bastion at the top of Cuba Street. Fidel’s is one of the most popular spots in town. Licensed and serving from the menu for breakfast and all the way through, Fidel’s has some of the best counter food in town as well as a full lunch and dinner menu. Part of the Havana family, Havana coffee comes fresh from the roastery just around the corner. A summer sun-trap, the front courtyard is an ideal spot to lose time.
26 Reviews for Fidel’s Cafe
staff seemed very busy and quite unfriendly. They often push you out of the way without a word or apology. have been here quite often, and this seems to always be the case. the waiters rarely smile.
very nice! two outside ares where you can smoke and nice music playing.
very tasty! i recommend the wedges or the apricot chicken pizza. from 4pm they do a great 20$ deal, a large pizza and two beers, which i highly recommend!
for dessert – waffles with ice cream and hot cherries.
average, 18$ for a large pizza. could be a bit cheaper, but you pay for the atmosphere which is very nice ( outside! )
Our food arrived quickly and was hot and delicious. Coffee was quick to be served but for overall experience I can’t say it hit the mark with me.
Visited January 2014
Felt like the customer service could be better! The staff seem to be very stressed out and rude.
I ordered the House Smoked Salmon on Hash Brown – It was a basic meal, I felt very unsatisfied with it. My partner ordered the Eggs Benedict with ham – Looked yum and tasted good! I wish ordered that instead.
Visited March 2014
My order of Eggs Benedict with homemade hash was made to a high standard. The hollandaise sauce was especially good. With hollandaise sauce being such a cliche sauce in cafes nowadays, it is rare to come across a worthwhile one. Fidel’s hollandaise sauce is unique, tangy and the right balance of richness. The sauce essentially made the whole dish!
I concur with other reviewers regarding the wait times and service. It can be a long wait before you are seated and served (it took around 15 minutes for us).
Coffee is made to a satisfactory standard, using Havana coffee beans. While I am not a particularly huge fan of Havana’s dark/strong roast, barista technique and skill was of a good standard nonetheless.
Overall, a good lunch experience. My fellow diner and I will sure be back to give it another go in the near future!
Visited August 2013
The place was entirely packed and pumping! But we scored the best seat in the house on a hot day – outside undercover, right beside the front footpath for fresh air and people-watching. Well, not really fresh-air, because smokers were about doing their thing. But no drama – it’s a pretty laid-back establishment.
Staff were really helpful and chipper, in spite of rushing fast to get everyone served without too much of a wait, as they had an absolutely full house when we arrived for ‘brunch’ at ten to 2pm.
Because we had a preschooler in tow, I decided to speed up the ordering process by queuing up at the counter to order (because shortly after we were seated we had unwisely asked our table waitress to give us more time to decide… but ended up waiting 10 mins for her return)… but the staff were unphased and friendly about me then placing our table order at the counter. Staff then happily came over promptly to take our drinks order as requested. Nicely done
I would come back to Fidels in a flash.
The front of house staff seem pleasant enough however it is a pity that the kitchen seem to lack urgency and passion to the food they send out.
Every time I have dined at Fidel’s, there has always been an error with our order, this comes in the form of hairs in food or food just not appearing whatsoever.
I would love to see a more energetic and hardworking kitchen wanting to please customers but it seems that all the kitchen staff do is stand around and chat while occasionally sending out food when it best suits them.
Such a pity for such a wonderful iconic Wellington institution.
Visited July 2012
Dispite that i recommend it
The problem I have with Fidel’s is their client focus. there are only about 10 tables for the inside, while their “outside” area have about the same if not more. Increasing the non smoking area would benefit this please immensely.
Out the side in the sun, out the back in a funky covered area or inside on a booth or table.
I love the food especially the brunches.
Can be VERY VERY busy which results in uncomfortable queues where the staff have to push through you constantly to deliver their orders and you are unable to find a table once you have ordered.
Beware – the back area is quite smoky at times.