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Pan de Muerto Mystic Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar

3_half star rating
40 reviews

Cuisine: Mexican

82 Tory St
Wellington Central
Wellington City
04 913 4252
 

Hours:

  • Mon – Thur 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm
  • Fri 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 3am
  • Sat 5pm – 3am
  • Sun 5pm – 11pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Children's Menu
    • Conference Facilities
    • Live Music
    • Private Dining Room
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
    • Romantic Dining
    • Wedding Functions
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • Seating for: 120
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Pay & Display
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Pan de Muerto’s approach to dining represents a celebration of life, friends, family and loved ones. Dining is a sharing experience where you select from a range of Pequeños bocados (small bites) or Tapas as they are more commonly known throughout the world. The diverse and interesting selection of Pequeños bocados on the menu are perfectly complimented by Wellingtons largest selection of tequila and Mexican cerveza.

Our dishes are meticulously prepared and executed using a mix of mainly imported and local produce. You will find traditional Mexican dishes, as well as modern variations of traditional dishes and flavours. The menu changes regularly to make the most of seasonal ingredients.

Pan de Muerto is not just known for its flavoursome food. The incredible decor speaks volumes about the passion that has gone into the development of this restaurant. As you enter the restaurant you step into another world, with a mix of contemporary and rustic design, and subtle details that will surprise. An infusion of friendly human sized skeletons are scattered throughout the restaurant. Affectionately names ‘Pedro’, the smiling sugar skull takes pride of place on the restaurant’s logo and is widely associated with Mexican food throughout New Zealand. The food and decor is complemented by professional friendly service with a South American feel to give you a truly authentic dining experience.

Pan de Muerto has created a very unique and friendly dining experience which caters for people of all ages. On special occasions, you mighty see face painting or watch the restaurant transform into a dance floor with live Mariachi bands. There’s always something new happening.

Make every meal like its your last, break bread with us at Pan de Muerto.

Hasta pronto

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40 Reviews for Pan de Muerto Mystic Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar

Amy B.

2

25th June 2014
1 star rating
Didn’t even make it through the door. Called a week before to make a reservation for a party of 18…. had an uneasy feeling since the guy said the booking system wasn’t working so I called to double check a few days before. They lost my booking and the restaurant area was already booked by another party of 30+ people for that night. The guy offered the patio area for us… at a cost of $200!!!! Can you believe that?! Making me a pay for their mistake and for using the space (when they would have easily made $500+ on us). They weren’t even prepared to offer us a drink deal or free chips for our large party. Terrible service.

Luckily, The Flying Burrito Brothers were able to take our booking last minute. Plus, they are slightly cheaper too! Perhaps, it was a blessing in disguise.

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24th May 2014
1 star rating
we used to go here regularly and always knew what we wanted from the menu. but last night was so terribly disappointing we are not going back.

the menu has changed, which we were not told about, everything that was on their traditional mexican mains section before is now a tapas?! why? the only mains were steak and lamb shank why would i go to a mexican restaurant to order lamb shank when i can get that down at the irish pub!

i had the chicken enchiladas, which before were on the mains section of the old menu. this time they were in the tapas or small bites section but the dish was listed on the 2nd page and there was no heading, nothing, no continued or anything to suggest that the previous section had run onto the second page. i assumed when i ordered i was getting a main as it was $18. when it came i was absolutely horrified ONE enchilada cut in HALF!!!! and it was even in the same bowl that it used to be in when it was a main.

ONE TAPAS FOR $18 who do they think they are to price ONE enchilada at $18!

the server who didnt explain in the beginning that the menu had changed in the last 2 weeks had now decided to tell us and was not at all apologetic and said we could order more if we wanted. not for $18 a mouthful thanks! SO in the end for THREE entrees and ONE main and TWO jugs for two it cost us $120 and to still be hungry after is just modern robbery nowadays.

so very disappointed we will just have to go to one of the many other mexican places popping up around wellington.

we wont be going back until they have a properly formatted menu, decent prices to portion sizes and traditional mexican mains on their menu.

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19th May 2014
5 star rating
Went here last week for dinner – the food was amazing and the service was excellent. Can recommend the chimmichungas, and the stuffed jalapenos. The churros were also delicious and if you ask nicely you can get the chocolate & the salted caramel sauce! Will definitely be back.

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12th May 2014
1 star rating
Mexican Wild Goose Chase. Lovely decor but not so lovely staff member. Went there last Saturday night with a group of family and friends to celebrate my teenage granddaughter’s birthday and was about to max out on a $19 agave tequila when a huddle began forming around my end of the table. At its centre stood a bearded bar person who was busy explaining the liquor licensing law as it applied in his establishment to individuals under 18 years of age. We had 7 such members in our party as well as 8 adults but did not realise that each minor must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Acknowledging our misunderstanding of their relevant website notice, and with notable good grace, we prepared to leave, first asking our host if he knew of somewhere else to go. My daughter had searched online for a Mexican restaurant in Miramar which, with seemingly amazing helpfulness, our host offered to phone on our behalf as he knew someone working there. He soon returned with the news that the Miramar restaurant could take all 15 of us. What an incredible piece of luck!

What a con! The small Miramar restaurant was bursting at the seams when we arrived. On the footpath outside, the apologetic and slightly embarrassed manager assured us he’d had no such phone call and made a noble and very much appreciated effort to suggest other places we could go.

When I think about that mean hoax at Pain de Muerto I have nothing but bad taste in my mouth.

Visited April 2014

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16th April 2014
5 star rating
Seriously a fabulous dining experience and a fun place! I went with a friend and have been back consistently over the last several weeks, slowly making my way through the dinner menu and margarita menu…Now must get in and try their new lunch menu!

The margaritas are divine. They even use the machete from the movie ‘Machete’ to chop blocks of ice to make the traditional margaritas. Very impressive sight! But if you get the chance to try the current special – coconut and pineapple margaritas, you WILL be back for more! Extremely addictive.

The food is rather delicious. The portions are huge and well worth the price. Seems that the ingredients are top quality and everything is made on site. You must try the chimichungas, especially the pork ones-you’ll be ordering a second no doubt! Try the burrito (easily split between 2 so you can leave room for dessert!) Now to top it all off, imagine 3 lovely liqeur glasses – the first full of white chocolate, the second with berries or cherries and 2 lovely chocolate biscotti and for the piece de resistance…chocolate mousse with chipotle and salted caramel on top.. This trio de chocolate is so delicious it’s hard to stray and try something else! I did however try the tarta caramelo which was also delicious but it’s that trio that has me keep coming back for more.

The ambience is great. Even though it does get packed out more often than not, the noise levels are fine. The decor is quite amazing- apparently they’ve had a couple of special effects guys from Weta in to do it all up. When you go, have a look for the skeletons dotted around the place. Apparently one is called Pan and the other Puerto. Really interesting decor and a good outdoor/indoor smoking room which is rather perfect for a sneaky cigar..

What can I say, I’ve taken a few different groups of friends down to try Pan de Muerto and not only do I keep going back but so do they with their groups Moreof friends. Says it all. It’s good, real good.

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Ali B.

4

25th January 2014
5 star rating
Decor: Visually stunning!
Staff: Friendly and very attentive!
Food: Delicious!
A feast for the eyes and stomach! Meticulous attention to detail from the recycled timbers, colourful paints and tiles used, to the miniature skulls entwined in the wrought iron windowless panes at the entrance; the ingredients of the cocktails as well as the presentation, choice and sensory delights of the traditional and contemporary Mexican food on offer. This place is well worth the visit!

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Dave B.

24

18th January 2014
4 star rating
This place came highly reccomended and after reading the reviews, I was expecting alot. I went with workmates and we were not let down. The decor is amazing. Staff were helpful regarding the different beers available (all authentic Mexican beers, don’t ask for Heineken!).

The menu is great. If you want your classic Mexican dish, no problem, but if your looking for something with a bit of a twist, then this is the place to go! We had a small muck up with the entrees but if we had even been concerned as soon as you take a bite all is good with the world! The food here is excellent.

I see other reviews complaining about the size of the mains which I thought was a bit harsh. The size of the mains are fine, as is the price point. In fact, we thought the prices were good so we ordered entrees as well. We met the owner who took time out to come over to our table and welcome us, which put a personal touch to the evening. I’m looking forward to returning and sampling more of what Pan de Muerto has to offer!

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29th May 2014
5 star rating
Myself and my partner went to Pan de Muerto for dinner last night and we were blown away. After a really busy day we sat down to a new menu. This is always exciting as I love my food. We chose from the tapas menu and chose about five items and we were blown away with the depth in flavour or everything!

Corn chips and guacamole with a bean dip too, braised beef taco and a vegetable taco, pork rips, quinoa and chorizo risotto too. The chef came out and spoke to us at the end of the night and answered some questions we had about the food. Very talented and knowledgable chef.

We will definitely be back!!!

Visited May 2014

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29th November 2013
4 star rating
Great night great food great staff! Love the fact the wait staff singing along with the music. Made for a authentic experience.
Well done and see you again soon!

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27th October 2013
5 star rating
Best meal i’ve had in Wellington in a long time!! As soon as you walk in you notice an really awesome mexican atmosphere. The place is really well furnished with lots of cool interior details. The food tasted absolutely amazing and everything was really well presented. We were also really surprised at how fast they got the meals to us considering it was really busy! The staff were really lovely. Will definitely be back!

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3rd October 2013
5 star rating
I came down from Auckland and was looking forward to trying a few different Mexican restaurants in Wellington as I’m a huge fan of Mexican food. But after eating here once we didn’t bother going anywhere else… The food was simply incredible and decent sized portions. The restaurant itself seemed really authentic and the attention to detail in the decor was staggering. The pricing was reasonable, and the staff were ok. But the food… Just wow! We NEED one of these in Auckland!

Visited September 2013

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16th September 2013
5 star rating
I came here recently for dinner. We made the booking at the beginning of the week, and it was worth the anticipation. All the waitstaff knew the menu really well, and checked how we were going throughout the night. Food was great, well designed and reasonable sized portions. My friends and I all work in hospo and are not easily impressed by service, but they really excelled and it made it a great night. Would definitely recommend.

Visited July 2013

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1st September 2013
5 star rating
I was recently in Wellington for the rugby. After the match, my group was after a place to eat and spend the rest of the night having fun. We ended up deciding on Pan De Muerto’s and I’m glad we did. We had some starters from the menu whilst we decided on which tequila to sample. This turned out to be quite a daunting task as the selection of tequila on offer was mind boggling. Thankfully the staff’s knowledge and their friendly attitudes helped with our selection of drinks. The restaurant had an amazing fit-out and looked fantastic and when coupled with the great entertainment, friendly staff, great food and amazing tequila, we had a great night. I will definitely return when I next visit Wellington.

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Jade S.

15

6th May 2014
3 star rating
This USED to be my absolute favorite restaurant in Wellington and for awhile I went there once a week. Before they moved you could get giant plate of food for like $20 then at their new location for the same price a bit smaller but eventually they just got too expensive and too small to go there any more, as we were paying around $90 for two people just for dinner and an entree! I love the new location and the decor it’s just gotten “too cool” to go to any more…However, if you go up the road to the other Mexican restaurant you can get an awesome American/Mexican meal which is my new favourite Mexican place! :)

Visited July 2013

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Nic D.

1

11th July 2013
5 star rating
After dinning in 20+ times I thought I should tell people about my great experiences I have had while eating at Pan De Muerto. This evening was my first time in the new restaurant. I have been in Sydney for 2 years now and have not seen,heard or found a place like this one. Food was great. I had my usual jalapeños stuffed with cheese nice starter to warm up. Followed by slow braised beef rib not sure what was with it but flavours were great. Drinks were great and staff were more than helpful. It was my friends first time and they will be going back for sure. Loved looking around and seeing so much hard work and attention to detail gone in to the place.

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Daisy

3

30th June 2013
5 star rating
Have been here on many occasions, sometimes just with one or 2 others and once or twice with A big group. Every time I feel genuinely welcomed. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable but the main reason I love coming here is the food. I get pretty stuck in my ways and often just go for the Fish Taco which I know and love but lately I have tried A few stand out things on the new menu. Costilla De Res is my new favorite dish, cooked to perfection and great flavor combo’s! Will be back time and time again no doubt.

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16th June 2013
4 star rating
I went with a group of people that had been before. I have never had Mexican food before and found it a bit rich for my tastes but everyone else liked it. The staff that served us were great and couldn’t do enough to help, and this place has the nicest toilets in the world. The only fault would be that it was a little pricey for what you got. But apart from that, I liked it and would go again.

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8th June 2013
1 star rating
Pan De Muerto – Mystic Mexican Cuisine. This name really caught our attention and intrigue. The name suggested an enigma that we would figure out upon our dining experience. Having a bit of knowledge of Mexican and South American cuisine I thought this enigmatic concept would come to light when we sat down. However, I was mistaken. When we entered the restaurant it felt like we had set foot on the set of a Disney movie, everything just felt so staged. As the name suggests, this place is meant to celebrate the day of the dead – a sacred celebration of loved ones who have passed. Some of the decorations seemed out of whack with the main theme and just felt misplaced. This was a reoccurring theme throughout the night.

The ‘new’ winter menu, well that was nothing to rave about. This restaurant claims to be authentic and contemporary. However, Chimichangas Vegetariana and Pan de Muerto creamy Chimichurri. To my knowledge Chimichurri is an Argentinian accompaniment. The dish was lacking flavour and generally insipid. We also had the Jalapenos rellenos, which is the same as the Jalapenos rellenos that I have seen in the frozen foods section at the supermarket!

The main courses were a real let down. Again, it was just very bland, lacking flavour and just a waste of stomach space. By this stage I found myself wondering if there was a Mexican chef running the kitchen – I’m guessing not!

Dessert felt as though it was trying to appeal to typical ‘western tastes’, again feeling staged. To me the Burrito de fruta is tex mex to the core, and not contemporary Mexican cuisine. The last thing I want see on a dessert menu is a deep fried burrito stuffed with canned fruit! If I’m not wrong, burritos are traditionally stuffed only with meat.

If I am being honest, this whole experience was very lack lustre. We have eaten at authentic Mexican restaurants such as La Boca Loca, Caliente and Viva Mexico before and tMorehe difference between them and Pan de Muerto is akin to comparing apples and oranges.

I most definitely won’t be wasting my time returning to this restaurant again.

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Lucy S.

13

25th May 2013
4 star rating
We came here on the back of the Fishhead review and wern’t disapointed. The entrees of jalapenos stuffed with cheese were mouth watering, and the mains were just the right amount of spice. The service was excellent and although I wouldn’t come here for a romantic date, it was a really fun experiance.

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3rd May 2013
5 star rating
I grew up on Mexican food in the USA. Before my life in New Zealand I lived very close to Mexico. Since becoming a permanent resident of NZ it has been a mission of mine to find the best, most authentic Mexican food. Pan de Muerto delivers. The food is fantastic and authentic. The wait staff is friendly,knowledgeable, fast and fun. The original Margarita was perfect, just the right blend of tequila, lime and triple sec.

Visited April 2013

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19th April 2013
2 star rating
Dined tonight as part of a big group, the food was not bad but getting out to pay the bill was a disaster. Most people didn’t agree with what they were charged and at one stage there were 15 people waiting to pay while the bar staff (3) were standing around doing nothing. When this was mentioned to the owner who was at the bar, he advised something like there was a facility to pay at the table and we should of done that???
He was not really interested!

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9th April 2013
3 star rating
Went in hoping that the move to a different location had not ruined my favorite restaurant.
Weeeeeeeeeellllllll, there were highs and lows, we got the Mexican colas, which were life changing, so so so good, jaritos cola, with a lime wedge, and a cinnamon stick!! It was the best thing ever! We had to wait about 20 mins for a table – not unreasonable for a fri night, and they gave us complimentary corn chips and salsa! Very much appciated!
When I ordered my beloved jalapeños rollenios I was utterly disappointed. They had changed!! They are now super spicy, and I couldn’t eat them…. I can’t tell you how gutted I was. I complained to the waitress, and manager, who both cheerfully said that the menu had changed, and the restarant was under new management… So disappointed.
Our mains were absolutely delicious, and a definite improvement on the old place / menu (although i did love the old place / menu) but small portions, and we’re we’re still hungry afterwards…
All in all a mixed bag. Love the new place, tables are a bit crowded, staff were friendly and professional, food came our quickly, it was a little pricy I thought, $95 for 2 adults & a child, 2 entrees, 3 (small) mains, and 3 colas…..
We will go back though, I like it… Just need to get over the post jalapeño depression.

Visited February 2013

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27th March 2013
1 star rating
Probably the worst Mexican restaurant I have been to anywhere in the world.
Service is shocking (took an hour and 5 minutes to get a margarita tonight) and our meals around an hour and a half.
Food was so-so and the margarita, when it eventually arrived, was hopeless.
Management needs a good shakeup and the waiting staff a good kicking, aside from the one new girl who did her best to keep people happy with no support from her coworkers.
Avoid this place.

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19th March 2013
1 star rating
Disappointment all round. There’s only so much you can do with Mexican food and what we were served didn’t justify the price. The food was typical of other Mexican restaurants (who charge less), and the service was appalling.

My friend looked through the drinks menu and didn’t see what he was looking for so asked the guy behind the bar. The response was a sarcastic “Have you tried looking at the menu?”. My friend then tried to elicit a suitable response to a rather simple question, however the bar man thwarted any attempt to receive a cool beverage with his final overly sarcastic proclamation “this is a Mexican place”. Gob smacked we were. A simple yes or no would’ve been enough.

Everything was overpriced and the service certainly won’t save this place. I don’t imagine it’s going to last the distance if they carry on like this. Bring back the old Pan de Muerto I say!

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1st March 2013
5 star rating
Great experience, not just the food but the whole place. Service was excellent. The food was delicious, some spicy, others just really tasty. Home made nachos, stuffed jalapenos where especially good. Served in a cone shaped dish the chicken chimichangas were my favourite. Good sized portions. Quirky design with lots to look at decor. Water jugs have to be mentioned , great design. The details are taken care of. Prices were reasonable. We were there early (6pm) and the place was full by the time we left – and don’t miss a trip to the loo’s, worth it for a look at the fit out. We’ll be back.

Visited February 2013

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19th February 2013
4 star rating
Part of a big group and they managed to deliver a full table of very tasty, good sized meals very quickly. The beef fajitas came out in a very cool array of plates and pans and was pretty tasty, the three cheese stuffed crumbed jalapenos were amazing.

Obviously the wait staff have upped their game since some of the other reviews as they were absolutely fantastic and for those of you who find it important, my water glass remained topped up at all times.

Will definitely be back to try some more of their offerings. An amazing fit out, friendly staff and well priced tasty food.

As part of a group of over 10 the only complaint would be the requirement to split the bill into even portions. Easy way around this is to order entrees/bar snacks from the bar and prepay if the rest of the group just want mains. This is definitely worth it to try the jalapenos.

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17th February 2013
3 star rating
Having been to Mexico many times on business, I can say in all honesty that this place is a Disney-esque version of the real deal (and a version on LSD to boot). It verges on hurting the eyes. That being said, our group was all for a bit of fun so why not? Well, for one, the staff clearly take themselves and this joint too seriously and the food? Average and not so much authentic, but still okay though the portions are a bit mean in relation to price (case in point, the guacamole is awesome but you’re given enough for a side, not a starter). But really, it’s still the staff letting them down. Service is brusque, almost rude, you can forget about getting that second drink. Maybe they should have spent a little less on the Disney imagineer/decorator and more on training? I truly wonder how long they’ll be around once the hype wears off.

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12th February 2013
5 star rating
I’ve been to Pan de Muerto several times since the move to the new location, most recently with a large group of about 20 people. Each time has been great and I’ve always left looking forward to my next visit.

The food is delicious, and just the right level of spice. Personal favourites are the pork chimichangas (can’t get enough of these!), the duck tacos with yummy pineapple salsa and the pomegranate brulle. You’ll definitely want to make room for all three courses here, you’ll be missing out otherwise.

The drinks menu is impressive and has some of the best cocktails I’ve seen in Wellington. I’m still working my way through all of the options but the Commonwealth is my top pick so far, very different! It’s also nice to see a good variety of Mexican beers, makes a change from the usual Heineken. Big fan of the frozen margarita jugs too!

The staff have always been friendly and helpful, and seem to know the menu well. They also coped well with a large group, nobody was left waiting for their food while others were eating. The decor is gorgeous, especially the bar. Even the bathrooms are something special!

I’ll be back again soon, this is my new favourite dining spot.

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7th February 2013
1 star rating
This place could have done everything right. At the very least they could have done something right.

But everything was wrong man. The table was wrong. The service was wrong. The food was wrong. If only it were just one thing that went wrong. But it wasn’t.

Not enough guacamole. Not enough corn chips. Not enough water service. Not enough everything.

I’m sad about this place, in 3 months time it will be empty because they blew it.

I’m not going back. Not even to see if they’ve picked up their game.

The bill came to $100 on the dot. And that made me happy, because OCD.

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7th February 2013
1 star rating
I dined at Pan de Muerto with a friend, and had such high hopes for getting some decent Mexican food. Unfortunately, Pan de Muerto didn’t meet expectations.

Having booked a few days in advance, I was really disappointed to have been given one of the tables for two in the middle of all the foot traffic in the restaurant. This particularly galled, when we saw walk-ins being seated at the quieter side tables (there were no reserved signs on the tables). Our table was also a bit unstable, and if one of us lifted our arms off it, the table would go for a little spin.

As friendly as the server was, we didn’t get a second beer that was ordered, and after waiting 10 minutes for the menus to look at dessert, we gave up and had to flag down the server to give our order without looking at the menu again. We had to ask for a refill of water, and the server then refilled the glass of the person who had asked, and ignored the other glass which was nearly empty. Serving 101 – fail.

The food was pretty pedestrian. The dip starter was extra greasy and served with too few corn chips for the amount of dip. The mains (we had a beef burrito and fish tacos) were fairly ordinary for the price paid. Hoping for some dessert delight, the churros looked great, but there was uncooked batter in the middle, and the chocolate sauce tasted a bit like ice cream syrup.

All in all, we had high hopes, but they weren’t met. The decor was the most interesting thing about the restaurant. We won’t be going back.

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25th January 2013
1 star rating
Went last night to check out. Service pleasant but staff need to be waved down. Food experience not good – one companion had the Alambre which was OK and the Fajitas OK – but, not in comparison to equivalents at other restaurants for same price. The Burrito was awful and should never have been served – same with the duck taco. Chimichanga good as a bar snack. Wine selection OK – they don’t know how to make cocktails as a basic traditional one is the worst experience in over 2 decades! Great fitout and shame about the rest. Overheard the owner telling a customer that if something appeared on MenuMania he’d never let him eat there again! Interesting! spurred me on to do my first ever review here….

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24th January 2013
1 star rating
We came here for a friend’s birthday. We ordered some jugs of margaritas for $36 each thinking this would be a good deal and were a little disappointed to see that they filled only two glasses. We were even more disappointed when we saw that a single glass of margarita was $14!!! In other words, we were paying $8 more for the jug. We asked to speak to someone who told us that actually the jug filled three glasses if you didn’t fill them to the top and that, as a matter of practice, they never filled their single glasses up to the top. Relatively ‘okay’ with this response we continued with our drinks. However, as the night continued some people in our group ordered single glasses of margaritas and they were all filled to the top!!! When we queried this again, the owner and the previous bar manager (who had told us that they didn’t fill them to the top!?!?) became extremely defensive stating that they didn’t advertise the jugs so it wasn’t a problem, and inferred that most people were too stupid to notice they were paying more!!!! Stunned, we asked if they would please take off the extra we had paid for the jug which they refused. Just to be clear, I eat out regularly and have never before posted such a negative review! So, in my view, if you want to be totally ripped off then go here for dinner. The staff were rude and clearly had no respect for their customers – not even when it was one of their customer’s birthday!!

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23rd January 2013
5 star rating
Went to the new Pan de Muerto on Tory St last week and it is even better then it was before, huge menu try the chimichangas, the decor is out of this world, check out the bathrooms even if you dont need to go. Great food, excellent service, and the fitout will blow you away!!

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20th January 2013
3 star rating
We had been to Pan de Muerto when it was in Kent Terrace and were not that impressed but had read good reviews of it since its move to Tory Street. I’m pleased to say it has improved with the move although it is still a mixed experience.

On the good side, the food was well-prepared and tasty and there are some different dishes (to the usual KiwiMex fare) like the Alambre. The beef Alambre was particularly tasty, the chicken less so. The pork enchiladas were fairly average. The chimichangas were nice. The serving sizes weren’t particularly generous but were adequate.

The decor is terrific, especially the demon on a bike, and the toilets were nice and clean.

On the not-so-good side, the service wasn’t brilliant – we ordered the chimichangas as a main and it was brought out about 40 mins before our other mains were served. Our beef and chicken Alambre orders were mixed up.

The selection of wine by the glass was poor.

Perhaps the most off-putting thing about the place is the very low lighting. I have good eyesight and yet found it almost impossible to read the menu by the lights where I was sitting. Clearly we weren’t the only ones having difficulty as the staff had a torch that they were passing around from table to table so that patrons could read their menus! When I suggested to the waiter that he turn up the lights, he said the boss liked them like that for the atmosphere. Well, there is atmosphere and then there is blind stupidity (literally). This disregard for diners’ needs means we will not be going back to Pan de Muerto.

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19th January 2013
5 star rating
We want along last night for drinks and dinner. Service was great, drinks fantastic and loved the food. Even though we were seated right at the back by the kitchen, which at first we thought was going to be pretty loud, was a great dinning experience. Food came out pretty fast even though they were very busy. Love the decor. Totally be back again and recommend to anyone.

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11th January 2013
3 star rating
We had a burrito, fajita’s and corn chips. All very average, I thought it was a little overpriced for what you get. Atmosphere is great though and staff are all very friendly but the food let’s them down. Someone would have to twist my arm for me to go back.

Visited March 2012

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10th January 2013
5 star rating
What a great dining experience! Great food, staff, service, atmosphere and decor – not the cheapest Mexican restaurant in Wellington but definitely value for money, fresh and well-presented. Apparently Pan de Muerto has been open two weeks today. Clearly this restaurant is well-managed – already it appears to be really popular so it would pay to book unless you are prepared to wait for a table or be in the door just after 5. The only slightly negative thing I could say is that I found the menu a little hard to read due to the lighting (although the fab atmosphere is created by the lighting to a large degree) – may cause problems for oldies, or those with dodgy eyesight. Easily the best place I’ve been to in last 6 months. Worth 5 stars. Keep it up.

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8th January 2013
5 star rating
Maybe the best restaurant in town. We visit the new Pan de Muerto on Monday night. Everything in this place is perfect. The decor is amazing, it reaches the goal of being beautiful without being fancy. Even having no windows, it is really well lighted, and the toilets are the most beautiful I have ever seen. I have never seen so shining glasses and every meal we chose was served on a different beautiful plat. Maybe the only critic I can make is for the napkins, which were cheap paper napkins, I would have prefer cotton ones.
The food is very surprising. It is hard to say if it is truly Mexican or not, I think this food go a bit further and create something new (I have been in Mexico many times). Every meal we chose had a different subtle flavor, even the steak, which comes with a spicy-lemony tomato sauce. We also had chicken mole, Atzeca soup, and ceviche. The ceviche lacks a little bit more lime and coriander and maybe salt and had too much cucumber instead, it taste fresh, but needs more personality. The soup and the chicken were really nice. But maybe the best part of the meal were the dessert. The pomegranate brulee was delicious (but the cookies too hard?) and the churros were by far the best in town, accompanied by a tasty goat cheese caramel.
Everything tastes really fresh and I can see the freedom and the passion of the kitchen shining in every aspect of the food.
The portion were really well sized and well priced, so that we left really light in our stomach and wallet, which makes worth it to come back again and again.

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1st January 2013
5 star rating
A totally fantastic dining experience, great food, service was excellent, friendly and fun! Decor is incredible, worth a visit just to check out the toilets!!! Definitely worth several return visits. Food chosen by the four of us dining, included the fish, described as incredibly fresh and subtly flavoured, chicken mole which had a great balance of flavour,nachos chosen by our Melbourne guest delcared the best ever tasted. Usually we don’t do dessert, but made an exception, and so glad I did because the chocolate gelato was life-changing!!! If standards stay this high, this would rate as one Wellys best in my book

Visited December 2012

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29th December 2012
5 star rating
We went to the brand new Pan De Muerto on Tory St. Wow what a transformation the menu has doubled and it was nothing short of the best food I have ever had in town! The service was fabulous it truly is an experience not to be missed! Well done Pan De Muerto!! We will be back again and again. :)

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