Pan de Muerto Mystic Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
- Mon – Thur 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 11pm
- Fri 11.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 3am
- Sat 5pm – 3am
- Sun 5pm – 11pm
- 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.
40 Reviews for Pan de Muerto Mystic Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
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.
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.
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
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.
Staff: Friendly and very attentive!
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!
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!
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
Visited September 2013
Visited July 2013
Visited July 2013
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.
Visited April 2013
He was not really interested!
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
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.
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!
Visited February 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visited March 2012
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.
Visited December 2012