(Shop M16, Elliott Stables)
Auckland City 09 303 0217
Besos Latinos is excited to welcome our highly…Announced 1 month ago
- Tue – Fri 12noon – 2:30, 5:30pm – late
- Sat 5:30pm – late
- Sun 12:30pm – 5:30pm
- Business Dining
- Live Music
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 75 Pax
- 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, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
The First Authentic Latin American Gourmet Restaurant in New Zealand!
Besos Latinos Restaurante is a dynamic new restaurant concept that is heating up the heart of Auckland CBD. Serving authentic Latin American dishes from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil and Cuba in an unparalleled and romantic environment. Besos Latinos features market fresh produce and seafood as well as superb Mexican grilled steak. With a fine selection of Argentinian & Chilean wine and beers.
Our Chef’s Awards:
*Gold Medal NZ Culinary Fare 2009, New Zealand.
*Silver Medal – Culinary Olympics 2008, Germany.
*Bronze Medal – Salon Culinaire Mondial 2005, Switzerland.
Member NZ Chefs Association
48 Reviews for Besos Latinos
One of Besos Latinos's Favourite Reviews What's This?
The service was great it wasn’t extra pro but they tried their best witch was really nice to see.The waiters are young people that need more training but smile on their face and great communication made all of that less relevant. Restaurant manager was doing a great job as she made her self visible but didn’t hover over her team ( sometimes managers tend to hover over the team and then make them even more nervous causing them to make entire service tense experience )
There was a live music during the whole dinner.
It was really nice surprise to see whole restaurant singing happy b day song at the end of the night and I even get to blow the candles on my cake. Honestly I’ve been out for my b day in nice restaurants but this was the first time I felt it was really special as the band played and staff all came out making it very personal !
Food was amazing I am not sure what the other reviews were all about but I think most of these people have never eaten in ethic restaurants and don’t really now what to expect. This is the place in Auckland were you enter and you feel like you are in somewhere in Latin America everything is authentic even the staff , it is not fine dinning (as that is not Latin cuisine in first place ) it is true mix of tastes while keeping it simple. Portions are measured just fine, we had 4 guys and 4 girls and we were all full at the end of the night (we had Mexican platters and nachos)
Great job team Besos Latinos you got your self 8 ppl that will come back for more and at least 20 others that will come after we recommend you to our friends and family !!!!
And thank you for making my b day experience great !!! Despite the fact it was Friday 13 th . Besos
I went as part of a group, and we had a set menu. I ordered beef empanadas for my entree. What arrived was a single empanada. It was luke-warm and obviously not freshly prepared; in fact I suspect it was reheated (or maybe even defrosted) to order.
My main was a completely unremarkable dish of stewed beef on rice (I can’t remember the name of this dish). The rice contained what appeared to be mixed vegetables, cooked from frozen. The beef was edible, but mediocre in every possible way. It reminded me of eating a frozen TV-dinner from the supermarket.
My partner had a fish dish for her main. She said it was unpleasant, and she didn’t finish it.
The set menu had a choice of two salads, but one salad was not available the night we went. The available salad was nothing more than plain, undressed vegetables.
This set menu was priced at an astonishing $45, including a pretty average glass of wine. For the food I received (excluding the wine) I would expect to pay about $10-12 at any other food court.
The atmosphere is nothing special. The service was dour almost to the point of rudeness.
The toilets were so filthy that I found myself too disgusted to use them. To be fair, the bathrooms aren’t part of the restaurant per se, they’re outside in Elliott Stables.
All in all, this restaurant is a complete rip-off. It would still be a rip-off at half the price! The only reason I didn’t send my food back at the time is that I was worried about embarrassing my friends.
The owners should be ashamed to call Besos Latinos a restaurant. It’s nothing more than a tourist trap.
Definitely over priced which we wouldn’t mind paying normally if food tasted even half good. Very plain food no flavours, even the fish special was drowned in too much sauce. Out of 8 of us only 1 enjoyed her meal. They forgot my salad and two at our table waited 15 minutes for their fish meal after the rest of us had been served our meals. Most disappointing to what started as a great birthday night for me.
Nevertheless, this was the first Latin-Americana restaurant experience that my partner and I have had and let me tell you, It was definitely a positive experience. The atmosphere was bright and energetic, the ambient lights set the mood quite well. In addition, the staff were great and even took a lovely photo of my partner and I, something we quickly uploaded to facebook.
The food was great and something we’d usually never choose to eat whilst out. We ordered the “Mexican platter for two” totaling $38.I preferred the Angus beef tacos, whilst my partner loved (LOVED) the enchiladas and all the side dishes. We didn’t order any drinks purely because we were going to the movies and late night skating afterwards so needed to be sober LOL, nevertheless they looked wonderful and we’ll definitely indulge next time.
The only awkward part of the whole experience, which truthfully upset the rest of the night at no fault to the restaurant was when a “hen’s night group dared the [to-be-wife] to come and casually flirt with my partner whilst I was in the bathroom”. This alone left us both feeling somewhat embarrassed and awkward, luckily we both saw the humor in it and walked away smiling.
We’ll return again, provided the “hens-night wife isn’t there again”..lol.
love it, love the restaurant’s title and ambience – very romantic
Cant wait to come back and try more
and thank you for bringing your talents from Mexico to share it in New Zealand.
Yes, it is quite pricey, but that’s what you get for food this amazing, and this is a top notch Auckland restaurant serving authentic cuisine, so I’m unsure why people are so shocked at the prices. (It’s not a cheap tex mex place which I think others reviewers have been confusing it for.)
So I say if you’re looking for something different, that won’t disappoint and you’re willing to spend a little extra for a a great experience, then Besos Latinos is where to go.
Entree: good – veggie humitas very popular around the table.
Mains: were a great size and very yummy.
A great introduction to the menu and the cuisine.
Service was fantastic- very friendly, chatty,accommodating and made us feel very welcome.
Definitely recommend to anyone interested in trying some Latin food.
I am going back for the Colombian Bandeja Paisa
We expected a decent amount of food for $38 & something quite special but it was only just warm, looked like came from a packet & didn’t strike us as authentic.
We were told it would be a 30-40 minute wait, 50 minutes later it turned up.
Compared to the other meals our group ordered elsewhere it failed to impress.
We complained but it basically fell on deaf ears. Will not be returning nor recommending..
First it wasn’t busy at all; and the drinks came pretty quickly (positive and was the only positive point); then we had to wait half an hour before asking the waiter if we can order our meals; he took our order and then we had to wait more than an hour and ask about our main to 2 different waiters. We got them an hour and a half after ordering and when we finally got them, what wasn’t the disappointment ! My friend ordered the vegetarian meal and it was tiny !!! Mine (anchiladas) was flavourless !
Also, while going to pay the bill, we express our disappointment to the manager and what wasn’t our surprise when she said, you didn’t book ! (there was nobody in the restaurant !). To that my friend who came along a previous time answered she came once with a booking and the problem was the same. The answer to that from the manager was “oh well that’s your opinion….” And she took the money and disappeared with no thanks nothing ! waouh !!! Obviously we were bothering her.
Honestly, I’m French from Paris, being here in Auckland for almost 2 years (it’s the first time I’m posting a review on a place here); and I know in Paris, waiters can be rude; but at least when you complain, they do apology and or try to do something for the customer to leave happy; this one was just unbelievable ! I’ve never seen that.
And finally, it was pricey for what it is.
So, if you have time and money to waste, then it’s the place to go although I do think there are better ways to waste money and time.
Overcome by the overwhelming shock to your senses, you find yourself lead to the rustically decorated, candlelit tables with sparkly, black sombreros on the backs of the chairs- and of course, the waiters are gorgeous too. Wearing tango hats, they exude mystery, and with their sexy foreign accents, you begin to understand the well thought-out name of the restaurant- who wouldn’t want a beso latino?
The menus, creatively embossed with a culturally significant Aztec image, are well structured and although the prices are slightly upper-budget, the authenticity is astounding. You relay your choice of a platter for two and relax again, caught away in the euphoric intoxication of a Spanish-fever-induced reverie, anxiously anticipating the feast that awaits you.
And then the illusion shatters, like a mirror forcibly thrown from a 7th story balcony, and the dismay felt is comparable to being hit with 7 years of bad luck all at once.
The Mexican Platter, which once sounded so amazing, is but a fraction of what your overstimulated mind imagined (maybe they are hiding an experimental shrink ray in the kitchen?). While the charro beans were tasty, the rest of the meal was not, consisting of a handful of corn chips, a few slices of quesadilla, four baby-palm-sized tortillas and an almost microscopic amount of “angus beef” that was essentially flavourless. Let’s not forget the “trio of dips”; about one tablespoon each of chipotle salsa, overly-onion-tasting guacamole, and sliced jalapeños, all sitting on a useless amount of grated carrot and mesclun salad.
Now for the best part, the price… $38 ($19 peMorer person). Yes, you read correctly. Does that not seem a bit excessive? Especially considering you could make four times the amount that was on the tray for about $10 at home.
So there you have it, Besos Latinos. They lull you in, with their awe-inspiring Latin atmosphere and leave you with nothing but trepidation. Maybe they should try and put a little more energy into making their food since, you know, it is a restaurant.
The venue itself is superb – feels really authentic.
Hadn’t been to Elliot Stables before, but will definately be back.
As soon as we entered the restaurant our table was suitably set for the birthday celebration along with sombrero’s for each of our guest to participate in the joyous occasion.
Cecilia our waitress welcomed us with the traditional greetings “Buenos Dias” and attended our requests all evening , always with a beautiful smile.
The Argentinean empanadas and also Argentinean red wines and beers! suitably fitting with the atmosphere of the night.
I would recommend anyone wanting to be taken on this journey to “The Latin Americas” should go have the experience because you won’t regret it.. from the very beginning till you leave you will be enchanted by the dancing on a Thursday, music, atmosphere, traditional food, wine & beer and the customer service.
Well done Louis & Cecilia on your achievement’s in making this experience to life in New Zealand! I will be back soon
Gracias!Chau! Kathryn Lovelidge
As a 1st impression you can really feel the Latin style. My friends and I decide to explore more and try a different option this time. We’ve been sitting beside a rustic fountain at the center of the floor the place is quite big, colorful and I believe is a casual cool concept, service was great, we try a Mexican Platter for 4 (19p/p) and then we all try different Latin dishes from Argentina, Cuba and Chile, I choose a tender and tasty Cuban style prawns that were amazing! We sip a big glasses of Margaritas and finish the night with a impressive Happy B-day in Spanish sung by the staff. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great and different experience. * no easy to park you have to look options at sky cinema or Victoria car park.
The food is created with the real passion that only comes from a committed professional; chef.
Well done. I hope you are as successful as your food is good. AAA
*Live Latin music was fantastic (Friday night only, apparently) *The best Margarita Ive ever had in my life! *food tasted great
*Serving size is too small!! Over priced. They should either put down the price for the size or make them bigger. We had 3 prawns sitting on some rice for $34. We would love to go back there for Margarita and some nibbles.
The quantity was so-so, I’ve observed that they reduced the price of the menu that offers a taste of every country. So I think price-wise, you shouldn’t be judging your experience based on quantity but taste.
Despite the food being an average experience, the impeccable friendly service made up for it – so that’s always a crowd pleaser.
I am going to start by presentation, my experience started with very nice and friendly staff ready to take the order as soon as I sat down. First thing I noticed was that the place is very nice, it is comfortable and very authentic. They had hired a live duet that sung authentic latin music while i was there. The menu came, I started doubting the experience when I saw the fact that the menu had very poor presentation, however I told myself it is not important since It is all about the food. I ordered the entrees, ( I must say that I’ve been to Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala and Chile and tried all of these dishes before) I ordered the chilean tamales, and the empanadas. The first thing I noticed when they came was presentation, they were very beautiful and look delicious, however I couldn’t believe my eyes on the size. I basically paid 12 dollars for almost a supermarket sized bite. The empanadas were not what i expected since I have tried empandas in Mexico and argentina and they are totally different from each other and they never specified this on the menu. I must say I got really scared since everything was so tiny that I stood up paid and went to eat at another place. I had 2 drinks and two bite size samples for 50 dolars. With all the regret I must say it is not very pleasant to pay so much for simple food one can achieve at home for an eight of the price.
I went to Besos Latinos with my brother last night and my first impression was that it felt I was in a colonial street somewhere in latin america. The environment was amazing. Good music, friendly staff and colourful decorations.
Then… we sat down and ordered. The service was efficient and the food was great! good serving size, fresh ingredients and very nice wine selection.
The restaurant must be advertised more, because it is really good..!
For $16 the Queso Asado al Sésamo is a rip off with very tiny pieces of haloumi being served on a small salad.
Also having been to Bolivia there is nothing really Bolivian about that salad.
The rest of the food was great! I’d just suggest the entrees are too expensive for what you get.
I had the unfortunate experience recently of being part of a large group that dined at this restaurant – I have never felt compelled to write a review but the evening was so bad I felt I had to warn other diners.
Once we were seated at 7.30pm, it took well over half an hour to even get some water to the table or be even given menus, then over another half an hour to get any drinks ordered or our food orders to be taken. Other diners came in while we were waiting and were seated and fed and had left before we were even allowed to order our meals!! There were no table nibbles available to order during the wait, breads, corn chips or anything like that would have at least filled some time in but no, and when it took another hour or so to serve entrees alone, you can imagine we had a pretty hungry frustrated (and somewhat bored!) lot of people. When we finally got the mains after literally hours of sitting there, the food was less than ok so was very disappointing. I had the fish and it was half cold and didn’t taste very fresh so I was nervous about eating it despite being starving at this point.
We were the only customers in the restaurant by 9.30pm and we still hadn’t eaten and were still getting no service. Needless to say when we finally ate it was about 10.30pm and noone was interested in sticking round to order dessert! All in all an absolutely appalling night, would have to be the worst experience I’ve had dining in Auckland, AWFUL service, dubious food, lacking menu and I would never ever return to this restaurant and I doubt the other 20 or so people I was with would either, ruined what was meant to be a great evening out. Very disappointing.
This restaurant got the warm atmosphere similar to the one you can get in Latin America, and for me this is the touch and difference from Other Latin restaurants.
Service is very friendly and almost personalized, always with a smile and good service attitude.
Thanks for the lovely food and service.
this restaurant is 100% recommendable.
I just got to NZ three days ago after a long trip from Mexico, and some Filipino friends told me about this place and took me to the restaurant. I would never have found it by myself… It’s a bit hidden, but once you know about it you’ll feel like never going anywhere else.
The food is great, the price is reasonable and the staff is very friendly.
The restaurant seems a bit exclusive and expensive, which is great, but during lunch times there should be some “student meals” with affordable Price’s. This might attract students that like southamerican culture. I will definitely come here if it had student meals at lunch time, and if I had a date, this will be the perfect place to spend my money at dinner time.
The food can easily be compared with the great food made in southamerica…! in my case, I’m Mexican, I know about Mexican food!!
I’d say next time you eat on a southamerican restaurant outside latinamerca, compare it with Besos Latinos, if it’s as good as Besos then you could say it’s southamerican food. If it wasn’t as good as Besos Latinos then it was “tex-mex”… which is cheap and just OK food.
Overall, an excellent restaurant with possibilities to be even better.
Very authentic food from the heart and the decor is spot on-really takes you back on a journey to Latin America.
Can’t wait to go back and try their lunch specials.
Finally some proper South American food in Auckland!
Gracias por todo!
As soon as we entered the restaurant Cecilia welcomed us with a big smile and these two beautiful words “Buenos Dias” we sat down and started to read the menu and wine list… they had all we needed..homemade Argentinean empanadas and also Argentinean wines and beers! We also had taco pato and Arrachera nortena both Mexican plates and it was delicious! For dessert we had flan which is like a cream caramel and for whoever know what Dulce de leche is… believe it they have it!
As a latinoamerican person I hardly recommend you to come and try it because you won’t regret it.. from the very beginning till you leave you will be enchanted by the music, decoration, food and customer service!
Hope you like it! Gracias chicos y volvere!!! Chau!!!