Cadillac Diner & Churrs Bar – CLOSED
Wellington City 04 473 8498
Cadillac Diner & Churrs Bar officially closes…Announced 5 months ago
- Mon – Thurs 11am – 10pm
- Fri 11am – 11pm
- Sat & Sun 9:30am – 11pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Live Music
- Out Catering
- Children's Play Area
- Private Dining Room
- Private Functions
- Wedding Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 150-200
- Parking: Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
- Wi-Fi: Free
A 1950s to 1960s American style diner with a Kiwi twist.
Try the Texas pork ribs, Cadillac fried chicken or yummy all day breakfasts from bagels, bluberry pancakes or the Elvis and Beatles breakfast.
We also have upto 13 combos priced from 6 to 13
45 Reviews for Cadillac Diner & Churrs Bar – CLOSED
Forever grateful for your wonderful service, a lots of love for you!
We ordered the fried chicken, and when they served it I could not believe my eyes. It was that disgusting pre-frozen deep fried crap you expect to get at a dodgy lunch bar in a dodgy suburb. It was dry and over-cooked and tasted bad. And this was a $20 dish!
They also were very helpful in arrangements needing to be made, such as the storage of the cake and the sound and seating arrangements.
The price was fine for what I received; the chips were thick, cripsy on the outside, fluffy within and seasoned well. I would even go as far as to say some of the best I’ve had for a long time.
The American gentleman serving was very friendly and polite; he bought our takeaway meals over to where we were sitting waiting, rather than just alert us to them being ready from behind the counter, and these were done in a timely manner (I think we were only waiting 10mins for both meals to takeaway).
I would definitely go back! I was a bit dubious after reading some reviews here, but they’ve obviously upped their game since then because I honestly couldn’t fault them.
I have had steak there twice and it was cooked just as I asked each time. I have tried a couple of burgers and they were both good but I haven’t gone for a serious American burger yet. I’ll have to fast for the day before I do that. The meals are well priced (burger combos start at $6.00) and there is a good menu of $5 cocktails which runs all the time.
Friday night is the best time to go. From 7PM the Elvis impersonator gives a great show. He is very well presented and the consummate performer. He sings a good range of songs, not just the hits and he has great rapport with diners.
I have really enjoyed going to the Cadillac Diner.
I ordered a steak meal and the steak that arrived looked AMAZING! When I sliced into it to inspect the rareness that I ordered it was exactly RIGHT! I really enjoyed that steak! The other meals were fantastic as well.
The waiting time for the meal was 25 mins (approx) all meals were given to us at the same time and staff service impecable smiling,attentative and friendly.
Heading back next weekend! Rock star stuff!
The Churr Burger was large but lacked flair. Taste was average.
Service was good but delivery of food was slow and when it did arrive it was half cold.
It would take a lot for me to go back here.
Burger was tasteless and Spicy wedges were so spicy no one could eat them not to mention the horrible display of sour cream that was clumped around the edge of the plate. not even the sour cream made the wedges edible.
Do not recommend and will not be returning.
Overpriced, disgusting, horrible decor!
I would never recommend this place to anyone, you may walk past and think it looks like a fun experience, but don’t be fooled it’s sickening. I am convinced any reviews here are from employees.
The staff overcompensate for the problems in the kitchen and you’ve got to feel sorry for them when you’re out in town and you see them sprinting to New World for ingredients, which I’ve experienced on more than one occasion.
As an American, I didn’t take too much issue with the food. It was what you want to find at a truck stop, grease. It brought back strong memories of bad country music and people who referred to rice as an “ethnic” food.
They stuffed the decor from a larger venue into the new smaller location and it hurts my eyes, but oh well, I might go back someday and try some of the very strangely priced foods again.
Cadillac has the foundation for a decent restaurant if they slap their kitchen staff into shape, streamline the menu for faster service and take out some of the tackier decorations, which probably disturb diners enough to interfere with the digestive process. Best of luck with that.
Initially the waiter and waitress went out of their way to ensure my partner and I were happy whilst waiting for our family group to arrive. We shared an oreo milkshake which was delicious ($6.50).
Ordered our mains – I ordered a bacon cheeseburger combo with fries and a soft drink for $10 whilst my partner ordered one of the ‘bigger’ meals (The number one cadillac burger). His came with a side of fries. My first observation was that despite his being on a much bigger plate, there actually wasn’t much difference at all between the size of my combo and his full size main. Hard to believe that mine also came with a lemonade which when ordered by itself is priced at $4.50 on the menu. Very bizarre although I wasn’t complaining.
The staff were very friendly and when I pointed out my burger was missing the pineapple I had requested they apologized and sorted it out. However, I quickly found that despite the chips being good – the burger was totally tasteless, greasy and not helped by the chunks of egg shell I crunched on and picked out. I shortly gave up on trying to pick out the shell and left the remainder of my meal. Not impressed at all. Not wanting to make a scene, I waited until the waitress was collecting our plates before informing them politely. Due to the reviews I read, I wasn’t surprised when no one apologized but I was surprised when we came to pay the bill and they were still expecting me to pay an extra $2.50 for the egg.
After reminding them that it was inedible, it was duly removed from the bill but in a manner that wasn’t exactly the most friendliest customer service I have experienced.
Overall a mixed experience here. You can tell a number of the staff are trying their best to go above and beyond in their service (probably due to the many bad reviews) however there are clearly still a numMoreber of staff with no empathy for the customers or understanding when there is a problem with the food they are serving. I understand it must be hard though when such poor quality is consistently coming from the kitchen. Such a shame considering the location and the potential this place has!
I had a burger and fries – took ages to arrive, and the burger was one of the worst I’ve ever had. Weird mystery meat drowning in mayonnaise, wilted lettuce. The chips weren’t bad however!
Seriously – you occupy a prime piece of Willis St real estate and have such a great opportunity – sort out your food and staff issues before your bad rep grows and sticks.
Will be getting behind this place big time and bringing more and more friends in. I have taken time to read some of the reviews and it would seem it very much depends on the ‘Crowd’ you belong to. If you are looking for a starbucks or a place to get your shoes shined this is not the place. If you are looking for great affordable dining and also to be entertained on top of that then this is definately a worthwhile stop. I think given they are still firing up the engines they are doing very well for themselves with their great attentive staff and I’m sure the menu will continue to be developed (as is any establishments) A+ Team – see you soon!!!! – Chris
Updated to Address Blenna and have sent appropriate correspondence. – I do not work or have any affiliations to this place whatsoever which is funny because again I am saying it depends what ‘crowd’ you associate with. I curently work night shifts and often walk past this place (no idea it was there until around April 2012….) My experiences since being there I have had 20-30 friends come with so far and intend on having the family there this week. If you must know they didn’t have sufficient pool cues but then again it’s free pool so who can really complain…… – I am intending to try their Breakfast Menu aMorend other items and will submit further reviews.
We have been to real American diners in L.A and the Cadillac Diner have alot of work to do to make that happen in Wellington.
Just had dinner on the 5/5/12 and the food there was awesome recommend the ‘Churr Burger’ meal. Great service very friendly staff. Waited by a staff member Chris, very polite and fast. Recommend to all if you looking for something different and retro =)
The meals were overly expensive for what you got, the quality was lacking, the presentation was disgusting, part of my fish was burnt in my burger, the whole dining experience was pitiful. When complaining, the waitresses and manager never apologised once. Never again would we set foot in the place!!!! If anyone wants a decent burger head of to one of the well known burger chains, don’t waste your money stopping of here!
We really love your place when we first saw it, but we are really disappointed when we were treated by the manager. She embarrassed when she accused us that some of us didn’t pay. But in the end, they were wrong and didn’t even apologise to us.
I hope that this would not happen again to others.
I don’t think this worth recommending this place to other after our experience.
Management: Please see to it that your Managers has good training when it comes to Customer Service!
I spent two months in the States and Canada a year and a half ago, and walking in here was like being transported to a diner in North America – every last detail has been considered and looked after, making the experience itself AMAZING! The food was delicious, with a very cool Kiwi flag on top of a true American dish. The portion sizes are definitely American – large! Great value for money, and the service was incredible. Staff were super friendly and courteous, very attentive, and the food didn’t take long AT ALL. I honestly feel like if I go back again and again, I’ll still have a brand new experience each time – in a good way.
I love going out and trying new places, and I have to say this place is a real gem, five big stars from me!
Came in from the cold had lovely hot toasties sandwich and hot cup of tea serve in cute teapot and cup and saucer set. Mum went the extra mile and enjoyed the kids sundae.(with passion fruit)
Great to experience a new and exciting place in the city.
We will be back to sample Churrs Bar.
T and W
I had the dutch harbour burger (prawn & surimi based), while my dining companion had a chicken and cheese burger combo…chicken was greasy but delicious!
We went in at lunchtime to find it extremely busy so naturally there was a bit of a wait- but I found it a lot shorter than so many places in Wellington that disparaging reviewers here would climb over to be ‘seen’ at.
The bar looks like it would be a good spot to drop by post work…no licence when we went in so couldn’t sample the atmosphere at that time…well it was lunchtime on a workday anyway!
All in all a nice wee spot and the food was exactly what you’d expect for a place priding themselves on being a diner… Will be going back.
Ordered a ‘Route 66′ burger combo. Prawn twisters for appetizers were a bit on the burnt side. Didn’t wait long for food to arrive which was good.
I was given a fork and steak knife since it was a steak and mushroom burger. The burger was served on a napkin next to a box of fries (that lacked seasoning). Was I supposed to cut through my burger and a piece of napkin too? Chewy steak, not much mushroom, tasty sauce. Add tomato and lettuce and you have the route 66 burger.
I’m too scared to try a main dish with prices ranging $20+, just in case it’s not what I’m expecting.
In the end I’m glad I’ve experienced it and can say I’ve eaten there and am planning to go back and try something from the dessert menu instead.
I only wanted something light as I was not too hungry and was recommended a chicken and chips with drink, not showing on the menu board at all.
Having been told that there would be a 20 minute delay, I sat and read and was anticipating a tasty meal.
Finally the food turned up and the two pieces of chicken were served up on a napkin on a tray, with fries in a carton.
There was already fat oozing from the chicken pieces (the reason I have refused to eat ever again at KFC!) and as for the ‘taste’, I have never had such disgusting chicken in my life – it was not only riddled with fat but was also totally tasteless, with no successful attempt at making it southern fried style at all.
One kind member of staff did bring me out some extra fries, as they had apparently served me a short portion due to lack of them in the kitchen!
I can only hope that this place gets its act together soon, or word will travel that it is very missable and much over-priced for the quality it serves!
I found it difficult to choose anything off the menu as it was very uninspiring. Finally choose the Road Runner chicken burger, smallest piece of chicked I have ever seen, along with a very cheap tasting bun. Fries were chunky, but lacking in any flavour, did not appear to have salt on them. Very watery tomato sauce, so not Heinz.
Would not be going back, if I was to have a burger it would be to the nearest Burger Fuel, where at least it would be decent tasting.
There was a lot of staff on, granted it was a Friday night and were expecting to get busy, so a lot just hanging around trying to look busy. Kept coming over to our table to make sure we were enjoying our meal, sadly it was not the servers fault but a bit over the top.