Flying Burrito Brothers
(cnr Cuba St & Vivian St)
Wellington City 04-385 8811
- Mon – Thurs 5pm – 9pm
- Fri – Sat 5pm – 10:30pm
- Sun 5pm – 9pm
- Children's Menu
- Live Music
- Private Dining Room
- Private Parties
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 95
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: No
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Dinner
Tasty Tequila, Flying Burritos, Chocolate Chasing Maidens, Winged Horses and Smoking Guns… Sum up the fun around what The Flying Burrito Brothers are really about!
39 Reviews for Flying Burrito Brothers
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While we were sitting down and talking at the bar, the bartender handed us two glasses of cocktails. We did not order any drinks so we asked what it was. Turned out they were pina colada and complimentary drinks while we waited to be seated.
When we were finally seated and were deciding what to order, the waiter/s who looked after us were very friendly and helpful. We are two very undecisive girls when it comes to food and we asked the waiter/s about the food several times. As we weren’t very hungry we wanted to know how big the portions of different food on the menu were.
It took us about 20 minutes to decide what we wanted but the waiters were just so amazing. They were very busy but still very friendly and helpful. They did not at all mind that we called them to our table several times!
The food was good, considering there aren’t many Mexican restaurants in Wellington. I would recommend going to Flying Burrito Brothers for the exceptional service.
Margaritas were nice too. I had 3 all to myself (lush)
Best Mexican in the COUNTRY! No doubt about that.
Friendliest staff ever and pink decor! who doesn’t loveeee pink decor haha!
Had the chicken burrito & beef fajitas and they were the bomb! Also had the mango and lychee margaritas and they were aca-mazing! The jalapeno poppers we had were pretty good too and what’s not to love than a 2 for 1 meal on a Monday evening! They even shout you a house margarita when you check in via Facebook.
So thoroughly impressed with this place and will defs visit again if i ever head back to windy welly!
Defs a wellington attraction!
We took friends visiting from Montpelier and they loved it, they couldn’t believe the choices we have here in Wellington. Even with the wait it was completely worth it. Delicious, tasty fajitas and hot, fresh churros for dessert mmmm!
Pan de Muerto has better decour, service, food and prices though.
I guess they still do the best Mango Margaritas in town though
Unfortunately don’t know any other good mexican place here so up to you if you really need your fix of mexican food or not!
The appetisers were nice. Stuffed jalepenos and nachos (I forgot the official names). There was way too much cheese for the dozen or so chips on the plate. I would have expected a huge pile to go with all that cheese. The plate for the jalepenos was way too small though. There were 4 of us and they gave us 3 jalepenos, so of course we had to cut them up, but there was no room. Some fell on the table.
The mains were uninspiring. The chimichonga looked exactly like the burrito except it was deep fried. They didn’t even attempt to distinguish the two. The burrito was heavily browned on the top, and worse on the bottom. The steak seemed to be ok, but the fajita was an exercise in frustration with only three tortillas for an entire skillet of fairly flavourless vegetables.
The rice was a bit dry and my partner makes better refried beans, and she doesn’t even speak Spanish.
The chocolate cake for dessert was tasty, but the minuscule scoop of ice cream hidden by a hefty slab of cake was a disappointment. If you are going to describe a dessert as ‘cake and ice cream’ then there should be enough ice cream to justify that description. There was only enough to consider it as a garnish along with the mint and cream.
Compared with the final bill, $165 for four, it was a big disappointment. We ended up going to one of the party’s houses for tea and conversation afterward because we couldn’t manage to talk much during the meal.
If you just want some loud music, rude staff, and overpriced, uninspiriMoreng Tex-Mex, then you might enjoy FBB. Otherwise, grab a taco kit from the dairy and make your own.
Very prompt service. Good sized portions. The margarita of the day was a cranberry and orange and it was amazing! I come here often just for the margaritas and the service is always great.
This was the first time I’ve dined here so can’t comment on what seems from the other reviews to be falling standards. The waitstaff were attentive once we were seated (it may have helped that I knew one of them personally) and regularly asked if we needed more drinks or food. The food arrived quickly and was tasty.
No issues with the service but the food (what I’m there for) was disappointing. I ordered the fish taco which was oily battered pieces of fish layed on straight-from-the-packet flour tortillas, quite unappetising…My partner ordered the mixed platter which was slightly better and at least had some variety – the mole was overly sweet though, and nothing stood out as anything more than ordinary.
Prices were comparable to places where the food is far superior – would not bother returning.
The chocolate dessert is divine! Service was friendly and fast. I totally recommend it!
We ordered the tortilla chips and guacamole to start. The chips were cold and rubbery, not warm and crisp as one expects (or as we remembered); the guacamole was bland and the portion small given its $14 price tag. My partner did have a very nice shot of tequila selected by our server. My margarita was fine, but nothing special.
For mains, I ordered the Chimichanga Vegetariana and my partner the Vegetarian Fajitas. My chimichanga was tepid and soggy, so calling it a chimichanga (meant to be crisp, hot, and freshly fried) was a travesty. The mushroom filling had a vague and unpleasant fishy flavour in it – perhaps the mushrooms were old? Liberal applications of hot sauce were required. It just seemed like they had microwaved whatever was left over from the day before. My stomach was not terribly happy after my meal and we skipped the film we had planned to see after dinner because of that.
My partner’s fajitas were fresh and hot and he enjoyed them. When he offered me a bite, I found the flavours a little dull and stewed-tomato-y tasting.
We politely mentioned our temperature and freshness issues with the meal when we paid, but received nothing more than an “Oh” and a shrug. No apology, no complimentary drinks.
We will not be returning.
The food was really tasty though! I had the chicken Flying Burrito which I highly recommend and my partner had the Quesadilla which was also really tasty. Would actually rate it a 3.5/5
Nice food, great atmosphere, super fast service!
From the moment we arrived there were dramas. They wouldn’t seat us until all of our dinner party had arrived (we had one late person). My issue was more about the matter in which we were told. The staff were downright rude and should not be working in the hospitality industry.
My hot chicken wings entree was cold. I had two mains put in front of me but neither of them were the taco’s I had ordered. When the taco’s did arrive, they were average at best. The chicken was luke warm and I prayed all night that I would not be a victim of food poisoning. Because it was so dark and dim where we were sitting, I would never have been able to tell if the chicken was actually cooked through.
The waiters stood over us the entire time we were eating our mains which is really disconcerting. I had barely swallowed my last mouthful before they took my plate away. They then continued to stand over us in an attempt to have us leave our table as quickly as possible.
This was the first time I had been to this restaurant but I will not be going back, nor will I ever be recommending it to friends or visitors.
However that’s the only positive thing I have to say- it was a horrendous experience!! Firstly, the door person (at the bill counter), short campy-looking guy, was the most rude little sh*t of a service person I have ever encountered. Advice if you’re still working there- get out of hospo mate- I have been in the trade for years and dealt with the most horrible customers and you just need to be professional about it.
We were very polite about everything and his disgusting attitude towards us as we went to pay left a very sour taste in our mouths.
Secondly the food was akin to dog vomit and ridiculously overpriced. I know they have their place in Mexican food but I really don’t see the need for refried beans in EVERYTHING. I was so looking forward to an amazing salsa and it came out looking like it was pureed and tasted like it had recently been defrosted. Would never go back here.
Have been to FBB before and had a good time but the last 2 times have been woeful so we wont be going back and recommend that others don’t bother either.
The food is actually quite good but it’s just not worth putting up with the rubbish service.
Have dined here a few times and to be honest, I would go there just for the virgin coladas, I wouldnt go for much else – well maybe the yummy cheesy con queso! Although my wife makes one nicer.
Its usually busy, but the food probably tastes better after they numb your taste buds a little with an assortment of margies at the bar because they dont take bookings unless you’re a mobile party.
They seemed in a rush to get our little group of 4 out, perhaps because we weren’t drinking nearly enough.
Anyway the food is fairly average so far as Mexican food goes, not great but not horrible.
Atmosphere is killed somewhat because of how busy it can be – so not the sort of place you would go for a romantic intimate night out. Not even the very hot rubbed chicken will spice up much more than your tonsils and tongue.
One tip is to try and get an upstairs table. May not be the case for all, but on one occasion we dined downstairs, it was just absolutely sweltering. There’s no windows downstairs and it can be very full with lots of sweaty people (some eating chilli and beans – not a safe mix in confined areas). The only break is in the ceiling which displays and exposes you to the upstairs sweaty, chilli and bean eating patrons.
Things that need improvement are:
- Long waits for a table
- No option of reserving a table even by credit card
- Cramped dining experience
The meals are also on the more expensive side but the dishes are large and delicious.
That being said, this is the closest that you can get to decent Mexican in Wellington: at least the salsa is fresh, but the chips aren’t. The food is pretty good, but strays quite a bit from what you’d expect from real Mexican or Tex-Mex. i.e. it’s much spicier than it needs to be, and all mains come with frilly lettuce. But in general it is freshly prepared with good ingredients, like I said, apart from the chips which are cold and stale, which kind of kills the experience because almost every real Mexican restaurant I have ever been to has free freshly made chips on offer.
Anyway, still a good bet for a fun night out if you can get a table. Good atmosphere and great frozen margaritas.