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My partner and I were regulars at this restaurant and although we’ve been a bit disappointed with the service we’ve received, we kept going because we like the atmosphere and the food is pretty good (although let me clarify that this is tex-mex not real mexican). In any case, we went there again last night and this time for sure will be the last! We were served by 3 waitresses (at least) yet the level of service was terrible. I am latin american but have lived in the US all my life and I realise that customer service here in New Zealand is just not up to par with the way things are done at home but sometimes, it is just ridiculous! I don’t know when they are going to learn and instill in workers that a happy customer is a returning customer. In this instance, we ordered a sangria, which tasted horrible so we asked if we could exchange it for a beer, only to be told (very rudely) by a heavy-set blonde woman that that’s the way Sangria is made in Mexico! Seriously? Like I don’t know any better…and in any case, sangria is not a mexican drink it is a spanish drink. Anyway, we ended up paying for a drink we didn’t even touch and instead of absorbing a $12 loss and making the customer happy, they have instead lost a regular customer who spent almost $100 there on a biweekly basis. Very short-sighted business decisions if you ask me!
My partner and I came here for dinner after reading all of the good reviews but left very disappointed. The evening started off well and the entree and margaritas were delicious. After we had been there for about an hour, however, it was clear that they were just wanting to push us out the door. Following our mains (which were average), we were pretty much just ignored. We had to call someone over and ask them if we could order dessert at which point we were asked what we wanted without even being shown a menu. There was no offer for more drinks even though we wanted to order another round and we were sitting there with empty glasses.
As the rugby was about to start, after an hour and a half we asked if it was possible to move to the Cantina to watch the game (as the website says you can move here following your meal). We were told that they were too busy and that we would have to be on our way. We then overheard two of the staff talking about seating some of the walk-ins at our table once we had gone. It was clear that they just wanted to rid of us. I have never seen anything like it. I have never written a review on here before but felt compelled to as our night was so terrible.
As it was our anniversary, this definitely put a damper on our special occasion. We ended up going to De Fontein Beer Cafe in order to redeem the evening. We will not be back!!
The food was great…BUT, the service was way too OTT and over-attentive. We had 3 waiters try to serve us, it got really confusing.
Also there are things on your menu that are supposed to be gluten-free that are not. I’m gluten-free and found your menu really confusing, maybe mark the GF items, not the items with gluten in them?
There is also a salad on your menu (blue cheese and chicken) that is supposed to be GF, but when asked, the chef said the chicken was coated with flour.
Our plates kept on trying to be removed all the time as well, when I hadn’t even finished. I got the impression that they want a high turn-over and like to move patrons quickly?
MY wife and I went to Dos Amigos after saying we were going to go there for ages. We heard so many great things. We weren’t disappointed. The food was tasty and very reasonably priced. The service was awesome with all the staff being really on to it and smiling all night long. We will definitely be back. Cheers
My whole family absolutely loves Dos Amigos! It’s a great lively restaurant with a pumping atmosphere and people enjoying themselves. The drinks and food are fantastic and great service always! Meal portions are huge, so you’re always getting your money’s worth and meals are all well priced.
My wife and I are frequent patrons of Dos Amigos. We have introduced many friends to Lizard and his staff over the years, and they have all very much enjoyed the food, service, and excellent atmosphere. The food is excellent. If you are a fan of Mexican food, keep in mind that this is more Tex-Mex style than super authentic Mexican. That being said, it is one of the best Mexican-style restaurants in Auckland, and definitely worth trying out. If you are a fan of spicy food, make sure to request the Hero sauce with your order. I have a lot of experience with Mexican food (I’m American by birth) and my wife is Indian, so we both know what is expected of good spicy food. The Hero sauce has both heat and heaps of flavour, and is excellent on their wings. I am a loyal customer who will always be back for more. Gracias, El Lizardo, y toto el equipo de Dos Amigos!
Dos Amigos is a favorite restaurant of ours, we love the relaxed atmosphere and great service! We especially LOVE LOVE LOVE the Buffalo wings – (as authentic as you can get outside of USA) and frequently take advantage of the 2 for 1 wing special on a Tuesday. They also have amazing fajita’s and the burritos are also delish! Having said that I never been disappointed by anything ive tried on the menu! If you are looking for some great food, amazing service, or just a quiet drink over looking mission bay check these guys out you wont be disappointed!
We come in frequently for their BBQ wings (entree) and Ribs (main) served on kumara fries. So yummy, filling and consistently good.
The staff are super helpful and friendly; we’re always greeted with a cheerful Hola!
It’s easy to make reservations and they accommodate as much as possible (especially when you bring along stragglers).
It’s a lively, fun atmosphere. Definitely a place I’d take a group of people for a birthday etc. What makes Dos special is they truly make an effort to give you an enjoyable experience and be involved in your dining event. There are sombrero’s around the place that you can wear and of course the lizards (maria maria?) to have a look at.
Plus you’ve got the best views around.
We’ll be back again next week.
PS make sure you try one of their margarita’s!
We had a terrific time here last night! We were particularly impressed with the friendly, excellent service.
My personal favourite flavour of the night was the guacamole. There was amazing flavour in there – the lemon, with the salt, and of course the creamy avocado, a hint of tomato. Very yum. We shared that with the entree of corn-chips. Also the bean entree was extremely tasty, with quite a creamy texture, delicious flavours, plenty of tasty onions and I think sour-cream.
For my main, I had the Quesadilla – which is the one that has a flat, folded tortilla filled with delicious sauteed vegetables, and of course melted cheese. On the side were red rice, beans, sour cream & guacamole. I have to say, it was really tremendous!
Here’s the one thing I didn’t like about the evening… underneath the tables there was something sticky! Too scared to look and see what was making my legs sticky… but my friend next to me had the same problem! (We were sat on the bench seats at the very back tables by the Christmas tree.)
ANYway… Excellent margaritas of course, we shared ‘La Playa’ – the watermelon one.
The atmosphere was buzzing. There were a couple of authentically Mexican guys singing with guitar in sombreros. Nice touch.
And a final shout-out to the staff – a very welcoming, bubbly blond woman who greeted us and directed us to our tables; a brilliant waiter full of smiles who took our orders, and even remembered our names (we all wrote our names on a sheet at the start for separate bills) but then he remembered after that, each time he served us. Nice touch.
Thanks for a tremendous night!
I booked my work dinner here after having a meal here months ago.
I got sent a txt two hours before dinner to tell me to make sure everybody had to be on time! And that we only had a two hour window to eat drink and be merry! Some of us actually like to enjoy our meals when we eat out! Once we all got there finally got served. We all got our meals and they mucked up our meals even after I had written down everyone’s name the waitress was a grumpy person who needs a lesson in customer service!!
We hadn’t even finished our dinner and she told us to have desert and throws down some children’s ice-cream even though there were no kids with us and told us to move outside and then ignored us for the rest of the night. Needless to say I will not be returning! Lucky for us the great thing about Mission Bay is that there are restaurants everywhere.
Great place – the food is delicious (hard to get decent Mexican in Auckland!) and the service is friendly. On weekends it’s packed but has a great atmosphere, particularly with the mariachi band that comes around! Definitely will go back…again and again…!
We enjoy going here for lunch, my partner likes the BBQ & ranch chicken wrap with curly fries because he’s not much into Mexican food, but it’s my chance to get taco salad or nachos or quesadilla’s so I’m happy! I also want to try their ribs sometime if we go at dinner, I’ve heard they are delicious! Being from Texas, I really miss Mexican or Tex-mex food, so this is a treat for me, but it’s still pretty tame if you’re looking for hardcore Mexican food. Oh and the chips they serve before your meal with salsa always taste stale to me, maybe that’s just the way they prepare them? But overall, we keep going back We don’t drink, so I can’t comment on their alcoholic beverages.
Love this place, it’s our 5th time here and have yet to try the ribs, expect this review to be modified once the famous ribs are sampled.
The staff are friendly and the food is well cooked, if you have kids they are treated to view the little sand lizards in the tank.
Our fav place to go for Mexican food! Have been here for a quick but good dinner, and also on group occasions. They handle these situations fine. Service is always good, they are very facilitative in moving tables (for example if wanting to sit outside etc.).
The food is always great, have tried many things on the menu. Always exceptionally presented and huge portion sizes!! Good range of margaritas and other drinks also.
Went for lunch. They had a great variety of options. I tried to play it safe and chose the vege nachos.
We were offered a complimentary bowl of nacho chips and salsa dip while we waited which was very nice.
The meal was average. The meal consisted of nacho chips, beans, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. I felt there was nothing authentic about the taste of the nachos. I think the dish could be improved if they added vegetables like onion or capsicum to really bring out the flavours esp. for a vege meal.
On the plus side the service was great and I think I will definitely be back to try something else on their menu.
Stumbled upon this place and was enticed by the $15 meal and drink deal. I got the chicken wrap and my friend ordered the nachos, both tasty! Service was quick and friendly
The food was amazing! I will definately be back
This place is the best Mexican I have had, so fresh, and the portions are huge, and the price is very reasonable. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone!!!
After reading all the rave reviews about this place, we were pretty excited about coming here.
The place was packed so, good sign. All the wait staff were really helpful and friendly so getting orders done was easy.
The food was a little sad though. The chips and salsa were presented in a tiny, worn down $2 shop bowl. The tortilla chips were not fresh and obviously from a bag. The salsa was good, but there was hardly any of it.
The buffalo wings were good, but a little lacklustre on the spice. The blue cheese dressing wasn’t fresh or good.
My friend had the enchilada and the taco salad and I had the quesadilla. Both pretty small tiny portion sizes for mains. The carne asada was pretty rubbery and the black beans were a little under cooked. The taco salad bowl was not fresh and a little on the stale side and the salad was swimming in dressing, no beans. Nothing to distinguish it from a regular old salad, except for the guacamole which was really yum.
We asked for hot, but it was pretty bland.
We were going to get dessert, but we were so “meh” about our dinner, that we skipped it.
On its own, it’s a good place as it has a nice vibe and really good service. But if you’re into really awesome Mexican food, this is not the place for you. Little Mexico is heaps better.
Not sure if I’ll be returning, sadly.
Reasonable Mexican, but best ribs in NZ. Really impressed.
Service could be a little swifter, but is friendly.
I love this place.
I went here for a friends birthday, we ordered all the Margarita jugs, starters and main meals.
We had such a blast, the staff were great! We were all a little ‘happy’ from the Margarita and they had fun with us. They gave my friend a tequila shot, they sang happy birthday, gave us their hats, and sang next to our table. It was a awesome atmosphere. The manger was not there, which was good. Ive gone before and he was there. He’s just a huge drag and an atmosphere in himself !
The drinks were tasty, still slightly pricey per jug, but they always are, get over it.
The food was great, who cares if its authentic or not. It was good food. The only downside with the food is that two of us ordered hot, and they were at the very least medium. More heat would be great.
I cant wait to go again
Fantastic night out!
Really large group (30 people) of us for my birthday. They were so accommodating to fit us all in…and get all our food out within 15 minutes!
Great service, really friendly and helpful.
Great food, I think between the 30 of us we sampled nearly everything on the menu and everyone enjoyed it. The ribs were a favourite! and the churros and mocha flan for dessert…yum yum yum! Pinarita margarita was really good too.
Great atmosphere with the live band.
Will definitely be back!
We love to go out to eat and the service we receive is hard to beat. Very helpful, very friendly and the food, oh the food is hard to beat. I recommend the place to everyone we meet who love Mexican food.
Ron Lake and family
Popped in looking to try something other than our regulars down at Mission Bay. They had a problem that night though with only three staff on including the chef, so the service was pretty bad – but they apologized and explained this at the start, and gave us the opportunity to go somewhere else before we sat down. We decided to stay and were glad we did. The food was excellent despite their pressures and we didn’t have to wait too long. Had to be pretty proactive about ordering food and drinks, but they had warned us! Overall impressed with food and staff who stayed calm and happy and didn’t stress out the diners with their issues.
I am originally from Colorado, which has a huge Hispanic population so I have grown up on some amazing Mexican food. I have tried all of the Mexican restaurants in NZ, this by far is the worst one. My partner and I tried to give it another chance tonight (after a really high bill and some very unimpressive food the first time) and had an even worse experience.
We arrived at 7:30 and wanted to go to a movie at 8:30. I knew it was a fast turnover, but I worked in the restaurant business for 5 years and I know that you should have about a 20 min turnover time from order to delivery…. ours took 45 minutes. We waited and waited and finally after 40min we asked them if they could just make it to go so we could put it in the car before the movie. This then took another 5-10 minutes after some gruff from the server. So we went and saw the movie, came home and opened our to go containers… Well the beef on my bfs fajitas wasn’t even sliced up and after 3 minutes of microwaving was still pretty raw. The tortillas on the enchiladas were disgusting and the food had zero flavor. Not a fan, never going back.
If you want good mexican food go somewhere else. Don’t waste your money here.
Food was fantastic, I can recommend the quesadillas and the tortillas but I’m sure everything else is great too! They have an extensive selection of different margaritas too, the one I tried, the Pinarita was delicious. The service could not have been better. Fantastic atmosphere. What else could you want!
Thanks Lizard for a great night for me and the girls.. food OTT should have ordered a half portion of the ribs.. staff fabulous..wish I could remember the name of who looked after us .. do remember she had a long plait .. glad I escaped before the tequila shot .. you have a great restaurant .. the girls and I will be back .. I love your babies the two M’s were really interesting to watch ..hope Paulie had a good night
will know in the morning .. T
Brilliant if you want a few beers before you head into town, or to laze away a hot summer afternoon. Recommend a bucket of Sol or the spicy cave creek chili beer. Bright and cheerful waiting staff bring personality and energy to service.
Truly awful if you are hungry though. We picked through a mixed starter that was 70% chips, 20% emaciated chicken wings and 10% unspecified slop. The main course didn’t fare much better as it was just a grander version of the starter. Maybe we didn’t order well, but the burritos and quesadillas were identical bar the heating method. Greasy slop with little flavour, zero heat and baby food texture.
In summary. Use Dos Amigos Cantina as a bar and you ‘ll have a great time.
I was passing by this afternoon looking for somewhere to meet friends. Luckily I past by Dos Amigos and grabbed a table outside with my daughter.
The wait staff were so friendly. Table was quickly cleaned and menus brought out.
I ordered the taco salad. I wanted something light and fast. My daughter ordered from the children’s menu. She chose the Nachos loco with the chicken and loved it. It wasn’t too spicy for her.
I was happy with the salad. just enough for me. We had just started to eat when the restaurant was evacuated due to the fire alarm going off. We waited around 15 mins before the all clear.
I didn’t need to ask for the food to be reheated or replaced, Instead the owner told me he was going to replace everything for us straight away. Now that’s service.
Over all, I was very impressed with everything. Food, service and menu oh, and the churros were amazing with the pot of chocolate. Can’t wait to go back again.
I’ve been searching New Zealand for good Mexican. Unfortunately, I haven’t found it yet.
We ordered the buffalo wings to start (which have nothing to do with Mexican food but…) and they were small but really good.
We also ordered enchiladas and the tamales. The food took quite a while to come out even though there weren’t that many people in the place.
Both of the dishes were ok. Nothing to write home about. Both meals were extremely salty too. The chicken was pretty dry and there wasn’t barely any sauce. For 20-25 bucks a pop, we were expecting a lot more.
And then the margaritas…$25 for a tiny “jug” that was barely enough for 2 people.
I wouldn’t go back here nor recommend it to anyone. The food was way way overpriced for what you get. I’d take a small Mexican joint in Chicago for a fraction of the price any day.
Went here for lunch – very friendly and helpful staff. Menu had a lot of variety and waitress was helpful in giving info on the menu. Didnt have to wait long for food and it was absolutely delicious – best mexican I have ever had. Will definately be coming back here again.
This is my favorite restaurant!! If i can afford it i try to go once a week and i live over 60 km away. I cant get enough of it! The service is great the food is awesome! I must warn, don’t go unless you can go back because after the first time you’ll be hooked!! =)
Arrived on a wed night, had heard great things about this place. Not a huge venue, but was full when we arrived, glad I booked in advanced.
I had the ribs, my wife had the chicken chili mole, very authentic. Food was great, so was the cocktails. Would definitely go again. Prices were very reasonable.
Would have give 5 out of 5, but had to wait quite a while to get served between courses. May have been a busy night. Staff were very friendly. Great family and function venue.
Went there last night with a group of friends, really amazing place!! So impressed.
Great value for money (especially if you have the entertainment book voucher), exceptional service (complete with Mexican phrases and accents!), and amazing food.
I had the spare ribs, one of their non alcoholic cocktails Chit… I… (I can’t remember the name exactly), and the flan for dessert. They came out fairly promptly, and all were wonderfully made.
Can’t rave about this place enough, keep up the good work Dos Amigos Cantina!
Went to Dos Amigos for lunch today YUMMM!!! I am a huge fan of Mexican food and couldn’t have been happier with my wrap and half of hubby’s nachos! The waiter that served us was great and happily put up with my winging baby and a few spills!!! will absolutely be back to try some more of the appealing menu options
Enjoyed my buffalo wings quite a bit, friends fajitas looked great (4 tortillas + sizzling plate of meat to assemble your own). Disappointed with the small margaritas jug – $27 only enough for 2 people or one thirsty person. Shame we missed out on dessert with such fulfilling main – would have to come back another time. Love the vibe here & lizards on display!
Popped in for a quick lunch. Very broad selection of food, and the biggest range of Tequila I have ever seen. Food was very good, arrived nice and quickly, service was fine. Black beans with main were best ever. Definitely will return.
Went to Dos Amigos last night. We had a table of 9. Got to say the service from the waiter and the food was great. The manager however needs to go on a communication course. We had booked for 7.30pm and I rang just after 6pm to ask if we could change our booking to 8pm. The manager (I believe they call him Lizard) said he would but then proceeded to tell me that they like to rollover tables and they were really busy that night and could have booked out the table to someone else earlier if we had booked for 8pm originally. I apologised and said we had a big table so we would be spending plenty of money anyway. I understand that changing a booking is a pain but I don’t need to get a lecture about it. Anyway, the meal was great, the drinks were great. Lizard seemed to be in a better mood. Until it was time to settle the bill. He came up to the table and said ‘the bill has been split 9 ways’. Two of us at the table had Entertainment Book vouchers and we said we would like to use them. He said no, the bill has already been split. I didn’t realise that two people had actually paid for their dinner already, so I said I would just pay it all so we could use the vouchers. He told me he didn’t have to honour the vouchers anyway because they were for El Centro which was taken over by Dos Amigos. I pointed out that the Entertainment Book website promotes the restaurant as Dos Amigos and says it honours the vouchers in the name of El Centro. He said no, you cant use them, its too late and you will have to use them next time. Anyway, it was not the fact that we couldn’t use them, it was the communication technique involved. He was really really rude and we were all very shocked. So here is a tip Lizard that I learned while working in customer service: one unhappy customer tells 9 other people who in turn tell another 3. None of us will go back, despite the great food and wonderful waiter.
I absolutely love Dos Amigos, been there twice now and just cant get enough of the great food, atmosphere and service. Thanks for my great birthday experience.
My wife and I went to Dos Amigos a few weeks ago and unfortunately we had our order lost and we ended up leaving without our food. But a few days after this event the owner/head chef Rob contacted me and asked if we’d like to come back as his guest.
So we went back to the restaurant tonight and met Rob, who was a great guy and very hospitable. We ordered the Quesidilla and the toquitos and they were both fantastic. We also had the churros for dessert and they were the best churros that ive ever had.
I really appreciated the extra mile that they went for us and I would definately recommend going to try the food, im sure you’ll love it. Just make sure to book as its such a popular place.
Another Fantastic Meal at Dos Amigos! Food is superb (including the Churros at the end!), ambience is awesome (loved the real sombrerros) and service is some of the most friendliest in town. Have been three times already, and have the fourth booked in. Best restaurant in town by far!
I absolutely loved this place. Great wait staff, friendly atmosphere and excellent food. The fried ice cream ball in a tortilla shell was simply the best dessert I have ever eaten. I would not hesitate to visit again and recommend to others.
We go to Mexican Cafe in city all the time and its the only Mexican resturant we have been too… thought it was time to try somewhere – glad we did.
Food was much tastier – and service so much better!
This may just be our new Mexican – only thing I would miss is the atmosphere of Mexican cafe.
Wow! where do i start?… I have been a regular since Dos Amigos opened! I’m addicted to the yummy sizzling-big juicy Prawn Fajitas, quesadilla’s & Churros & Fried Icecream…mmmmmm (makes me wanna go there now!)
Apart from fantastic, genuinely friendly ‘mexicano style’ service- go Jessica! who wears a sombrero hat bigger than her!, the menu has so many delicious & authentic meals to chose from. The serves are generous & prices very reasonable.
I have also never had ANY restaurant EVER try so hard to cater for my ‘severe anaphylactic food allergies’ before, AND SUCCEED! (which i might say is scary for everyone concerned!)
Thank you Rob, Aaron and the rest of the awesome team. As ‘Arnie would say- “I’ll be back!”
I just went there for a mothers day dinner. The mexican food was such a step up from the limited amount available in Auckland and it was hard to choose because there was so many good options. More than just the typical fare. The ribs were extremely tender and the sauce was delicious but the most outstanding part of the meal was the Churros. Best dessert eva!!
We booked a table for 6 at Dos Amigos last Friday night having had it recommended to us by friends. We were totally impressed by the food, the drinks and the service.
Dinner was delicious – we all ordered something different but favs at our table were the quesadilla’s and chimichanga.
The margarita’s were equally spesh – perhaps the experts on the liquor king pre-mix should stick to what they know! There was nothing mass-produced about our drinks, the selection and quality was excellent.
We are so happy to have a little piece of Mexico on the Mission Bay strip. We’ll certainly be back!
We have been to Dos Amigos twice now and it is the closest to authentic mexican we have in this corner of the world. The Chilli Rejeno are to die for and the Tequila Chicken are a favourite amongst my friends and family. I am looking forward to the continual expansion of the restaurant. Keep it up guys!
This is a step above other Mexican in Auckland. The quality of ingredients was great and the food was very tasty. Service was great from 2 out of the three staff on the floor but being new I’m sure they’ll sort that out. I can’t comment on the margaritas cos I didn’t have one but if you don’t like expensive drinks go to the off license and drink at home.
Took a party of 4 for a meal – food was very good, freshly made in Mexican Heaven – will definitely go back. Thanks Dos Amigos for a great meal, we were really impressed.
I’m from the States, and I’ve missed the Mexican food from home big time.
I went to Dos Amigos this weekend with some friends and I have only good things to say about these guys. The beef nachos was classic with the tastiest beef and guacamole and with lots of cheese. The Chili con Carne was-to my surprise- made from real beef with lots of spices ( not mince and paste) Far from bland!
We are definetely going back.I recommend it to everyone who is craving tasty mexican cooking!
We’ve had a number of great meals at Dos Amigos since it has opened and we were very happy with the service and the food! The staff are incredibly friendly, accommodating and full of knowledge (and songs too if you’re lucky). The food was delicious and perfect sized portions too! Very happy a decent Mexican restaurant is finally close to us!
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