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Flying Burrito Brothers

4 star rating 27 reviews

Telephone 07-578 8363

107 Grey St
Four Palms
Tauranga Central
Tauranga

Cuisine:
Mexican
Hours:
Tues - Sun 4:30pm - 11:30pm
Provided by business

Overview

Where smoking guns, winged horses, and chocolate chasing maidens rule. Step into the home of The Flying Burrito Brothers, a blissful homage to the dining style of Mexico. The Flying Burrito Brothers was born in 2002 and raised to stake the true Mexican dining experience here in New Zealand. Our food stays fresh and locally sourced. Our Cantina ensembles cater to tastes of subtle, textured and hot, while our Latin drinks complete a well-stacked Tequileria.

Photos

Photo of Flying Burrito Brothers
Tasty churros
Sizzling Fajitas, beef, chicken, prawn or vege
Mushroom Tostada
Plato Gordo a selection of our tasty Bocaditos.

More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Takeaways:
Yes
Parking:
Free On-Street, Pay, Pay & Display
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
Good For Children:
Yes
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO/Corkage:
No BYO
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal, Gluten-free, Dairy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
Seating For:
up to 200
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for Flying Burrito Brothers

5 star rating
by Amy G.
20th October 2013

I loved it!!! Amazing friendly service, amazing food, great atmosphere. The price of meals were very very reasonable. Definitely recommend, I have nothing bad to say about this place :) I will be back!!!

5 star rating
by Leah H.
12th July 2013

Love love love flying burrito brothers!!!!… Food and service was fantastic!!!!!.. The chicken wings/nibbles were amaze-balls!!!….chicken quesadillas was also yummy…no room for dessert, but will try churro s next time….thank you for a great evening….

5 star rating
by Shell H.
22nd April 2013

I was looking for somewhere new to take my mum for her birthday and we decided that Mexican was in order. I’m SO pleased we went here. The service was awesome… there was a fun atmosphere while still allowing us to be ‘private’ and the food was absolutely divine! I mentioned when we arrived that it was Mum’s birthday and towards the end of the meal Jose arrived with a HUGE sombrero for Mum to wear along with his guitar and then he sang her happy birthday. Mum was thrilled!! Thank you all for making her birthday such a fun night and we’ll definitely be back again :)

Comment from Joshua F. of Flying Burrito Brothers 8/07/2013   
Glad we could make it special for you guys, thanks for the review!!    More »
4 star rating
by David W.
3rd April 2013

Great Service…Great Food….just go there!, nothing more to say!

5 star rating
by Kirsty S.
4th December 2012

This restaurant is a moderately priced Mexican Cantina style restaurant so I was not expecting a fine dining experience I was expecting a smart casual experience with Mexican food, this is exactly what it is. You wont leave hungry the service is excellent and the food is fantastic the atmosphere is fun and casual and the decor is relaxing and inviting I went for the first time a few months back and it is now my Restaurant of choice for celebrations, family get togethers and catch ups with friends.

3 star rating
by Nishiyaman
17th November 2012

Great service and nice atmosphere but too dark for eating a meal! The food is simple and the choice is limited . Good for a party !

4 star rating
by Rochelle
5th November 2012

Love this place. The food is always consistently yummy & great cocktails. Last time we dined they were offering half price desserts so I tried the churros. To be honest I wasn’t expecting much but they were divine!! I would definitely order them again. This place is also great just for drinks as the bar area is quite separate & has a great outdoor area.

Comment from Joshua F. of Flying Burrito Brothers 5/11/2012   
Hi Rochelle, Thanks for the feedback, the churros are one of my…    More »
4 star rating
by Maggie P.
2nd July 2012

Went here late in the evening and the staff were very accommodating and kept the kitchen open so we could dine. Was a family experience and being the first time to this establishment was really impressed with the service and the quality of the food. The venue is awesome and we enjoyed the outside furniture which was funky and inviting for the children. Will definetly go back here again in the future. Great quality food that is equally tasty.

Comment from Joshua F. of Flying Burrito Brothers 3/07/2012   
Hi Maggie, Thanks for the great feedback, hope to see you and the…    More »
4 star rating
by Kathryn
13th April 2012

I love this restaurant for tasty food and fabulous ambience. Every time I’ve dined here it’s made for a fun night out. Service is very good and the management are very accommodating and eager to please.
And last but not least … the cocktails – divine!

4 star rating
by chloe
20th March 2012

I’ve been to Flying Burrito Brothers twice now, once with my sister and her best friend, once with some of my work colleagues. First time was unforgettable, we had a cute jug of margarita and 3 mexican plates to share. Good pricing, lovely atmosphere and amazing dessert both times. Second time I had the other margarita flavor aswel as the original, dessert was yet again beautiful and the right amount. Can’t wait til my next vist!!

TIP: More Smiles needed but service was great.

Comment from Joshua F. of Flying Burrito Brothers 20/03/2012   
Hi Chloe, Looks like your enjoying our Margaritas!! Next time…    More »
5 star rating
by Mel
14th March 2012

I have been to flying burrito brothers twice in the last month, and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I loved all the food that I was given, the frozen margaritas are delicious and go down very easily. I absolutely LOVE the churros, even when I could hardly move from how full I was fro. The mains, I could still fit the churros in! The service was excellent and very quick, the waitresses both times were very welcoming and friendly.. The new owners are awesome friendly and very approachable, I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice meal out. Will be back soon :)

Comment from Joshua F. of Flying Burrito Brothers 15/03/2012   
Hi Mel, Great to hear you have been enjoying our restaurant and…    More »
5 star rating
by Nancy
16th November 2011

If you are a rib lover then this is the place for you on Friday nights!! We went in for an early meal last Friday and the ribs were FANTASTIC and so was the passionfruit margarita! Great atmosphere and the staff has mastered good service. Can’t wait to go back!

5 star rating
by Cee Jay S.
15th November 2011

It is such a shame that this restaurant received such bad reviews from its old owner. The new owners are fantastic – really friendly and American as well, so it makes things a little more authentic! I went there 3 times in 1 month because I liked it so much. A great selection of food and drinks, and fun stuff too like a burrito served on a hot stone which sizzles as its brought to you, or frozen beer, etc. The inside is really nice and the atmosphere is lovely. Meals were a good size, and the desserts were nice. My friend is allergic to nuts so she was pleased to discover that she was allowed to eat all but 1 of the desserts!

4 star rating
by Joe P.
7th June 2011

Loved it.
Great food, a little overpriced, but very nice staff who accommodated our child nicely. We had no booking and they were happy to take us. On the night we also got a free house wine or beer each.
Part we during the even a loud group of about twenty moved into the room net to us, which prevented us from getting desert due to the volume levels- probably would’ve given them a 5 star if not for that and the price.

2 star rating
by Gretchen
6th June 2011

The food was ok, we didn’t have to wait long and some of it was quite tasty.

We were let down by the desserts though:

The churros were fried too long and didn’t have any softness inside – all crunchy and brown and oily tasting and smelling like something from a fish and chip shop. The lighter of the two chocolate sauces was not pleasant tasting – It tasted like compound chocolate and had a nasty oily texture. It would not surprise me to learn it was just chocolate buttons melted in the microwave.

The tequila lime pie didn’t taste like lime or tequila. The pastry shell was ok, but the filling was like a bog standard lemon tart from a bakery, except this was runny and hadn’t set or thickened. From the description I was expecting something with a delicious mousse, or possibly rich custard or fluffy marshmallow texture, and very tangy and tart with a sharp zesty edge to it and a good hint of tequila. What I got was basically runny lemon honey which had so much sugar in it and such an unpleasant texture that I could only manage a couple of mouthfuls. I ended up just eating the pastry shell and leaving the filling behind.

So, we’ll be back for your mains, but I don’t think I’ll bother with the desserts again. I’d rather drive all the way to Auckland to have a churro at Dos Amigos. Theirs are amazing.

3 star rating
by M H.
31st March 2011

Great location and surroundings and good, honest food make this a recommended option, but for the best Mexican food in town, I’d have to suggest its competition at Mount Maunganui.

5 star rating
by Tracey
4th March 2011

Five of us went here for dinner last night. We didn’t have a booking, but we got a table straight away even though it was very busy. Great atmosphere, lots of people, lovely hostess, and a yummy meal. I had the beef fajitas which were very tasty, and came with lots of sides. Everyone else enjoyed their meals too. And the margaritas were goood! A great night, thank you.

5 star rating
by Judy C.
21st February 2011

Have dined several times at Flying Burrito Brother’s and enjoyed every meal. The staff and service is excellent! Even though our entree was going to come out after our mains (blessing really as the mains were soooo big – we could not have eaten it!) We were offered 2 free desserts and sincere apologies.

It was our daughter’s 21st, so management and staff fussed over her – singing Happy Birthday, with her wearing the sombrero, also eating a beautiful piece of chocolate cake with candle. Very thoughtful THANK YOU!

3 star rating
by Lee
11th February 2010

Have had amazing experience in Wellington at the same restaurant chain. Staying the night in Tauranga and was pleased to see the same restaurant here…Called in takeaway order. Service was great, restaurant looked great, awesome vibe with live music and a dam hot waitress…Food was average but could have been the takeaway aspect and having to mix some of the sides together in takeaway dishes..overall pretty good…would like to eat in next time…Hope that waitress is working and the food is good.

1 star rating
by Richard
8th November 2009

After keenly missing a major part of my Los Angeles diet of authentic Mexican fare for more than 10 years since I came to NZ, I was extremely elated to learn that finally a new place called The Flying Burrito Bros down on Grey st Tauranga was here to answer my culinary prayers.

I excitedly called my kiwi mate who never had the chance to sample this unique, delicious food.For years I always so vainly tried to describe via word what can only be understood by the experience of the physical taste.

The first step was to place an order for the Plato Gordo which is the most costly single food item on the menu at $39- a pop and supposedly an ample sampling for two.

I was greeted by a gent who answered the phone in an Indifferent zombie like manner. I was told no orders by phone had to go down and wait while being prepared.

When we walked into the establishment one got the sense that we should have been honoured to have even been allowed entry. There was absoluetely no service rendered full stop. We waited by the register for nearly 15 minutes unacknowledged by the wait staff until they were finished chatting. This REALLY geta me!

No offer to so much as have a seat. When the order was ready there was not one single gesture of customer appreciation not one smile and a rather impatient attitude towards my enquires about the menu.

I was handed two small foam take out boxes and out the door we went not so much as a thank you.

When we got back and opened the boxes I thought it had to be either a great mistake or some kind of joke bearing in mind what the item descriptrion portrayed. A sloppy mess all was mixed together. The chicken wings were rubbery and undercooked. There was barely enough to fill one plate let alone two, The albondigas was inedible WAY too much of the wrong spice. The ceviche was horrid the fish bits where way to large too much vinegar and far too much lime with no red oinon or the other appropriate ingredients.

The tacquitos were a soggy mess and were filled with some kind of grainy filling with synthetic taste. NO frejolis or rice as we had been told. a smear of what was supposed to be mole sauce on the bottom and to make a long story short there was nothng pleasant to walk away with. The chips were the only item that I can honestly say were ok and there was only a small handful in the box.

My synopsis is Flying Burrito Brothers was not only a major disapointment they have not at all filled the needed local market for South of the border cusine in this country.

A good restaurant should at least ACT like their customers matter even if it’s an act. ALL of the Mexican restauants I have been too offer chips and salsa to both in dining and take out clientele as well.The portions were skimpy and the entire effect a tad on the pretentious side.

So far as traditional Mexican fare Flying B Bros needs to do a little more homework. A hollow mockery of the real McKoy.

So far as my exeperience with this Tauranga based establishment they failed miserably to meet any and all criteria for what they profess to offer. After wasting almost $40- on this drek two people were still hungry and yet to have tea.

STILL starving for Mexican food it was terrible as well as the service. Will not go again.

Perhaps one of their other outlets is better and I certainly hope so for the sake of their survival in the ever growing and demanding NZ food service game

5 star rating
by Megan
11th September 2009

We often come here for a family dinner, the service is fantastic, the staff are wonderful with the kids doing magic tricks and balloon hats and animals. We have enjoyed every dish off the menue and are looking forward to eating our way through it. We highly reccommend the food, service and atmosphere to anyone.

5 star rating
by rhozie
14th August 2009

have been there a number of times for family dinners and girls nights out.
love the decore the service is allways 5 star the foods relly good for a change recomend the”little bit of everything” as the mexican menu may cofuse you.AND definatly highly recomened the cocktails best in town. 5 star place to go

4 star rating
by amanda
1st July 2009

Went here for dinner on a Tuesday night – very lovely waiter with a great personality! After reading other reviews we weren’t too keen to go here but glad we did, yummy food that took about 15 minutes to come out – service was great and would definately recommend – pity about the couple at the table next to us who were all over each other in a very AO way.

4 star rating
by SHERYL
23rd April 2009

after reading the previous reviews was a little sceptical about dining there however quite the opposite service was great and the food and beverage superb. definitely recommend

3 star rating
by Lily
31st January 2009

Just visited this place on Friday after a workmate recommended it. Unlike the other reviews we had good time. The service was excellent, the food was delivery quickly, and the prices were good. The food was pleasant but not very exciting for Mexican food but dessert was yum. I also question how much alcohol was in my drink, and I think it must have been cheap vodka as something about my drink was unpleasant. Liked the atmosphere and the light fittings!

1 star rating
by Jennie
12th December 2008

I was really looking forward to going to this restaurant as I love Mexican food. What a disappointment. Ordered a dish called “a bit of everything”. Fish taco, a black bean something (covered in a too salty, black sticky tar like sauce) and another completely forgettable portion. The waitress was hopeless. She only took our entree orders then wandered off. Came back eventually to take our main orders (an hour later) and in the middle of the job, wandered off to another table. When we had the temerity to ask how long how entrees would be, we were told (in a dismissive tone) that they were really busy you know as they had two functions that night. We quietly informed her that we were a function too (our work Christmas function). Her terse reply was that they were a table of 20. Shouldnt we matter too, we asked? To which she said “come on guys” and promptly turned on her heels and left our table. Hmm. Good one. We all had a huge amount of margaritas (to fill in the gap while we waited for our food) and have never felt so sober – just how much alcohol is in their pricey cocktail?

1 star rating
by Paul
11th December 2008

My wife phoned this restaurant on Thursday to make a booking for Saturday evening for 3 people, She was informed that they were busy and only taking bookings for parties of ten or more people. For a new restaurant I find this very strange, do these people realise that they are in fact in the hospitality trade. This sort of thing may fly in Christchurch or Auckland but this is Tauranga. I wonder if they will want a booking for three on a cold winters night.

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