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Empire Hotel | Cnr Princess and Main Street, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand
+64 6-357 8002
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Good food, menu needs a little changing, some of the portion sizes are not what they say they are. My Husband got a portion size that would of only feed our five year old daughter not a fully grown man. You need to be a bit kinder to your customers. Although the food was good!

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Thank Donna P
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

To call this Mexican food is a trevesty. Anyone who has been to Mexico, or for that matter, even close (i.E. Texas, California) will agree this is a poor imitation at best. The food is overpriced, underseasoned, and only marginally authentic. That said, the ceviche was a pleasant surprise that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. If you have NEVER tried... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

Very accomodating staff. Ask for Patrick and you can't go wrong. Great food at great prices. Test your senses and Patrick may test you further with a little chilli tequila. Fun and friendly.

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Thank emmamccoach
Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

I have been to this restaurant many times and have loved it. Sadly our experience last Friday was disappointing. The service was ridiculously slow. And then once food came, it was only for 1/2 the table and then it was like 30mins more for the rest of us. And my food was so bland, no flavour at all, and the... More 

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Thank lily22nz
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

Very nice Mexican food! I'm glad I stuck to the spice level, it was really good. My companions chose the Kiwi Hot level and were pleasantly surprised at the hot level! The food was well prepared, well presented and the taste was really good. Not the last time that I will go there!

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Thank Kiwihipp
Palmerston North, New Zealand
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

Very slow service, the wait staff are very pleasant though. The meal was very bland and i was quite disappointed though. The sangria is great though :)

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Thank SauraLane
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56 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

Being from the states, and southern states at that, I have had my fair share of Mexican food. Not to mention I've vacationed in Mexico. I eat at numerous Mexican restaurants monthly, and at least once a week. I was thrilled when I found a Mexican food place in NZ! I was thrilled however for a very short time. The... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015 via mobile

Went here with a bunch of colleagues for a meal. Large restaurant, cosy, tidy, nicely furnished. Some dirty tables. The service from our dedicated waiter was particularly slow with significant time periods between arrival, order of drinks, arrival of drinks, order of food, arrival of food. As a general comment, I was unsure as to what exactly the waitresses were... More 

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1 Thank gwcsmith
Palmerston North
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151 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2015

Our family felt like Mexican so we tried out the El Gusto restaurant. The place was far from busy when we visited so we got very good service and attention from the staff. The food was typical Tex-Mex fare and was more than adequate for the occasion. All of the food was tasty and well presented. They have a number... More 

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Thank MartyPN
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

What a fantastic revamp this place has had ! Tidy menus, brighter lighting and decore, excellent staff & prices to die for! Dinner here was brilliant last night and I will be back every month !! Great price for how much food and drink we received and brilliant staff and table side service !!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Empire Hotel | Cnr Princess and Main Street, Palmerston North 4440, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-357 8002

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?