Fidel's Cafe

Fidel's Cafe
234 Cuba Street
Te Aro
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

The Cubano (NZD $18 / SGD $18)

Revolutionary Landmark Cafe

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 7
Value for Money: 7
Spent about NZD $34 / SGD $34 per person.


Established in November 1996 by founder Roger Young, Fidel's Cafe is the undisputed hipster king of cool in Cuba Street Mall, downtown Wellington inner city slice of bohemia. An iconic landmark of the city, and known across New Zealand, Fidel's Cafe has a long history of serving strong single origin Cuba coffee and tasty dishes made with fresh, locally sourced, ethical free-range produce.

Ambience at Fidel's Cafe is adorned with images of the Cuba revolution and its iconic leader, Fidel Castro. Very apt, as the cafe was among the first to begin the transformation of the formerly seedy red-light district of Cuba Street Mall, into today's bohemian bastion, a place with culinary and creative soul. The tightly packed interior, neatly spaced with small but functional wooden and metal furniture, is dimly lit, and feels like a secret hush-hush dining experience, intimate and cozy.

Service at Fidel's Cafe is down-to-earth friendly, incredibly casual. Expect a wait of between 15 - 40 minutes for a table. Staff are quick to greet guests and inform them of the waiting time, and display very good product knowledge on the menu, able to describe dishes. Turnover is very efficiently performed, staff are quick to clear empty / dirty tables. They also help to serve water proactively, and will check for feedback on your dining experience. Expect to see folks just chilling and chatting over leisurely meals here.

Food at Fidel's Cafe is mainly British English / Kiwi cuisine, with a slice of Cuban / Mexican cuisine thrown in. The menu is compact, and dishes are hearty and large in portion. Taste is generally very good, as they use fresh, locally sourced, free-range ingredients, and execution is spot-on. Prices are affordable, and comparable to other cafes here, budget about NZD $34 / SGD $34 per person for a decent meal, without alcoholic drinks. The long standing reputation of Fidel's Cafe is well deserved, and I highly recommend paying them a visit.


Fidel's Cafe Signage
Fidel's Cafe Signage

Fidel's Cafe Exterior

Fidel's Cafe Interior

Banner Of Cuba Flag

Fidel's Cafe Menu & Operating Hours
Fidel's Cafe Menu & Operating Hours

Menu Drinks, Non-Alcoholic

Menu Mains

Menu Brunch


Cozy Corridor


Silhouette Poster Of Fidel Castro

The Hot Wings With Ranch Sauce (NZD $12 / SGD $12) features meaty, moist, tender, savoury drumlets and winglets, coated in a sticky spicy buffalo sauce, served with a cooling ranch sauce on the side. Good amount of heat, yet doesn't overwhelm the palate, this appetizer is best shared amongst 2 people. Good!

Hot Wings With Ranch Sauce (NZD $12 / SGD $12)

Hot Wings With Ranch Sauce

With The Cubano (NZD $18 / SGD $18), they've created the ultimate toasted sandwich. Warm, crisp outside fluffy inside bread roll, stuffed with free-range ham, slow braised pulled pork, butter, Swiss cheese, pickled gherkins, mayonnaise, yellow mustard, and served with fries on the side. Excellent sandwich, warm, savoury sharp salty sweet, all at once. Alternating textures of crisp, crunchy, tender, juicy, stringy, just delighful. Very filling, I couldn't finish it by myself. Highly recommended!

The Cubano (NZD $18 / SGD $18)

The Cubano