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Hot Tamale

F 2 19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
+61 8 8981 5471
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Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (84 reviews)
“churros” (7 reviews)
“mexican food” (59 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
F 2 19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
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1 - 10 of 703 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Extremely busy on a Saturday night, but wow the staff were great. Food was amazing and plenty of tequila cocktails. Best exerpinece of our holiday so far. Well done.

Thank emilyIrose
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The best Margaritas I have EVER had and the best Mexican food I've had in Australia!! The tacos and nachos are to die for and the margaritas are indescribable. Becca our waitress for this evening was phenomenal and waited on our every needs and was...More

Thank lucygoggin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location adjacent to the lagoon on the waterfront precinct. Nachos was quite funky and different to most of the usual similar dishes at well known Mexican chain stores. Serving was generous and tasty. The dish described as Mexican lasagne was also very tasty but...More

Thank WildColonialBoy25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Firstly I thought the new menu had a great selection. I hadn’t eaten all day so I decided on the large plate ($24). The plate was large but that was about it. The dish was described as lasagne with Mexican ingredients. It was quite tasty...More

Thank Ciaraobx
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service and friendly staff... drinks and food awesome too. One of the best Mexican restaurants in Darwin. Job well done guys. 🤙🏾

Thank Pat S
AnnelieseG35, Manager at Hot Tamale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Pat, thank you for your great review! We hope to see you again soon. Anneliese Grazioli, Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great setting on the waterfront. Tasty food and liked the unusual mexican menu as good to see dishes other then the usual burritos and enchiladas, however, was a bit disappointed with the quality. The quesadillas I ordered (street food) lacked the chorizo advertised on the...More

Thank Jasmine101Surrey
AnnelieseG35, Manager at Hot Tamale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jasmine, thank you for taking your time to write us a review we are very sorry to hear that your experience was not up to our usual high standard. I'm not sure about the quesadilla but it isn't supposed to contain chicken and the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic dinner, food was very fresh and tasty. Becca was our waitress and offered great service.

Thank Gayle B
AnnelieseG35, Manager at Hot Tamale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Gayle, we are glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. We will pass on your great feedback to Becca. Thank you, Anneliese Grazioli Manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Menu has changed. Food was cold and lacked flavour - chips inedible they were that cold. I actually once classed this as my favourite restaurant in Darwin and we used to be regulars. But the last visit has left a bad taste (literally) in my...More

Thank Jenna H
AnnelieseG35, Manager at Hot Tamale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jenna, we are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience with us. We update our menu every 6-12 months and have been getting good feedback on our most recent change, any feedback is appreciated as we want to serve the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is well located nestled in the strip on Darwin’s Watrfront. The menu is in relative term good, with choices os entré small and large meals. The service was lacking as was the taste of the food. We expected the meals to be spicy,...More

Thank AAK62
AnnelieseG35, Manager at Hot Tamale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi AAK62, we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your experience at our venue. We serve a range of different spice levels on dishes. If you were able to contact us with some more information on which dishes you had so we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking forward to some good ‘hot’ Mexican food but really more mildly spiced than hot. Im not saying the food didn’t taste nice, but my husband loves his chilli, you know, ear tingling hot. Sadly this was not to be. Asked the waitress for something...More

Thank darwintraveller2018
AnnelieseG35, Manager at Hot Tamale, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Darwintraveller2018, we apologise in regards to our hot sauce. It is normally very spicy and loved by hot heads everywhere, we use fresh chillis in our salsa and our supply have been much milder than we usually recieve. We have been outsourcing to rectify...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 23
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: F 2 19 Kitchener Dr, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8981 5471
  • E-mail
Description
Hot Tamale is the Northern Territories premier Mexican Restaurant and Bar located at the beautiful Darwin Waterfront. Our cuisine is driven by a passion for fresh flavourful Latin American fare, with a focus on Mexico City's wonderful street food as will as the Mexican style from Southern California and Texas. Amazing vibrant flavours. Hot Tamale is also home to the Southern Hemispheres largest collection of Tequilas and Mezcals. A wonderful collection that includes some of the finest tequilas you can purchase. Our cocktail list focuses on highlighting the different variations of tequila mixed perfectly to make beautiful cocktails.
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