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The Headless Mexican

43 Nayland Street | Unit 5 / Sumner Shopping Centre, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
+64 3-326 6899
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“flan” (3 reviews)
“enchiladas” (3 reviews)
“cheese dip” (2 reviews)
Closed today
Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 Nayland Street | Unit 5 / Sumner Shopping Centre, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

Have been here several times with a friend - as it’s their local and they love it. The food is tasty and good, but not great. The service is good. Prices are reasonably high for what you are getting. It was a warm evening when...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank CactusRose
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

We love this place !! It is always our go to place in Sumner after a walk on the beach. Can even sit outside with our dog on a sunny evening. The food is breath taking, with a lot of dishes I haven’t had anywhere...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Hailznz
Reviewed 12 July 2018

We stopped by for dinner, unfortunately ended up leaving after chips and salsa. Can't fault the staff at all - they were great. But everything else was a bit of a letdown. The menu is all over the place, for one. Then there is the...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank DongheeL43
Reviewed 23 May 2018

Our family group of four, aged from 23 -70 years old all enjoyed our different meals. We were warmly welcomed and started with shared dip and chips with the hot cheese dip being especially tasty. My fish dish was nicely cooked with the sides being...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank ElizabethWellington
Reviewed 22 May 2018

We love the Headless Mexican. The staff are welcoming, and the atmosphere is great. TexMex Cantina meets suburban Christchurch 70s shopping precinct! lol! we popped in on Sunday to have a birthday dinner (mine) and it was really enjoyable. I adore TexMex dishes and am...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank patriciamH3641TP
Reviewed 11 April 2018

I read the menu on line and thought this place would be perfect. I made the booking and arrived in anticipation of having a taste sensation of the food that was on offer as the combination of herbs and spices would really suit my pallet....More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank joeandsteph2016
Manfred F, Owner at The Headless Mexican, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Hello Joe and Steph, that really sounds like a frustrating experience. You were looking forward to a flavoursome experience and the food you received was not meeting your expectations at all. On top of that, your dessert order was rejected. You long for quality, tasty...More

Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Visited the headless Mexican for a meal as New to the area and we were delighted to find a cosey romantic relaxing and friendly resturant. The meal was gorgeous and it will definitely become somewhere we return to on a regular basis. Reasonably priced also.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank O725RMhelend
Reviewed 6 March 2018

We were a tourist group of 6 people and the staff was so nice. We came by a bit before the dinner hour so the owner had some time to chat with us. We naturally had questions about the area and not only did he...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Flyfreemark
Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Recently visited for the first time to celebrate my wife's birthday with family. Had fantastic, friendly service from the owner and his staff and all of us enjoyed our meals. Can personally recommend the Venezualan lamb dish and the Mexican flan! Good selection of beer...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Zetlander
Reviewed 10 December 2017

Friends from Christchurch to this, their favourite restaurant. New to the menu was stuffed squid tubes - delicious! Alongside yummy frozen margaritas on a warm evening, this was a a meal to remember. Friendly staff too. If we didn't live in England we would certainly...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank philjaynem
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$29
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Nayland Street | Unit 5 / Sumner Shopping Centre, Christchurch 8081, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-326 6899
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Innovative authentic Mexican and Latin American cuisine made with passion. We believe that offering house-made food is an expression of love. Almost all of our products are made on site using fresh ingredients. That includes our desserts, chutneys, smoked pork belly, smoked chillies for our sauces, and more. Vegan and Vegetarian options are available for most of our dishes. Come and dine in a casual and friendly environment, families with children are welcome.
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