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El Matador

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Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
6241570443
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Description: El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former...
El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former Matador, Pablo Velez. It boasts Mediterranean Mexican dining. It is in a neighborhood next to the Nun's Hospital. Their Scallopine Marsala is to die for as well as the other items on the menu. Please add this restaurant to your list. I can't imagine why it hasn't been on there as we have been eating there for at least 3 or 4 years.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
tranquil meal San Jose del Cabo

Beautiful outdoor setting by the pool and in the back of a renovated house. Food was very good and service was excellent. We drove from Cabo San Lucas and it was well worth it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
reillyelmo
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new york
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new york
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Beautiful outdoor setting by the pool and in the back of a renovated house. Food was very good and service was excellent. We drove from Cabo San Lucas and it was well worth it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Yep, it was that good, and the owner, Pablo (THE Matador) was very hands on and fun to listen to after dinner when he pulled out one of his capes and showed us some moves. Real Caesar Salad made at the table; bananas foster, etc. Great filet mignon and the shrimp with tequila and Kahlua was terrific. Go visit this... More 

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We have been going to El Matador for a few years now and mentioned a while back to Pablo that we would be interested if he would consider a cooking class. He was in agreement, so we made it happen. We had a group of six, and he knocked it out of the park. We made coconut shrimp, caesar salad,... More 

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Morristown, NJ
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151 reviews 151 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Trip Advisor has never lead me wrong, this restaurant is testimony to it. It is a tad tedious to find as street signs are lacking in this residential area away from the Centro district. The search is worth the annoyance. The restaurant is a Spanish courtyard home with the main dining area in a lovely, quiet garden. The menu is... More 

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New Jersey
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117 reviews 117 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

A little out of the way (a six dollar taxi from San Jose del Cabo old city) but worth the drive. Your host, Pablo Velez, is 52 years old. He has been a Matador since age 15, and he brings the passion and pride of his profession to his second great love, his restaurant...aptly named El Matador. The restaurant is... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The owner El Matador is a very charming and friendly man that has opened his house to guests. He went out of his way to find the fish we wanted (red snapper) that evening, but it was overseasoned (to much salt, maybe MSG, etc), Just basic spices on the grill and it would have been great. Ordered a Sangria to... More 

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Very private and quiet location with excellent food and service. You will not be disappointed with El Matador.

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North Vancouver BC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We went to El Matador for my birthday dinner. It is a very quiet, lovely, peaceful location, and nice alternative to the hustle and bustle of the other San Jose Del Cabo restaurants. the owner was on site and came to our table to say hello and welcome. The staff are very friendly and attentive. The food is lovely presented... More 

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Hamilton, Montana
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Owner Pablo Velez is a real matador. He gracefully pirouetted around a palm tree with red wine glass in hand. Interior patio of his home makes an intimate setting for dinner. Appetizers are fine, but not as strong as main courses. Chateaubriand for two was outstanding. Grilled seabass was excellent. Mexican lime pie and chocolate lava cake made for tasty... More 

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Elk Grove, California
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

El Matador Restaurant should be at the top of anyone's list for restaurants to eat at when in San Jose del Cabo. Pablo Velez, the owner, is an artist with many talents. He truly represents Mexico in old style culture yet his dishes are modern, unique, and burst with flavor. Senor Velez, a professional bullfighter adds flare and color to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Sur  >  Los Cabos  >  San Jose del Cabo
  • Phone Number: 6241570443

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Fusion

Description

El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former Matador, Pablo Velez. It boasts Mediterranean Mexican dining. It is in a neighborhood next to the Nun's Hospital. Their Scallopine Marsala is to die for as well as the other items on the menu. Please add this restaurant to your list. I can't imagine why it hasn't been on there as we have been eating there for at least 3 or 4 years.

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