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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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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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
A Hidden Gem

My family visited Cabo last week. My cousin highly recommended El Matador so I emailed for a reservation. The restaurant is actually located in a neighborhood just outside of downtown San Jose. The owner, Pablo, was incredibly gracious and professional. He had opened the restaurant just for our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Denver
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My family visited Cabo last week. My cousin highly recommended El Matador so I emailed for a reservation. The restaurant is actually located in a neighborhood just outside of downtown San Jose. The owner, Pablo, was incredibly gracious and professional. He had opened the restaurant just for our party (this is the slower season) so we had the beautiful outdoor... More 

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Bellheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

My husband and I just went to San Jose and went to El Matador for our last dinner. It is the coziest place with wonderful food and friendly service. A couple of years ago we went to Venice and ate in this little family owned restaurant in a small, narrow street away from all the tourist frenzy. It was also... More 

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new york
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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7 restaurant reviews
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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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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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Address: Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
Phone Number: 6241570443
Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Sur  >  Los Cabos  >  San Jose del Cabo
Cuisine: Fusion

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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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