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El Matador

Tapas
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131 West Esplanade, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Small restaurant with nice long common table. looked good from the outside and nice on the inside. food and wine blah! Tapas were did not grab my attention and wine was average. WE tried 5 dishes and again tastes just not there. Blue Cheese with Walnut and honey might have been the best, but... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2014
dakegro
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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

- very disappointed. ;( Our $60 was completely wasted. Having been to Spain for two weeks, we were looking for a good tapas place here and decided to go to this one after reading the reviews. We ordered 7 items and unfortunately they taste extremely bland in general and nothing like what we had in Spain. the flavour was not... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A small venue tucked away close to Lonsdale Quay. An excellent menu with many tastes across the tapas palate. Quick, efficient and friendly service. Great local beer on tap and a solid wine list. Be sure to reserve for Friday/Saturday evening as this place fills up fast. Well worth the time to dine.

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Vancouver, Canada
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12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Small restaurant with nice long common table. looked good from the outside and nice on the inside. food and wine blah! Tapas were did not grab my attention and wine was average. WE tried 5 dishes and again tastes just not there. Blue Cheese with Walnut and honey might have been the best, but amount of blue cheese on the... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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29 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I took my wife here for a date night last Friday. El Matador was a very average dining experience boosted by a cool, almost hidden location near the Lonsdale pier and a fun vibe. About the location, its on a small side street between Esplanade and the Quay market, tucked away in a small but open feeling hole-in-the-wall place -... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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398 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We visited this restaurant on a rainy day. The location is not easy to find. The food was good but they ran out of items just after opening. Not good planning as they have a limited menu anyway. Most of the dishes we tried were tasty and presented in a tapas fashion on small plates. I would give it a... More 

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Vancouver
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

According to their website, the restaurant is under the Starbucks. NOT. It's under a little indie coffee shop, entry on the back side. When I brought it up to the wait staff, they just shrugged and said "yah, the owner hasn't changed that". Service was good, but food not so much. The Serrano ham was tasty with the little garlic... More 

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vancouver
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We have eaten here several times over the last year. It's one of our favourites, but I can't quite give it a higher rating because of the service (or lack of it) we have experienced. Some nights it's been good, others well below adequate. First, the food: consistently excellent. Patates bravas, chorizo, crab, signor Serrano - all leave us wanting... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The service was fine, not amazing. It's a fine little spot, the tapas is a really good concept, but unfortunately they need a different chef. The food is very bland. If they made these small dishes with explosive flavour, then the place could really improve. Too bad

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Vancouver, Canada
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56 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I found a Groupon of this restaurant and decided to try it since North Van is an unexplored territory for my husband and I and I am easily lured by Spanish tapas. After purchasing the Groupon, I have read not-so-great reviews of El Matador but we still ventured out to North Vancouver on our anniversary night with our fingers crossed.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

The servie was great, the food was delious, the entire restaurant had amazing scents of the different dishes. The appies were all great - my two fav were the almonds and garlic prawns. Will definetly go back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 131 West Esplanade, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Tapas
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?