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El Matador Mexican Restaurant

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9203 Lee Hwy, Ooltewah, TN 37363
(423) 238-6655
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 16
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  • 14
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  • 10
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Too much, Too late!

We arrived in Ooltewah a bit late after a long day travelling. Exhausted and hungry, El Matador was the closest restaurant to our hotel so we sat down for a much-needed meal. The chips and salsa were great. Then this massive plate of cheese enchiladas, rice and beans arrives. In hindsight, we... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
rharch
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Highland, CA
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Chattanooga, TN
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46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is nothing to rave about. We're not fans of their chips and bland salsa. We have eaten here several times but were no impressed with anything that we've tried. Nothing really bad but nothing really good...

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Highland, CA
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

We arrived in Ooltewah a bit late after a long day travelling. Exhausted and hungry, El Matador was the closest restaurant to our hotel so we sat down for a much-needed meal. The chips and salsa were great. Then this massive plate of cheese enchiladas, rice and beans arrives. In hindsight, we probably should have split one plate between us.... More 

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1 Thank rharch
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388 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 521 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

This was really good food. Well prepared and well served. This is obviously a very popular restaurant as I think it was the only one in town with more than five cars and the parking lot had actually boiled over into the surrounding businesses. They could handle the customer volume, however, and managed to give great service and even better... More 

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1 Thank nabenom
Ooltewah, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Great Mexican food and atmosphere, alcoholic beverages, fast service with a varied menu. Reasonable prices and friendly servers.

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1 Thank gail19572015
Rossville, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The food is always good and most of the staff are friendly. The restaurant is dark inside so it's best to go during the day so that you can see what you are eating.

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1 Thank Tamara R
Ooltewah, Tennessee
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Quod is great, lots of it. Always take some home. Very clean, friendly people, both workers and customers.

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Thank 1025walter
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We ordered fajitas and they were terrible and uncooked onions and no flavor. The salsa was red sauce and again no flavor. The margarita was all mix, good size but must have been a virgin sweet margarita. Service was attentive but felt like they rushed us when no one was in there. Bad call on our end, try some where... More 

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Thank Louise T
Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

stopped in for fajitas & a beer. It was greally good. And the service was perfect. they were quick to get me chips and salsa while I waited and drank my beer. The food arrived sizzling hot. Perfectly prepared.

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1 Thank Dr_Kevin_7
Hixson, Tennessee
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149 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My wife and I had lunch here several weeks ago. As it is every time I have eaten here, the food is served hot and the portions are big. Our server was really on top of it and we had a really good meal. I had the fajita nachos and my wife the taco salad.

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Thank laboaks53
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156 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Close proximity to hotels. Great service but what do you expect from Tennessee food wasn't bad. Wasn't great. Reasonably priced though

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9203 Lee Hwy, Ooltewah, TN 37363
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Ooltewah
  • Phone Number: (423) 238-6655

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?