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El Matador Restaurant

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720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
940-387-1137
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11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very good food!

We stopped here at the end of a long day of traveling through Dallas traffic in the rain. We had eaten here a year or so before and remembered that it was good and decided to stop in Denton just to eat here again. It is a really good place with great food and reasonable prices. I especially like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Superior
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123 reviews 123 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We stopped here at the end of a long day of traveling through Dallas traffic in the rain. We had eaten here a year or so before and remembered that it was good and decided to stop in Denton just to eat here again. It is a really good place with great food and reasonable prices. I especially like that... More 

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Denton, TX
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133 reviews 133 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I've totally lost track of the number of times I've eaten here. Surely the number is several score, or more. I'm a creature of habit and always get the Chicken Tacos al Carbon. I'm consistently served tacos with tender cubes of white chicken meat. The seasoning they use is unique to El Matador and is outstanding. Not really spicy at... More 

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Dallas
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509 reviews 509 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I am SO sick of chain restaurants that say they are Tex-Mex and new start-ups that are underfunded! I had not had a good true Tex-Mex meal in a month until my hubby and I stumbled onto this place on a road trip. If I lived near here, I would eat here weekly! Chips were fresh and crispy, salsa had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A great restaurant that has been around for 30+ years. The food is always good and the staff friendly. Cold beer to go with your meal. Try it all, hard to choose one item.

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Denton, Texas
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We love El Matador! The margaritas are really good and strong. The chips, salsa, and queso are great, and we typically get fajitas. Love them! The service is always quick and friendly and the prices are great. If you need some yummy Mexican food, I really recommend this place! The outside (in the "strip mall" setting) is nothing special, but... More 

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121 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Don't let the outside appearance of this place keep you from coming inside the door! You can always find a nice crowd for lunch at El Matador in Denton. Food is served quickly and you can also get seated the minute you walk in the door. This time for lunch I had the Chile Relleno stuffed with both chicken and... More 

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Denton, Texas
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164 reviews 164 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Mexican food, served hot and well. Service rocks, the atmosphere is what it is, it actually does remind me of Mexico. In Denton, this is without a doubt one of the best places for Mexican food.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We have been coming here for several years, and the food is always great! They have daily specials and the old favorites. Service is always awesome - even with a large group. No matter how crowded they are, you get your food quickly every time! The pricing is very reasonable, as well. We will be coming back again and again.

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Denton, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A great place to go for lunch. Very fast service - food is good. Naturally, the portions are huge. Real cheese and tasty refried beans. lengthy menu with lunch specials

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Will definitely eat there many more times. Loved the food and great prices. Build one in Mansfield please.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Denton
  • Phone Number: 940-387-1137

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?