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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

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 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
Excellent Chicken Tacos al Carbon!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Tupelo010835
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Denton, TX
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Denton, TX
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126 reviews 126 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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502 reviews 502 reviews
392 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 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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6 restaurant reviews
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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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TEXAS
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142 reviews 142 reviews
109 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Amarillo
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75 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I wanted to like the food here. Service is terrific. Real professional waiters, but I don't understand the thinking in the kitchen. Anything that has ground beef will be dry and have a strong Cumin flavor. The chicken enchilada had cubed meat that had been stewed with tomato and onion. I certainly prefer shredded meat for an enchilada. The salsa... More 

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?