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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: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 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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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The food is consistent and good. The whole strip mall needs renovation, but inside is a clean, comfortable environment. We found this place by accident about 5 years ago while attending the Denton County Fair and have been back many many times. Like I said in my title, though, all else aside, the service is excellent.

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Sherman, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I have been to this restaurant many times always courteous servers good hot food quickly for your money forget the rest go to the best

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Denton, Texas
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great place to go to order margaritas and just visit with friends. Great chips and salsa. The food is typical Mexican/American food (if you are looking for authentic mexican, this is TEX/Mex, so you'll want to go somewhere else. Not a lot of different flavors in different foods. I think they only use one seasoning for everything. But like I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely awesome food and drinks!! A must go to restaurant!! Great environment for family's and couples!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Excellent 1800 margarita on the rocks. Perfect beef flautas, Wonderful charro beans. Great TexMex beef enchiladas. Chips and salsa complimentary with the meal. Don't be put off by its outward appearance and location. Total bill for 2 dinners, a tea, and a drink was $25 Amazing value!!!!

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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about El Matador Restaurant

Address: 720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
Phone Number: 940-387-1137
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Denton
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Mexican

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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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