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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 - 10:30 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
  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
This is how Tex-Mex is supposed to taste!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
JoInTexas
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Dallas
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Dallas
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467 reviews 467 reviews
371 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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138 reviews 138 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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61 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 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 via mobile

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There is nothing fancy about the El Matador Restaurant in Denton, but the food makes up for the strip mall atmosphere. Be sure to check the daily specials located on the board as you enter. They have a different special each day of the week. When you are seated chips and salsa will arrive right away. If you like your... 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?