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“So different and fresh” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Matador

El Matador
Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
6241570443
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Cuisines: Fusion
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former Matador, Pablo Velez. It boasts Mediterranean Mexican dining. It is in a neighborhood next to the Nun's Hospital. Their Scallopine Marsala is to die for as well as the other items on the menu. Please add this restaurant to your list. I can't imagine why it hasn't been on there as we have been eating there for at least 3 or 4 years.
Leawood, Kansas
1 review
“So different and fresh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

What a perfect evening at El Matador.
Such great tastes of fresh ingredients mixed with cuisine of Mexico and Italy.
A new and different look to elegant in the middle of San Jose.
A very worthwhile experience.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“What a treasure!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Every positive review of this restaurant is true. We decided to give it a try recently during our first visit to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, and I'm glad we did. The restaurant is located on the first floor of a home in a quaint neighborhood, not too far off the main road. The owner/chef is an actual matador who still performs occasionally and lives in the home. Back to the food. Expect greatness and you won't be disappointed. My tuna steak was perfect and their tortilla soup was outstanding. Following our meal, the chef gave us a tour of his kitchen. Friendly staff, interesting menu, great food with an excellent presentation. Don't miss this one! www.elmataorrestaurante.com

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We visited El matador last November and it was amazing, the food is great everything perfectly cooked and the flavors where incredible, you must try the Scallops appetizer it is delicious, you will really enjoy this restaurant, it is probably the best location in Cabo, but you will have a unique experience.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Made with Love (and Garlic)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We had a wonderful passion filled meal at El Matador in San Jose del Cabo recently. The food was flavorful and very generous portions (perhaps just a tad too much garlic in everything) The cocktails were fun and had a great kick. With the open kitchen you got to see the chef's (the matador) cook with his heart to make every dish with love and flavor. A really fun night off the beaten path.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Port Orchard, Washington
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Who would have known??”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

After receiving a tip that EL MATADOR was a good restaurant, we decided to give it a try....and are we ever happy we did! When we arrived, we were the only diners there and wondered if we had made a mistake!! After tasting our dinner, we knew that we had found a very special place and that other travelers need to know about it!
The restaurant has great ambiance, the service was great and very professional, but best of all, the food was fabulous. We watched the chef and former matador personally prepare our dinner of "Chateaubriand" with handmade pasta and perfectly cooked vegetables. I might add that the dinner was also beautifully presented on the plate. Owner, Chef and Matador, Pablo Velez also visited with us at our table making it a night to remember. We visit San Jose often and we will always make a point of going back to EL MATADOR!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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