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“Outstanding Service and Atmosphere” 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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
Pickering, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding Service and Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

The food was outstanding. I did not expect to find fine Italian dining in this little tourist town but I was plesantly surprised. We had the lamb and the steak they where excellent. The qualitiy of the cuts where excellent and the presentation and taste was unique. The staff was plesant without being overbearing. I would go back again.

Visited May 2013
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Joliet, IL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Beautiful Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Dinner at El Matador is in a beautiful house occupied by the restaurant owner and chef. You can watch you meal being prepared with a view from your table of the open kitchen. The food was fantastic and the owner took us for a tour of the kitchen after we were finished with our meal and introduced us to his uncle and brother who work in the kitchen with him. This was a very relaxing experience.

Visited January 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Deserves its number 1 rating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Four of us had dinner here. Very nice, new outdoor courtyard with soothing fountain. Young serving staff was very attentive. We had the only Mexican bottle of wine (and the least expensive) on the wine list: XA Vinos Domcq ($ 18 usd). For appetizers we had grilled sizzling octopus (outstanding), 2 Caesar salads made at table side, and very flavorful tortilla soup. For entrees we had 2 fillets, cooked exactly to our specifications, rack of lamb with subtle light mint sauce, seared on outside, little fat; and a NY strip steak which was cut table side to desired thickness from a large piece and weighed; nicely marbled, flavorful beef taste--all excellent. Sides of potato puree, with asparagus, beet, squash, carrot. Save room for desert: key lime pie layered, with just the right amount of tartness; strawberry flambé like a cream, very light and fresh tasting; molten chocolate cake worth the 10 minute wait for them to bake it--very chocolaty (a chocoholic's dream)-- with ice cream cream. With coffee, wine and all, average cost for the 4 of us was $ 59 usd.

  • Visited May 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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Michigan
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33 restaurant reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Fabulous Dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Just wanted to add my glowing review to all of the other excellent reviews. We had a large group of 20 which occupied the main floor interior. Chef Pablo Velez did an excellent job and even flashed his Matador cape for us in demonstration of his form! The service was lovely. We highly recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited April 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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Austin, Texas, United States
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“# 1 Restaurant in Los Cabos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

My wife and I were recently in Los Cabos again....on our last night we called the restaurant and got reservations. We were greeted warmly by Sondra and seated.....The chef Pablo Velez came by to say hello and to explain several of his recommendations.....The dinner , wine , and postres (dessert) were excellent....I can see why this was the # 1 restaurant in this area.......

  • Visited April 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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