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“¡OLÉ! ¡Magnífico!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Matador

The Matador
2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
206-297-2855
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Ranked #458 of 3,490 Restaurants in Seattle
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Matador serves fresh Tex-Mex cuisine and premium tequilas in an inviting, social atmosphere with amber lighting and unique, hacienda-inspired décor.
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“¡OLÉ! ¡Magnífico!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

I liked everything about this restaurant. The food, the atmosphere, and the service were all excellent. It had a little twist on the traditional Mexican flavors which I'm used to eating, but it just added to the experience. The bacon wrapped jalapeños were excellent as was the Matador Burrito. I'd definitely eat there again.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Overpriced and Overspiced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Since there was a wait for the table, our table of 5 waited in the bar. My boyfriend ordered a beer and then we were seated right after. The waiteress took our drinks at the table, and brought back everyones but my boyfriends. After talking to the waitress about the beer situation, he still had to wait another 10 minutes.

We ordered our food and it came out in a timely manner. However, the food was SO overspiced that it a) the food itself (steak and fish) was wayyy overpowered by the spice and b) was too hot and not worth eating! I like spice and flavor and have a good tolerance, but this was ridiculous.

Additionally,we ordered a second margarita during the meal... and it still did not come...even when we got the check... so we asked the waitress to take the 2nd margarita off the check....

Food was not worth the price or the service...

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Woodstock, Maryland
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116 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“The Matador in the Ballard area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

After exploring the Ballard locks, salmon run and the lovely gardens, we were hungry for anything.
The Matador was a great find for two very hungry people.
Authentic Tex Mex in Seattle, some of the best since El Paso, TX. and Messilla, N.M.
The large bar and the large selection was a wonder.

  • Visited July 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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Seattle, Washington
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39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Our go-to Tex Mex place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Great Tex/Mex food at good prices. Menu specials are always worth checking out. The only thing we don't like about Matador is that it tends to get WAY TOO LOUD at certain times (the kind of times when crowds of people drink too much and start yelling instead of conversing) But that doesn't stop us from returning again and again ...

Visited July 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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73 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Love this spot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

This was a local of mine when I lived in Seattle and I still miss the Matador! Fantastic food and happy hour specials. Really great atmosphere. Beautiful decor and attentive staff. A great spot in a vibrant district of Seattle.

Visited August 2011
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