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El Matador

Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
+52 624 157 0443
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Overview
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Fusion, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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1 - 10 of 449 reviews

Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

The owner Pablo was very friendly and hospitable. The place was also set up for my birthday, with balloons and piñata. He even set off a confetti canon while we were eating. He showed us his matador cape and bullfighting skills. He even played as...More

Thank J.E. M
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Thank you to let us celebrate your birthday together was geat!!

Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Tuesday night, very quiet only 1 other table was occupied in the courtyard although we had made reservations by email (very quick to respond/confirm!). As other reviews mentioned, the house setting is very quaint, romantic and special. It was a little...More

Thank Catherine B
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

I appreciate your visit specially in summer time when we open only with pevious reservation, thank you so much to take the time to review is, hope you will come hack,

Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

What a hidden gem ! I can’t say enough great things about this restaurant, delicious food, friendly staff and a beautiful atmosphere. They really take pride in all that they do at El Matador. It’s about 2 miles out of town in the middle of...More

Thank Veronica S
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

I am glad everything came good at your table, your recommendation is great, thanks you very much, I hope see you soon.

Reviewed May 27, 2018

We live around half the year in San Jose del Cabo, and dine at El Matador at least once a month. It's our most favorite restaurant in San Jose del Cabo. Pablo runs a very romantic restaurant, with great food and wine. El Matador compares...More

1  Thank tmleede
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2018

Your review is very helpful, certanly wil help many new customers yo reach usted, very nice! Gracias!!

Reviewed May 18, 2018

My husband and I had a very nice meal at the l Matador. I was not crazy about the decor and the margarita was just fair. I can't say we would ever go back. There to many places that are better.

Thank bayareablond
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

Thank you for your visit, I justo do best I can, gracias.

Reviewed May 15, 2018

We ate here on our last night in San Jose. It is literally a house that has been turned into a restaurant. It is quaint and charming and just reminds me so much of what Mexico is when you get out of the typical tourist...More

Thank Alyson P
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

I highly appreciate your review, the restaurant reflects my visits to brave Bulls ranches, your sentiments are greatly appreciated, gracias.

Reviewed May 8, 2018

and well worth the search! My husband and I live five months of the year on East Cape. We were invited by neighbors to join them for dinner in April. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this experience. We dined in the courtyard which is...More

Thank TraceyFogarty
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

Muchas gracias, especially for your effort to come all the way from the east cape, was very nice to meet you,

Reviewed May 2, 2018

We are about to go back for our third trip over the past two months. On each previous visit, I've had the Avocado Gazpacho ... it's really different and flavorful. The fish dishes are consistently well presented and tasty. My wife and a friend split...More

Thank RobandMaryAlice
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2018

Thank you very much for your visit, we hope to see you again soon. All the best for you.

Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Pablo and his wonderful team provide a fantastic experience! Do not miss this gem of a restaurant- even if you are staying in Cabo San Lucas, it is well worth the trip - in fact it is particularly worth the trip since El Matador is...More

Thank jrp31
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Fabulous description! Thank you very much for your contributions. If you allow us to complement, you can check our location on the internet, social networks and website, because as they describe, we are not located in the tourist corridor. Thank you for your visit, receive...More

Reviewed April 26, 2018

We just stayed another week in San Jose Del Cabo and we spent two nights at our favorite restaurant. This is the best: 1) the food is great with a good combination of fish and meat plates. Pablo has created several dishes which combine the...More

Thank Antonio M
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Two nights in a week! there are no words to thank, it is wonderful to know that you have spent pleasant moments with us. Of course we are waiting for you soon.

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dagwood1574
April 25, 2018|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Hello!, We do not have a printed kids menu but we can prepare something special, for example pasta in tomato sauce, alfredo or butter and parmesan. How about some fish fingers and french fries?
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Nancy P
April 6, 2018|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Your reservation is confirmed Nancy. An apology for the inconveniences. Gracias!
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Ccavaz67
April 5, 2018|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
hello! you are welcome tonight, your reservation is confirmed. We are still working on the website, an apologize.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Sur  >  Los Cabos  >  San Jose del Cabo
  • Phone Number: +52 624 157 0443
Description
To all our clients we want to inform you that due the low season, from August 15th to September 31st, this restaurant opens its doors only with reservation of at least one day in advance and for groups of 4 or more people. If you already have a confirmed reservation within this time, do not worry, your reservation is still active, it will be a pleasure to receive it. Thank you! 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. This
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