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El Matador

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Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
526241570443
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Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The service and food are exceptional at this hidden treasure. It's only open for dinner and a reservation is recommended. The owner was a matador and has his costumes on display. The history of the restaurant is very interesting as well, it's been built onto multiple times.

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The owner, host make this a very special evening. You are invited into his home, which is also a restaurant and escorted to a private, secluded patio to dine. Only a few tables out here so your experience is very personal. The food is grade A quality. The steak, superb as well as every other delectable morsel we ate. Enricke... More 

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Thank Jgreiling
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much, specially to mention Enrique certainly he is a professional and a great guy, I am so glad to see that our place have make you feel something different and enrich your culinary experiences, we have enjoy your visit too, muchas gracias. Pablo. More 

Austin, Texas
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254 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for that "off the beaten path" and/or "special little restaurant"? You just found it. We made a reservation for a Monday night in the slow season. We were met at the door by Pablo and welcomed by name. In fairness, we were literally the only guests that night, so our name was obvious. However, such a situation can go... More 

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Thank Russell P
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

I love the detail of your review; make our effort very pleasant, muchas gracias. Pablo. More 

Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting Cabo for a business trip, I and my business associates visited El Matador. Pablo & his wife were amazing!! The food was the best I've ever tasted! He took time to tell us his life as a true Matador, even let us put on his Matador equipment. A truly unforgettable experience. His restaurant has a very nice boutique... More 

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Thank MikeR_FL
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

It was a great time with you! We are happy that you have enjoyed your dinner party with us and we really appreciate your support in Trip Advisor. But the most valuable thing, it is that you allow us to share with you the art of the bullfighting and our passion for the gastronomy. Thank you very much! More 

mty
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71 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is truly delicious but the place wasn't crowded and still the service was slow. Prices are high for the standard in the area.

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Thank Fer E
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and review, I am glad the food was good, about Price I follow the philosophy or 33% food cost market Price that means if cost to produce a plate is $10.00 I sale it to $30.00 In our cuisine style we use the best products possible we can purchase and the best products... More 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! Just an amazing experience. Excellent baby scallops in cute little cups. Amazing caesar salad made table-side from scratch. And probably the best filet mignon and fresh fish combo I have ever had. I highly recommend you add El Matador to your schedule!! Plus service is amazing!!!

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Thank rcmotter
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much, your sensibility and appreciation of our product make us feel that we are in the right way, muchas gracias. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Charming restaurant with excellent food and service. A little off the beaten path, but, worth it. Small restaurant, so, call for reservation. Seafood and steaks, a speciality. Recently reopened, the enterprise is owned by Señor Velez, renowned Mexican matador, who oversees your dining experience.

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Thank lorianduriel
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

We are grateful for your visit and your comments to the travelers. We open for this new season and we are ready to receive you with our better effort. We hope to see you in many occasions more. Enjoy Cabo! Regards! More 

Yorba Linda, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Matador was recommended by our friends as their go to place whenever they're in Cabo. Typically you will need a reservation because the place is always packed. By chance I called on Thursday late afternoon 8/25 to see if they were open as many restaurants shut down in the summer. Pablo, a real matador and the restaurant owner, answered... More 

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Thank Tom W
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

We feel so lucky of opening our doors to receive you. Thank you for recommending our restaurant that we support with great detail and passion. We are very satisfied of that our effort is valuable and you had a memorable party. We expect to serve you soon. Gracias! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great meal and experience. The food was a true hit with our group of 10. The atmosphere is worth going all by itself. Thanks again for Pablo for a perfect and authentic experience.

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pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit, we are happy you were satisfied with our service. We look forward to your next time with us. Regards! More 

Chino, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Fabulous restaurant owned and operated by a real matador. Pablo was wonderful in explaining his passion for the art of bull fighting. The food was perfect.....very fresh....and beautifully presented. We felt honored to have had the experience to dine at El Matador.

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Thank smartwmn
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Dear customer, than you for take your time and make your review here, I appreciate the interest that you had have in the theme, comforts us to know that our restaurant could satisfy, muchas gracias. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Mediterranean, Fusion
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
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: 526241570443
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?