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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
6241570443
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former Matador,...
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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  • 8
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Fun Dining at El Matador

My wife, daughter and I had dinner at El Matador on 2/1/16. We started by sharing a large bowl of tortilla soup that was very good. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio to go with our meal (actually 2). I had the lobster tail, my wife had the chicken mole and my daughter had tequila shrimp. All... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Lee F
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Medford, Oregon
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Medford, Oregon
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife, daughter and I had dinner at El Matador on 2/1/16. We started by sharing a large bowl of tortilla soup that was very good. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio to go with our meal (actually 2). I had the lobster tail, my wife had the chicken mole and my daughter had tequila shrimp. All 3 dishes... More 

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Thank Lee F
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this gem last year. Couldn't wait to get back. It was just as I remember. Great food, ambiance and impeccable service. Well worth a visit if you are in San Jose.

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

Thanks a lot for comming back and having this place in mind in every visit. We are always happy to serve you! More 

Milwaukee, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was great. A quaint and classy setting in a house with delicious food and excellent service. My husband (who is allergic to all seafood) had the tortilla soup and the New York steak. He said the steak, which he selected table-side from a large loin, was in his top 3 EVER (and he is hard to please!). I had... More 

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Thank Lisa M
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Oh! I remember you Lisa, I attended to your table personally. Thank you for your visit, we are very satisfied of covering your expectations. I can suggest also for your next visit the grilled rack of lamb. Regards! Brenda Vélez. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden on a side street in San Jose, El Matador is a dining experience not to missed. Nothing in the Cabo area matches the ambience, service, food and value that Pablo and his staff offer. From being seated in the beautiful courtyard, to the guacamole as an appetizer, to the generous margaritas, the main course (incredible ravioli for me, veal... More 

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1 Thank Teri N
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

In every way we look for your happiness, it is our focus like a team. Thank you for sharing your experience and recommending our restaurant. We hope to see you soon again. More 

San Jose del Cabo
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had Pablo cook for a birthday celebration in our home. It was a delicious meal- he started with tuna tartare and a wonderful scallop appetizer, followed by great tortilla soup, an incredible beef filet served with chipotle sauce over gorgonzola mashed potatoes and finished with a warm chocolate cake with vanilla icecream...YMMMMM

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Thank Bajasenora
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had Pablo come into our family's house for a private dinner for 8. It was a very easy process from the initial contact, arrival, cooking, service and cleanup. They did it all!!! The menu was planned with the birthday man's tastes considered. We had amazing appetizers, tortilla soup, an amazing beef tenderloin and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice... More 

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Thank Stephanie L
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a find!! This place has great atmosphere and exceptional food! Did not expect it to be this good, will definitely be back!

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Thank Mary Ann S
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate last night at "El Matador" and not only did we have a delicious meal (steak and veal) but was an incredible experience! Pablo came out and showed us his cape and bullfighter jacket (which we also put on for pictures), the singer was fabulous, and it was truly a delightful evening!

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Thank Scott M
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

I hope see you soon. It was a great time sharing some bullfighting techniques with you! More 

philadelphia
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a nite. Fantastic ambience, food and you get to really hang out with a real Matador. As much as I love animals, this sport is difficult for me to swallow. But, I can assure you the food will not be. The Coconut shrimp appetizer is not only the largest shrimp I have ever encountered, but by far the best... More 

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

I have read your review again and again with the happiness of which you dedicate your time for so many lines, sharing your pleasure. Thank you for the meticulous description, it comforts me that the effort in every detail, from the gastronomy up to the architecture and ambience, they are giving the fruit of staying in your memory and preference.... More 

Duluth, Minnesota
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pablo the owner and The Matador, couldn't of been nicer! The food was great, we had a group of seven and all enjoyed their meals! Very reasonable! We were lucky enough to be there when Pablo's daughter, a professional Flamingo dancer and her group were performing, what added BONUS! Pablo performed his "matador" for us, with his cape included! Both... More 

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1 Thank Rick H
pabloelmatador, Gerente at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! We appreciate very much your comments. It is wonderful to share our passion for art and gastronomy with you. More 

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Restaurant Details

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: 6241570443

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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