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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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East Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with another family and there were 9 of us all together. When our friends called for a reservation, they had not intended to be open the evening we went, but they opened just for us! First of all, don't be alarmed when you drive up, it's really in a home! It was such a unique and memorable experience,... More 

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Thank Azgirl011
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to serve such a wonderful family, gracias. More 

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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

A Unique hidden hacienda restaurante that tantilizes the taste buds while the service wraps you in a warm blanket of gratitude and hospitality. The table side ceaser was on point, the tuna was perfect, and the atmosphere was authentic and relaxing. We will visit again.

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Thank aj0112
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

It is very rewarding when our customers find what we have been trying to do, muchas gracias. More 

Dallas, Texas, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

My boyfriend and I had the privilege of celebrating our birthdays recently at El Matador. It was one of those experiences that encompasses all of the four senses (plus a few more). First of all, the place is beautiful. Pablo Veliz is an artist on so many levels and this is evident in every aspect of the restaurant. Actually, it's... More 

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

When our customers have the sensibility to put attention with detail to our work and is expressed like this beautiful review give us the energy to keep going, muchas gracias. More 

Bellevue, Washington
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120 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This is the second time reviewing this restaurant, but just had to rave about the Chateaubriand I shared with my daughter for dinner. I used to think beef in Mexico was very tough, but this piece of meat was the very best I have ever had. Seating is in an open aired patio at the rear of the restaurant with... More 

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pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We appreciate your your visit and your support on Tripadvisor. We would like to see you soon! Regards! More 

Dallas
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to celebrate a milestone birthday with 30 friends and family on hand to help . From the time I contacted Pablo about holding the dinner at his restaurant, I could not have had a more helpful and attentive host ! Nothing was too much trouble, from reviewing the menu with me, to setting up the... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

It was very enjoyable experience to served you and share magical moments with you, gracias. Pablo. More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

It's been a while since I have visited The Matador. I attended a large birthday party there in May and was very impressed. The atmosphere, food, service, attention to detail has sursprised my expectations.The restaurant has always been a lovely place to spend a romantic evening but the new outdoor patio was enchanting. Pablo's attention to detail and personal supervision... More 

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

Thank you so much! We enjoy so much as you did it, and that you have desires to return makes us very happy. Now, the works of repaving in our street have finished, surely your next visit will be even better. We wait for you. Regards! More 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

it had been a couple of years since we spent an evening at el matador... not for any reason other than it had sort of fallen off our radar. as cabo locals, occasionally we'd hear the place was dead or that prices had gone up, neither of which had actually transpired when we recently returned to the greatness that is... More 

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

Wow! Your review is incredibly detailed and complete. Thank you very much for your support in tripadvisor and to offer information of usefulness to the travelers. We are happy because the work of repaving in our street has finished, so We can offer to our visitors a better party dinner experience still. Much more relaxed and enjoyable! We look forward... More 

Alexandra, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

The food was great and the setting perfect for 30 friends to celebrate a birthday. Food, service and very friendly staff made for a memorable night.

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Thank Pete H
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

It is our pleasure that you have chosen us for this great celebration and you have enjoyed our service. Thank you very much! We look forward to your next visit. More 

Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

Sea bass was wonderful! Tuna carpaccio seasoned with balsamic very tasty ! The guys split the Chateaubriand and were thrilled! Loved the music and singing by a matador! The owner let us try on his jackets and hold his cape! Great evening and atmosphere! We will definitely go back !

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you, friends! We look forward to your next visit! More 

Indianapolis, IN
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This place is always at the top of our list. We always seem to get the octopus, french onion soup, filet, and sea bass...and it always seems to be delicious. If you ask Pablo to get out his Matador cape, he will put on a show for you. He is so passionate about it and definitely lives for his art.... More 

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Thank Tom H
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Oh! I really appreciate your comments, that's right, I live for bullfighting and gastronomy, and to share it with people. We love that you can find at this place some details that can touch your sensibility. We meet in your following visit! Regards! 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?