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El Matador Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, Spanish, Southwestern
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9203 Lee Hwy, Ooltewah, TN 37363-6458
(423) 238-6655
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Other people had told of those place. I wanted to try it out. I ordered a cheese enchilada and was told that since I was ordering an ala carte I would need to pay for the chips and salsa. I agreed. Chips and salsa were ok but I've had much better.

Thank Ruthie M
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

NOW CLOSED!! Food was ok, cheap - nice manager, decent service. Quality and freshness totally inconsistent. This place has recently closed, July 2016,

Thank Michael S
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

My family had been to the establishment before and been back a few times but ever since our last visit we refrained from visiting it. The hot sauce tasted like waterd down ketchup. My food had a side of beans with "cheese" on it. The cheese was obviously cheap packaged pre-sliced kind. Overall the joint is a disaster. Don't go.

Thank kuhldan42
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Set in a corner , the restaurant is easy to get to with plenty of parking. We sat outside, as it was pleasant out. Service was the tiniest bit slow in coming, but we were there during lunch rush. Once it came, though, it was attentive and congenial. We seemed to get a lot more for our money than the... More 

Thank Sandi G
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We live near Ooltewah, and when we choose to go out to a sit-down restaurant close to us, we almost always choose El Matador Mexican Restaurant. The food is great, the service is good, and it is very affordable. My wife and I often split a fajita. If we are feeling in the mood for desert, their fried ice cream... More 

Thank DeltaDiamond
Claremont, New Hampshire
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520 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

While it wasn't the best Mexican I've had, it was decent. The price was great. It was within easy walking distance of where I stayed. I'm glad I went.

Thank dnumme
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

The food was delicious. Friendly staff. Wait time was short. Kid friendly place. Variety of food and in a gpod location. able to see the soccer game while waiting. I would go back if I'm ever in the area.

Thank 155haider
Ontario, Canada
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93 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Came here for a family friends mmeal yesterday, and had a good experience. Food was delicious, and came soon after ordering. Waiter kept a good supply of chips and salsa. Took a while to place our order--not sure where waiter disappeared to... Plenty of good vegetarian & non-veg options. Note: when paying your bill, you need to go to the... More 

Thank Nathalie7077
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

In Chattanooga on business I chose the El Matador because it was super close to my hotel. I arrived was promptly seated and served chips and salsa. The salsa was thin and very bland in taste. I ordered the Fajita Taco Salad as this is my typical go to meal in most Mexican restaurants. The fried shelled meal came on... More 

Thank patknapp123456
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

Took 20 minutes to seat us on a Monday night. Got chips and salsa immediately upon seating but waited 15 minutes before a waiter talked with us. Another 15 minutes to get drinks, after eating salty chips and spicy salsa 30 minutes is rediculous. Service was friendly. Hard shell tacos were soggy. Fagitas were delicious though. Over all not really... More 

Thank Jake E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Spanish, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9203 Lee Hwy, Ooltewah, TN 37363-6458
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Ooltewah
  • Phone Number: (423) 238-6655

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?