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El Matador Restaurant

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Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Denton, Texas
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We LOVE El Matador. It's our favorite Tex Mex place in Denton and that is saying something!! Their chips and homemade salsa really hit the TexMex spot! The margaritas, fajitas, enchiladas, queso are some of our favorites. We have had them cater events for us too and it is always a success. Reasonably priced and quick service. Don't miss it!

Thank Mwhite2
Dallas, Texas
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every time we go to Denton, this is a must stop to eat place. It is in a shopping center very close to Texas Womens University (TWU) and University of North Texas (UNT). The first impressions from the exterior in the parking lot are not impressive, but inside the waiters/waitresses are incredible with suggestions and are very friendly. The food... More 

Thank sswas1
Denton, Texas
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We've been going to El Matador for over 20 years, simply put great Tex-mex. service is outstanding, ask for Pablo, he's the best. We bust there often for evening meal.

Thank Basstraveler1
Decatur, Texas
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

The food is always good and the service is excellent. I have eaten here many time over the years and I have never been disappointed.

Thank ATexasNative
Boyd, Texas
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190 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Nondescript establishment in a large strip center, excellent service and the food was wonderful. There were four of us, we all had something different, everything was good, I had the Tamales, some of the best I have had in years. This is the place to get good solid Tex-Mex food

Thank B52Gunner
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

El Matador is our most favorite restaurant in Denton with excellent Tex-Mex food. They are quite busy on the weekends; however, they are very efficient and the wait is usually not very long. My favorite is the Suizas Enchiladas.

Thank Janell S
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Still on the search for quality Tex-Mex in Denton. Ok service and ok food. The margarita tasted like an off-brand performance drink.

Thank Darin F
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

We had an early mother's day lunch today at El Matador Restauraunt just want to say the food was delicious, service excellent and margaritas were good. Very nice atmosphere :-)!!! I recommend this place to anyone.

Thank bbbsisco
Ft. Worth, TX
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

EM is our weekly go-to dinner outing. Tacos al Carbon are always our fav! The service, the atmosphere, always a feel good night with friends. We've been regulars for about 14 years!

Thank jagill71
Bloomington, Illinois
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

I've heard the margaritas are good (I don't drink) but the food is decidely ordinary. Mazatlan further east on University is way better.

Thank Julia W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Denton
  • Phone Number: 940-387-1137

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?