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El Matador Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Spanish, Southwestern
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720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant is always dependable for good food and service. We have been eating there for years. The crispy beef tacos are my favorite, along with the beef enchiladas.

Thank Dixie76201
Denton, Texas
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Have always had a good meal there. Large menu with lots of mis-spelled words :-) Good staff and the food usually comes out fast & hot.

Thank davel622016
Gainesville, Texas
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Their food is exceptionally good and staff are always great! I highly recommend! They also have great specials that are very good. Good size portions too.

Thank Sandy41268
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Stopped through on the way to Galveston. Great food, great service, great prices!!! I had the pork street tacos and they were authentic and so flavorful! I would definitely eat here again

Thank TBrigham
Denton, Texas
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

In an area with many good TexMex restaurants, El Matador is easily my favorite. The decor isn't fancy but the food is outstanding, the portions are generous, and the service friendly and efficient. It is in a strip mall on Highway 380 (University Drive) so there is acres of free parking in front. Go easy on the chips and salsa... More 

Thank BluesBiker56
Denton, United States
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

A bit seedy on the outside but great food on the inside and the price is right. I'll stick with it until a Mexican five-star comes along.

Thank Buzz W
Denton, Texas, United States
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I love margaritas, but the one here was loaded with alcohol (too much). I did make it back to the car, but went to bed as soon as I got home. Food was only adequate.

Thank Luanne T
Denton, Texas
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Mexican, Spanish, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?