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El Matador Restaurant

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720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Very Good Mexican food!

This is a great place that has consistently good Mexican food. This is my wife's favorite Mexican restaurant in Denton.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tracy B
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place that has consistently good Mexican food. This is my wife's favorite Mexican restaurant in Denton.

Thank Tracy B
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great and the price isn't outrageous. The parking is bad, but the food makes up for it. We go here at least once a month

Thank Leona D
Denton, Texas
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I have been eating at El Matador for over 20 years. Most of us are vegetarians and they have been quite accommodating. Recently we discovered that the Mexican Rice on their Vegetarian Menu is made with Chicken Stock. In addition to being on the vegetarian menu, waitstaff has told us over and over that there was no... More 

1 Thank Brendan1969
Denton, Texas
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been coming to El Matador for years. It's our favorite local Tex-Mex restaurant, hands down. Favorite meals include the Suizas Enchiladas, Chicken and Bacon Flautas, and any of the tacos. The food usually comes out quickly. Even Friday when they're busier than usual, the wait is not too long. Great food and affordable too. You can't go wrong with... More 

Thank jayares2015
Dallas, Texas
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130 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very good food and excellent lunch pricing - what year is it? Thought the food was better than most Mexican restaurants. Although, I wouldn't put it in the frequent visit column, it does merit being in the restaurant rotation. Clean location, with good service, and decent atmosphere. Everyone's tastes differ so I could see it being a five for a... More 

Thank bprsurf
Delft, The Netherlands
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

If you want to try some authentic mexican food, this is the perfect place to visit then. Ambience is ok but servers are amicable and service is fast. Price is good as well.

Thank rahulsharma38
Aubrey, Texas
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110 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

I visited for the first time and had the green enchiladas! Wow they were delicious and just the right amount of spice! Our waiter was very friendly and the service was great.The only disappointment was the cheese dip which was like water. The waiter noticed we didn't touch it and took it off our bill without us having to ask.... More 

Thank Drtamaragrosz
Denton, Texas, United States
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49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

I remember El Matador from a long time ago. First on Sunset, then another place or two. The food has always been fine. For a while, they were the only Mexican restaurant in town serving real chicken breast in any of their entrees. I haven't checked many others, lately. But, sometime fairly recently, all their offerings stepped up a notch.... More 

Thank Linda T
Denton, Texas
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134 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We had lived here for years before we went with friends to "El Mat." The restaurant is located in a run down strip center, so not appealing from the inside. I'm glad we went, because we've been back several times. The food is good and priced right! The margaritas are yummy as are the sopapillas, served hot with a jar... More 

Thank SpikeRudy
Houston, Texas
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63 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Good salsa, chimichangas, enchiladas, margaritas and prices. Nice interior. It was very quiet mid-afternoon. Only complaint - food was not hot. We'll go again.

Thank Terry77079

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 720 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201-1890
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Denton
  • Phone Number: 940-387-1137

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: 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

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