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El Matador Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 stars 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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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars 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
Decatur, Texas
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55 reviews
26 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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193 reviews
181 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
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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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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, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?