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“Who would have known??” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Matador

El Matador
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former Matador, Pablo Velez. It boasts Mediterranean Mexican dining. It is in a neighborhood next to the Nun's Hospital. Their Scallopine Marsala is to die for as well as the other items on the menu. Please add this restaurant to your list. I can't imagine why it hasn't been on there as we have been eating there for at least 3 or 4 years.
Port Orchard, Washington
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Who would have known??”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

After receiving a tip that EL MATADOR was a good restaurant, we decided to give it a try....and are we ever happy we did! When we arrived, we were the only diners there and wondered if we had made a mistake!! After tasting our dinner, we knew that we had found a very special place and that other travelers need to know about it!
The restaurant has great ambiance, the service was great and very professional, but best of all, the food was fabulous. We watched the chef and former matador personally prepare our dinner of "Chateaubriand" with handmade pasta and perfectly cooked vegetables. I might add that the dinner was also beautifully presented on the plate. Owner, Chef and Matador, Pablo Velez also visited with us at our table making it a night to remember. We visit San Jose often and we will always make a point of going back to EL MATADOR!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PortOrchardposting
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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review, April 14, 2016
Across the years, we continue in the effort to deliver the better service. Thank you for your valuable contribution. We wait for you soon!
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
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130 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Underrated Ranking; Read the reviews!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Four of us went for dinner--our 9th vacation trip to San Jose. It was busy, with 2 waitresses serving at least 5 large tables. Worth looking for. If you give the address to the taxi driver, he'll know where to go and probably pick you up at a designated time for return. Route 1 towards the airport from San Jose, turn left on Pescador, 5 or so blocks beyond.
We had chateaubriand for 2, a filet mignon, and sea bass--all excellent. All about $25-30 USD each. Excellent tortilla soup, better and more spicy than at 2 other restaurants. All food made to order, including Caesar salad at table side. We sat at the table nearest the kitchen and watched Pablo cook--extremely interesting. He told us how he became a chef after being a bull fighter, in response to our questioning. Some of his friends stood opposite the grill and talked to him while he cooked. Chocolate ganache baked after ordered (30 minutes) with ice cream on the side. Mexican key lime pie also excellent.
We agree with all the great reviews about the chef, the service, the food, the ambience, and the "worth-looking-for" comments. Read them in Trip Advisor. Value of the food and the experience is definitely worth the moderate price. Many more expensive restaurants can't touch the value of this experience.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank bugdr11
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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review, April 14, 2016
We continue building up experiences and conversations of kitchen bar. Thank you for this great review, makes me go back in memories.
Regards!
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california
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Truly Delicious!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming to San Jose del Cabo for 28 years. El Matador is probably one of the best restaurants in the area. It is tucked away in a residential neighborhood. You are in for a treat as everything is hands down delicious. As an appetizer we had the coconut shrimp, and grilled octopus. Then table side prepared Caesar Salad. Mains were Stuffed Poblano Chile with shrimp, and Veal Scallopini. We will be back before we leave!!

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2 Thank iluvtotravel007
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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review, April 15, 2016
The whole team of El Matador send you greetings!
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“A must go to restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

The most AMAZING restaurant!
The ambiance is incredible!
The food is off the charts! The owner/chef (a former professional matador) treats you like a guest in his home!
We dine here EVERY time we go to Cabo...it's that good!
A place NOT to be missed!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LagunaGirl1987
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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review, April 20, 2016
Thank you very much! We are really late with this answer but I don't want to miss the opportunity to be grateful with you. The team of El Matador restaurant send you Greetings!
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Fort Worth, Texas
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Well done!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2012

Getting there was a little shaky and it's not much from the outside but the atmosphere is perfect. The Matadoer chef is terrific! Food was fabulous. The Matador visited with us after dinner for an extended period. He is very charming and interesting. Can't wait to return.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MarookaTexas
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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review, April 22, 2016
Dear customer,
I want to be grateful for your supporting all this years. It would be a great pleasure to see you again next season.
Best regards!
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