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“The Secret is Out!”
Review of El Matador

El Matador
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Fusion
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: To all our clients we want to inform you that due the low season, from August 15th to September 31st, this restaurant opens its doors only with reservation of at least one day in advance and for groups of 4 or more people. If you already have a confirmed reservation within this time, do not worry, your reservation is still active, it will be a pleasure to receive it. Thank you! 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. This
Reviewed March 29, 2013

On a recommendation from our Concierge, we took a 30 minute taxi ride to this cozy, wonderful and magnificent restaurant in an unassuming section San Jose. Fantastic coconut shrimp appetizers followed by tasty lamb chops, and sea bass for entrees were seasoned to perfection with first class presentation. Chef/Owner/"Matador" visited our table to greet us and make sure the meal was to our liking. We were very impressed by the food, décor, and friendly service. A must stop for a fine dinner!

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Tried El Matador for the first time just last night.....great food and experience.
We both had the filet....as good as in the US, In a Steak House.....and 29.00. Includes veggies and potatoes.

The restaurant is in a residential area and a little hard to find...it is in a two story home with tables outside and inside........you will need directions, but worth the effort.

Most items are 20.00 tp 30.00....sea bass 24.00 , jumbo shrimp 23.00......excellent restaurant

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Lets just say that I have not been one to write reviews in the past, but this being one of a few really great times that we had in San Jose, it is well worth noting. The meal was outstanding, the casual yet fine dining was very enjoyable, and the hospitality was simply over the top. Do not be discouraged because the kept secret is a little off the beaten path that the other restaurants are on. We ate at several other places in the Centro district, which were all very good, but you should take the time to try this one too, even if you have to jump a cab it is well worth the few minute drive. Hopefully your evening will be as fun as ours was, and if he has time you should say hello to Puablo the Chef/Owner as he is very delightful to listen to.
Brett, NS, Canada

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2  Thank brett s
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Superb food,excellent staff. Chef brilliant,what more can I say. We had a brilliant evening, highly recommend
a visit or maybe more.

Thank Susan J
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Our group was welcomed here on our trip to Cabo for a bachelorette last April. We had a fanatistic dinner and highly recommend everyone try this restaurant when visiting the area. It isn't in the old part of San Jose del Cabo but get a taxi to tske you here because it's worth making the trip. The owner is the chef and he has incredible stories from when he was a matador. Enjoy!

Thank Meghann C
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