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“Lamb was phenomenal!”
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
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“Lamb was phenomenal!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

Located in somewhat of a sketchy neighborhood...but the food is world class. The restaurant is the owner's home which has been converted into a restaurant, space is limited so make sure you make reservations.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Marcus J
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“A wonderful finale to our trip to San Jose Cabo, Mexico”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

Our last night in San Joae Cabo was spent dining here with friends at El Matador. The atmospere is that of dining in a beautiful Mexican home. The owner prepared us a delicious meal of seafood, and steak that melted in your mouth. He then gave us a presentation of matador skills using his cape and sword. What a memorable evening. Please go and enjoy this amazing experience!!!! Colleen B.

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2 Thank ColleenB567
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A real find!”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I have been to this great find many times and ave never been disappointed. Excellent food prepared by Pablo (the owner); it is like being in a lovely dining room in someone's home. Service is friendly and efficient. Try the coconut prawns, sea bass, ravioli! This is NOT a tourist trap!

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3 Thank Mary M
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Jacksonville, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“AWESOME”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

We were lounging by the pool and one couple said we should go to some other restaurant in San Jose. I looked it up and it had a horrible rating. Looked at the top of the list and there was El Matador. We went on the Monday after Easter and the place was rather empty. Everything changed when we started to get our food. Both soups were fantastic and the tuna starter was wonderful. My wife had the best ravioli of her life. I asked the waitress about her favorite and she recommended the lamb which was wonderful as well. Desserts didn't disappoint either. Highly recommend this place for fantastic wait staff and wonderful food!

  • Visited April 2013
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4 Thank Derek S
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The Secret is Out!”
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!

  • Visited March 2013
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3 Thank Macman211
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