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“Wonderful food and great fun!”
Review of El Matador

El Matador
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Fusion
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and great fun!”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is the only restaurant where you can have a delicious meal prepared by an actual matador. Pablo's food is truly outstanding and his tales of bull-fighting are fascinating. He just put in a new garden dining area that is beautiful. He makes the best chile relleno (not fried!) that I have ever tasted..and his fish is always fabulous. The food is consistent, delicious and fresh. For a special evening in Mexico, it doesn't get any better than the Matador. I have eaten all over Baja and this is one of the true gems. It takes some work to find it, but it's definitely worth the effort. Don't miss it!

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Cabokat
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Centennial, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Enjoyed the outdoor dining at this location. Food was very tasty although a little pricey. Service was excellent and the chef (a part-time matador was very interesting.

  • Visited December 2013
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2 Thank tompbradley
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St. Albert, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“As Promised”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

This restaurant is located on the other side of the major roadway in San Jose Cabo but is well worth the short cab ride. My rack of lamb was awesome. The chef / owner is right there cooking in the open. Very nice atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank Ken D
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Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

Delicious food, beautiful ambiance, and a warm attentive staff. Highlights include tortilla soup, shrimp, filet, and strawberries jubilee. Do not miss this spot on your next trip to Cabo.

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank Aeligulash
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Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Highest Quality”
Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

This was my second visit to El Matador. The quality of the food and preparation are top notch. The filet was just as good and even better than some top steak houses. Would definitely go back for the amazing food, service, ambiance and conversation with a real matador.

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2 Thank timfrmaustin
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