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“Excellent”
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.
Redmond, Washington
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

Worth taking a taxi to find it. Loved the food and table service. She made salads and some drinks at the table.

Visited February 2014
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Sudbury, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent dining experience”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Six friends had dinner at the El Matador on Febuary 15, 2014. All our food was excellent. Dining in the courtyard was a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. Carlos, a visiting matador who had a lovely voice, sang several beautiful songs from the balcony. Over all it was a great dining experience. This was our second time at El Matador. When we ate there a year ago, my husband informed the owner that it was the best meal he had even eaten in Mexico. They have maintained that great standard this year.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Leslie D
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Lafayette CA
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great evening, very charming”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Dinner last evening was wonderful, very charming restaurant especially the back courtyard. Delicious meal, with beef from the USA so it was very tender and coupled with a wonderful chipolte sauce. Sea bass was amazing. Fun to hear story from the chef/owner and Matador!

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Cheryl3355
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My New Favorite Chef!”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Had an absolutely delightful experience. The sea bass was delicious, simple but perfectly prepared with shallots, tomatoes, herbs, capers and white wine. We ordered the chocolate cake upon arrival because we heard it was one of the best desserts ever. I was skeptical and almost skipped ordering it but the comment the "best ever" teased me into trying it. One bite and we were all saying it really is one of the best desserts ever. Pablo, the Chef and Owner, and Carlos, both bullfighters, surprised us with an impromptu demonstration of the techniques and art of traditional bullfighting and a night of serenading. The service was excellent~a great combination of friendly and professional. It was a perfect evening and a great way to celebrate the last night of a wonderful vacation.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank BannerElkWinery
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Phan Rang-Thap Cham, Vietnam
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Perfecto”
Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Truly a wonderful experience!
A south of the boarder must with a focus on exceeding your expectations!
Ole!

Visited January 2014
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