We've been to San Jose 14 times and to El Matador 5 times. It is the best restaurant in San Jose, bar none. We take our guests there for a special treat each visit and they always love it. For starters we shared 6 gigantic coconut shrimp (very coconutty with a maple syrup sauce) or raw tuna with capers and onions, which we put on French bread. We shared 2 bottles of Mexican cabernet (inexpensive, as good as the alternatives). The 4 of us shared a tableside Caesar salad. My wife and I each had a fillet, more than we could eat, but exactly medium rare as we ordered it, and very tender of course. Our friend had a strip steak, cut to order from a massive piece of meat, and weighed, and he ate it all. His wife had the shrimp entree--also excellent. We were too full to order the chocolate cake, which we love. We ate outdoors and chatted with our neighbors. Pablo came by and thanked us for coming. He is a real gentleman. This is a real place to go to celebrate. With above meal it was 78 usd for each before tip. Taxis will take you, give you their telephone number for return as they are glad for the business. About $10 from downtown for 4 on good roads. Don't miss it.
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