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“The best in San Jose”
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 May 23, 2014

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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Reviewed May 20, 2014

I can only say... wow. This place is amazing and it was the best dinner we had in Los Cabos.
The place is cute and romantic. Sitting in the garden next to the fountain was a great choice. The place is run by the family. Paolo, the owner, a real matador was just on his way to bull fights in teh country and gave us a short, private demonstration.
You can feel his passion for both, the chef as the matador. Creative, intense, fiery, focused.
The wine list is a perfect match to the menu... not too extensive.. just right.
The menu gives you a hard time... everything is great and its really hard to choose.

We had the Scallops Bourguinon. My wife is not the biggest scallops fan, but after this preparation, she was sold... nicely baked in garlic-butter in a small pot with a breaded cap... they are soaked with intense flavor. The rack of lamb prepared perfectly and juicy en point.

Desserts are not too sweet and flavorful.

This place is awarded in Cabo San Lucas as one of the best places for a very very good reason. A place not to miss when you in the area

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Reviewed May 12, 2014

I love everything about El Matador these days! The filet mignon with the chipotle gravy and mashed potatoes is magnificent!
The courtyard with the lawn under the tables and poolside ambience with the singing fountain all make it a spectacular choice for dinner out! Service is great as well ...cannot say enough about this restaurant located in the neighborhood of the Chamizal....

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

My corporate group was dazzled by its experience at El Matador. The atmosphere and food were splendid and El Matador himself was the highlight of the night.

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pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Just to say hello and remind you that it is always a pleasure to attend to you, we hope to see you again.

I take the opportunity to tell you that we have new dishes on our menu, surely you will love it.

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Reviewed May 4, 2014

We celebrated our 46 year together here and as an unexpected treat we met Pablo who used his sword and cape to demonstrate his artistic and classic style of being a Matador. This was one of the best meals we ever had. My Lamb Shank was better than any, including Osso Buco, anywhere in the world. The uniforms the waitress' used were very fitting and made you feel right at home. This was our first time here but will surely return many times over the coming years.

Out Hats off to a spectacular job and many thanks to Pablo for his kindness.

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pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Just to say hello and remind you that it is always a pleasure to attend to you, we hope to see you soon.

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