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“Fantastic Spanish Tapas” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Matador Tapas Bar - CLOSED

Matador Tapas Bar
Price range: $8 - $23
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Gold Coast, Australia
1 review
“Fantastic Spanish Tapas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

While on holiday, my family decided to visit this restuarant following the good reviews on this site. The food was very tasty and the paella was great! I would recommend this place for anyone looking for great value and tasting tapas and incredible customer service!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank amandaxpoppy11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Rating summary
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Auckland
Level Contributor
36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Disappointing & Expensive”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

After reading the reviews on this site we were perhaps expecting a little too much from this tiny restaurant. Eschewing the "set menu" of tapas, we (a family of three) chose instead from the menu. The 14yr old chose Nachos, which were unavailable so substituted with Spaghetti Bolognese, Husband ordered the steak and I had the prawn salad.
The food can only be described as ordinary at best. The steak was OK, the Spaghetti Bolognese was dry, under seasoned and not particularly flavoursome while the prawn salad at $18 was overpriced with only four prawns on shredded iceberg with tomatoes.
We did suggest that four prawns didn't really constitute a prawn salad and two more prawns were duly delivered.
All in all, a really substandard experience.

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2 Thank Stylegirl35
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Roberto O, Owner at Matador Tapas Bar, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Hola Stylegirl35,

First of all, thank you for coming to my restaurant. However I think you come to the wrong place. After you reading all my customers' reviews you came to a spanish restaurant order Nachos(Bolognese)($18),steak($18) and king prawn salad($18). We offer more than 25 spanish dishes on my menu. I was really disappointed as well when I took your order, as none of dishes you ordered were spanish food. I have those dishes on my menu just to accommodate a group of people as not everyone wants to order spanish food. Why you come to a spanish restaurant order steak, nacho and king prawn salad???? If none of your family want to order spanish food why you come to a spanish restaurant???

Btw you should mention it is king prawn salad not prawn salad. Please go to supermarket check the price between of kind prawn and prawn and then write your comment. About the value of money, I believe all my repeated customers already wrote in the reviews why they keep coming back.

There are more than 30 Italian restaurants and steak houses in surfers. i will suggest you visit those places for your steak and spaghetti as they are the food you are used to and they should meet your standard. Please choose the restaurant carefully next time. Don't waste your time and others.
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Excellent food!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Without a doubt the best tapas restaurant in Australia! Have been there 4-5 times now and it just keeps getting better. A must stop whenever we are in Surfers.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Cathrija
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Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“5 stars!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

Delicious food at this authentic Spanish restaurant. Lovely vegetarian options! Exceptionally excellent customer service (which is a welcome change from most restaurants in Surfers)!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Michael S
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent service and food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

As it is difficult to find good food in surfers paradise we were very surprised with the Excellent service and food at Matador Tapas Bar. We are very happy with the night and overall experience which was provided by the friendly Matador staff :)

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Gavin S
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