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“Went to get a snack ”
Review of Matador Cantina

Matador Cantina
Ranked #20 of 371 Restaurants in Fullerton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Commonwealth
Transit: One block from Fullerton Transportation Center featuring Amtrak, MetroLink and many OCTA bus lines
Description: Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Fullerton, the Matador Cantina offers a fresh fusion of traditional and contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine, as well as a full bar with premium tequilas and signature Margaritas. In addition to fresh house-made sangria, the Matador also features a boutique selection of Spanish, Californian, and South American wines. Guests may dine in cozy leather booths and traditional high-top seating in the main bar/dining area, or in the lounge with wraparound leather banquette, lounge tables and cushion ottomans. Exposed historic brick walls, hand-made wrought iron chandeliers, and an impressive candle-lit wall creates a warm and decidedly intimate ambiance. Original oil-on-canvas paintings and a magnificent iron bullhead statuette further hint to the space’s extraordinary décor. Ample and convenient parking located at the rear of the restaurant off Commonwealth Avenue. Open for Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, and late night.
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“Went to get a snack ”
Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

Late night happy hour is amazing great food . Service is stellar jimmy bar tender great drinks . Great smiles . The chef owner David is so nice and can accommodate people with food allergies . Thanks for the great eats :)

Thank Drnasadan
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Brea, California
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“Keep Coming Back”
Reviewed October 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

There are a lot of little restaraunts in downtown Fullerton. I've been there a few times. It is always on the short list if we are going to eat in Fullerton. If you like Mexican food it's a great place to go, but their menu is not just Mexican food. Matador menu has many unique items and everything I have had has been good. Small place, long bar, nice ambiance, good food.

Visited October 2013
Thank Robert M
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Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellence in Mexican Cuisine”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

My family went here for my birthday, Talk about taking Mexican cuisine to a new level! Staff was attentive, food recommendations were excellent. Will definitely come back next time we are in Southern California!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank teri0526
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent pulled pork taco's”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I read the review online and was in from Melbourne, where there is only really one or two genuine mexican food. Loved the three colour corn chips, homemade salsa and the marguerita's were excellent. Service was lovely, and very attentive. Albeit, it was a slow sunday evening and it was very quite. Good decor and close to other stores in the main street. Plenty of parking at the back.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Tony P
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Pueblo, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great "mexican" inspired food and interesting drinks”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

This place is good enough we ate there twice in one trip. The Braised Short Rib tacos were to die for, and the steak la plancha with chimichurri sauce was delicious and cooked exactly as ordered. We also found the chorizo ravioli to be a wondeful mix of flavors. The sides, soups, and salads were very good and they make a "Bananas" Foster from plantains that was superb. The cocktail menu is nothing less than inspired and has many interesting types of drinks. Located in one of the oldest buidlings in the area, it is favorite plce for locals and great for people watching while enjoying a relaxing evening.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Michael M
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