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“Sunday Lunch at Matador Cantina”
Review of Matador Cantina

Matador Cantina
Ranked #19 of 370 Restaurants in Fullerton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch at Matador Cantina”
Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

High energy fun atmosphere in downtown Fullerton. Good house margaritas, nachos, and carnitas street tacos.

Thank All-Around-Nice-Guy
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Fullerton, California
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Been here a few times for different reasons... but Sunday's incident was worth writing about....its a fun place for the most part but....

My friends went for the "Unlimited" Brunch, we I got there late, but we were tucked into a little corner 15 people having a good time, hard to stay quiet for such a large group. Food has not been this places strong point, but drinks are decent (short staffed, but well prepared)... The manager made a decision to CUT us off after some drinks because we were making to much noise.

So if you come in a large party, make sure to tell them to be quiet while you drink, otherwise you might be CUT OFF....

worst part, I got there late and since I was part of the party I could not get a drink for myself, I even went to the bar to get it!

  • Visited April 2014
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Orange, CA
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Food Great - Bartender Needs Help”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been here several times. The experience is always great. However, we have never been to the Matador Cantina on a Monday. 4-14-14.

We sat at the bar, which is a very long bar. We were at the east end close to Harbor Blvd. For the most part we were forgotten. At one point we had to wave our napkin to get the bartenders attention down at the other end. He claims there were 25 people and apologized for the service.

Ok, thanks at some point he needs to get help or maybe he should pay attention and stop talking so much at the other end. We don't know what the issue was but the Matador needs to figure this out. We hope this is the exception, because we have almost decided not to come back to a great spot. Customer Service !!!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank jcborange
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Oakland, Ca
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great interior!”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

Came here for a birthday celebration based on online reviews. Loved the interior design and overall location. The margaritas were too sweet and weak, and the fajitas and mole enchiladas not a hit. Fish tacos, and beef dishes were great. So overall our party was mixed on reviews. The breakfast menu looks really tasty however, would come back for this!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank saspatel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Decent Food”
Reviewed December 31, 2013

We happened on this restaurant on our way to return our rental car. We stopped in and were pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and friendliness of the staff.

Visited December 2013
Thank JANETM45
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