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“Dark, dirty, and bland food”

El Matador Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 379 Restaurants in Denton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Denton, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Dark, dirty, and bland food”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

This was a popular restaurant in years past, but has declined steadily over the years. The food is very bland, and the restaurant looks dingy and dirty.

  • Visited June 2012
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Denton, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Disappointed with long-time favorite”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

My family has eaten at El Matador in Denton for two decades. It was our kids' favorite, with attentive servers who remembered my daughter's "the usual." I consistently found the food to be fast, consistent, and tasty. We returned after a long time away the other night and were shocked to find the food close to tasteless, some dishes served nearly cold, and presented with what seemed to be some industrialized salsa instead of their once-excellent homemade. The beef on the taco and chalupa was nearly flavorless, everything was smothered with melted cheese, and my wife was very disappointed with her stuffed pepper. Service was inattentive and our order was at least partly wrong when first brought out. What a disappointment, the loss of a long-time family favorite.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank John B
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Roanoke, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Constant Quality & Service”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

Great choice for a casual meal. The wait is typically never long and the service is always incredibly fast. I go to El Matador for its consistency in the quality of the food (always good tasting) and service. The prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank SnowGlobeKing
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Grabill, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“As Always”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

We don't get to Denton often anymore, but this is our favorite Mexican in the country. We always make time. The chips, salsa and queso are the best. Lunch fajitas for one is plenty big enough for two esp if you have enough chips and salsa! The servers are the best and most have been there forever. They always seem to remember us even though we only come in once or twice a year. It's like visiting family. A great atmosphere! If you go on a Sunday afternoon be prepared to wait a bit, but well worth it!

Visited April 2012
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Thank mkokies
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OK
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Very Good”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

My first visit here. The food is good. The salsa tastes fresh made. I had the chicken fajitas and they were excellent.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank lurcorsr
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