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El Matador

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Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
+52 624 157 0443
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

El Matador was recommended to our group by a couple whose been coming to Cabo for 10 years. The patio was quaint, the service impeccable (almost white glove find dinging, old school manners), food delicious and the taste of a matador's dance and seeing the cape was unique. The coconut shrimp was delicious and I don' think my husband has... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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97 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened to go to El Matador on a day when it was really quiet, and the end result was that we had that beautiful poolside terrace all to ourselves. It was a great setting for a romantic dinner. While conservative in its flavours, the food was generally very good. I would say that the prices are typical of fine... More 

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip!! See my other reviews on Cabo San Lucas as it should be called Cabo Scammer Lucas!! El Matador had a lovely courtyard and extremely romantic atmosphere! The coconut shrimp was the best food I've ever eaten in my life!! Service impeccable. Attitude was in check. It was about a 10 minute drive from... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to El Matador based on it's TripAdvisor rating and I was blown away. The restaurant is in a quiet residential area rather than a bogus tourist trap area. The staff is as gracious as any staff of any business in any country I have ever experienced, They set the gold standard for hospitality. The ambiance is fantastic as... More 

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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pablo and his staff were wonderful, friendly and caring. There was a group of 6 of us and we were treated very well. The atmosphere is second to none

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you!! More 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to El Matador several times and the experience is always first class. The food, the service, the ambience, everything is awesome. I will always keep this restaurant on my go-to list!!

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Thank rcmotter
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your support, we love you, gracias,, More 

New York City, New York
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28 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am simply basing this review on food as the service was fine and the restaurant was quite cute. Reading all the reviews, I was expecting an exceptional meal. And especially considering the prices, I was really expecting a Michelin type meal. It was not good when the locals were telling us that it's overhyped. The meal started with a... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

I am sorry for your bad experience, I sale satisfaction as a principles, I wish could fix the situation but you didn't mention your dissatisfaction after you eat it. Feel free to send me the information to reimburse your money. Gracias. More 

Chicago
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This highly rated restaurant deserves all its accolades, for outstanding food, superb service (even to the valet parking available), and beautiful atmosphere. We sat in the main courtyard, near the pool, with the sky overhead. The fountain and lighting, as well as small pool, added to the atmosphere. The caesar salad was as good as reviewers had noted. The tortilla... More 

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Thank ChicagoTER
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and review, I appreciate your sensitivity, muchas gracias! More 

Los Angeles, CA
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I visit Cabo every year and our passion is to find great new restaurants. Last year we found Acre and liked it so much we went back again this year. That's not surprising because Acre was a new restaurant. When doing my research on Trip Advisor this year I learned about El Matador - and wanted to... More 

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1 Thank Howard T
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

I appreciate your review and suggestion, I would invite them it is good time do do it now, I am glad you find us and I hope to see you son, muchas gracias! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can I say about a restaurant that offers to drive you back to your hotel when you ask them to call you a taxi?! Well let me add that the food was as good as the service. We've been coming to both coasts of Mexico for nearly 20 years. The quality of beef was excellent. The sea bass was... More 

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Thank Tom A
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Your review is a really beautiful complement, muchas gracias, Happy New Year!! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Seafood, Spanish, Fusion
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Sur  >  Los Cabos  >  San Jose del Cabo
  • Phone Number: +52 624 157 0443
Description
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?