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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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Pleasanton, Ca USA
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We never miss a trip here to see Pablo, the owenr of this darling Mexican Rest. He is a REAL Bullfighter, 6 feet 7 and he even gives demonstrations of how to fight a bull. Great food. Eat in garden by pool and do have reservations. It's a joy to come here each year. Gets better and better on the... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our 3rd visit to El Matador and each visit tops the last. The restaurant has gotten bigger and is beautiful to sit out back by the small pool in the grass. Pablo has done a wonderful job on his restaurant with consistent, delicious food always. He is a wonderful Chef. My son's NY steak came out raw with... More 

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Thank BeachGirl1980
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Was so nice to see you again! thank you for your review and visit, it is good to know that you can see something different at every time, muchas gracias, More 

Alameda, CA
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed dinner here. The garden/patio is lovely and provides a calm and romantic atmosphere. The food was delicious and service lovely. We got to hear and see the owners bull fighting stories and I even picked up his cape. It is surprisingly heavy. What a great find through TripAdvisor.

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you and TripAdvisor for find us, I am glad we did not disappoint you and I hope to see you again son, More 

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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family visited El Matador for dinner and had a great experience. Each person in the group ordered something different so we were able to taste a little bit from the menu selections. From the lamb, to the ravioli, to the herbed chicken, the filet and the tuna dish, we each thought our choice was the best. All were tasty... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we feel proud to have been able to please you, More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiancé and I went for dinner on the advice of a fellow traveller. And we both agreed that this may be the best meal we ever had. 10 out of 10 overall. The experience and the atmosphere and the setting were all very well delivered. Staff and owner were very professional and treated us like royalty. I have never... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Your words touch my soul, muchas gracias. More 

Burien, Wa.
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife & I along with another couple have watched this restaurant grow for 16 years. Each visit seems to be better than the last one. Pablo (a Senior Bullfighter) is the perfect host & if time permits will show you the "ballet" of the bullfighter. He has food for each persons pallet. Everything is prepared to perfection. Over years... More 

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

Muchas gracias, I don’t have words to tell you how much appreciate your support all this years, thank you for make El Matador, could not be possible without my loyal customers from the beginning, thank you, More 

Edmonds, Washington
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201 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You enter a very comfortable setting in the courtyard of a beautiful home after walking by a spotless kitchen. Table are set on the grass next to the pool and opera music plays quietly in the background. Staff very attentive, even though there were only two on this busy night. Good wine list and full bar. We started with housemade... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit, you feed my soul with your review, gracias, More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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200 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in a residential neighborhood, this is an excellent restaurant.... Beautiful garden setting with great service and food. The owner, Pablo, is a professional bull fighter and takes time to visit with every table and share his experiences.....great meal, ambiance, and an authentic experience. House salad is excellent and large. Filet is larger than 8 oz. and can be shared....it... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for been great authentic customer and make El Matador possible, More 

Reston, Virginia
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the shrimp/filet combination and my wife loved her tuna. Best meal we had during our 5 days in this area. Highly recommend, great atmosphere and service.

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Thank Barry G
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and review, make us feel proud, I hope you can come back son, mil gracias. More 

Oklahoma City
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62 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is very good and in the house of a retired Matador from Mexico City. It has a beautiful courtyard and ambience was nice. The food was all very good, but it was about 3 times the price of the other nice restaurants we ate at in San Jose del Cabo. That being said I probably would not go... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit I am glad you could enjoy my place and say great experience, at the same time I am sorry the price you paid you do not consider has the value for what you got, at this point I see a contradiction or a confusion that I will try to clear; if you compare... 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, Delivery, Parking Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?