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Matador Cantina

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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
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111 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832-1866 (Commonwealth)
+1 714-871-8226
09:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 02:00
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Santa Ana, California
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93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is a very nice place to dine with a good variety of mexican favorites. They have opened a new section, and is the only restaurant in Fullerton that offers a full Tequila tasting. Enjoy!

Thank James S
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67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This isn't just standard Mexican food, although you can get that. They have some creative menu items that are really fantastic!

Thank Lisa G
Calgary, Canada
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121 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Nothing beats Saturday morning mimosas on a patio. Compliment your breakfast beverage of choice with your favorite people and some delicious breakfast items and you've got yourself a moment to remember. Comfortable atmosphere, great food and attentive service- Matador Cantina has it all. A perfect place for my cousins birthday brunch. Parking was a challenge, but not impossible- definitely worth... More 

Thank TravelVitoYYC
San Dimas, California
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Our office is not too far away from downtown Fulleton, so we have gone to Matador for lunch on a few occasions. This is Mexican Fusion cuisine. Usually service is good--lunchtime is not a time in which the restaurant is full, but it is not empty either--and the food is good too. I have three favorites off of their lunch... More 

Thank ricsandimas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Took our oldest daughter to dinner. Sat on patio area. Great environment beautiful weather and awesome service. The night's special was fantastic and pomegranate margarita was delicious. Memories created for sure.

Paris, France
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131 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We went here for our first taco Tuesday, they have great specials. Tacos are cheap but really good! I had the pollo and the shredded pork, I preferred the pollo over the pork taco. My husband had one calimari and one shrimp, he said both were equally good. The service was great! I would get there early, we arrived at... More 

Thank Jan S
Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Came here 3/14/2016 on a Monday night. 2nd time here. My wife and I enjoy the food. She ordered the CARNITAS. We are so used to seeing Carnitas as shredded pork, which I honestly get tired of. This version was cut in chunks/cubes, and was marinated in blood orange and Mexican Coke that gives it a sweet/acidic flavor. It is... More 

Thank Patrick Jason M
Kiev, Ukraine
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

If you like spicy drinks you can try the jalapeño martini, it's a really good cocktail. And the dishes that I ate were yummy!

Thank Tata_Queen
San Francisco, California
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220 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We were looking for something off the beaten path from Anaheim and many of the locals mentioned heading over to Fullerton. We wandered around for a while and were very happy with our choice of the Matador Cantina. They had a very extensive menu with lots of inventive dishes. The short rib tostadas appetizer was great, Matador taco is amazing... More 

Thank Amy B
Murrieta, California
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227 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Taco Tuesday at Matador is the best deal. They have a great selection of appetizers ranging from $1.25-$3.00. Everything we tried was delicious, plus free chips and salsa. The margaritas are also excellent.

Thank kaj20

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832-1866
  • Public Transportation: One block from Fullerton Transportation Center featuring Amtrak, MetroLink and many OCTA bus lines
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Fullerton
  • Phone Number: +1 714-871-8226
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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