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The Matador

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Northwest District
Mexican, Bar, Spanish, Pub
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1438 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210-2616
+1 503-228-2855
11:00 - 02:00
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Sandpoint, Idaho
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in to The Matador for a late light dinner. We weren't sure we wanted this type of food, but on the recommendation of a friend, we decided to try it. The atmosphere won us over. Very cozy booths and the fire place is great. Tried a couple of the margarita specials and the street taco plate. Very good flavors!

Thank Mary B
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I and my wife often go to this restaurant for dinner and drinks. Food is good, service is good too. There happy hours and drinks are not to miss.

Thank Bhatt8249
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Great food and drinks but I really love sitting at the table with a warm fire in front of me! We had a wonderful dinner, not many places like this!

Thank Kim M
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161 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Hubby & I went for dinner. We were sat right away. Waitress was very nice & attentive. We ordered the 5 street tacos and the grilled romaine salad. The salsa served with the chips was nice & thick and not overly spicy (perfect). I didn't choke like I do in some mexican restaurants. It was nicely lit & on the... More 

Thank ILuvVacationing
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265 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We had the green chili hamburger, the pork quesadillas, and the street tacos. Also the margaritas and ninkasi beer. 80 bucks for 4 of us and it was worth it. Free chips and delicious salsa. The service was right on the money. Very popular spot, noisy, and crowded on a weeknight. Our out of town guests had fun. Bottom line...... More 

Thank Carl R
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Hi Carl, Thanks for taking the time to write a review! We are glad you had a good time and enjoyed the food. See you next time! Sincerely, Kristina More 

Lake Oswego, Oregon
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

I really want to love this place--I do. However, it is crowded and so noisy that it is difficult to carry on a conversation. The food looks fantastic but has consistently failed to impress, and it seems bland and tired. Additionally, I had expected Spanish food, as the theme and decor is not Mexican at all. The restaurant appears to... More 

Thank l8ysinclair
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76 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Portland with family and ate at Matador twice--which should tell you that we liked it so much the first time we went back. The carne asada in both the taco and grilled format is excellent. I had a bartender's margarita which was excellent and large. The waitress was very busy but managed to keep... More 

Thank Liz D
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the compliments Liz! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visits with us, we can't wait to see you back! Best, More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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522 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a very good Mexican restaurant. I started with a beer and the grilled Jalapeno with goat cheese appetizer. Great jalapenos and I will absolutely order them again the next time I am here. For my meal I had the carnitas, which were well cooked and very tasty. Nice atmosphere and good service; and overall a very nice dining... More 

Thank Kevin S
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Kevin! One of my favorite dishes is our Enchiladas Verdes with the Carnitas. I hope you visit us again soon. Best, More 

Southern Oregon
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It is a very popular place and it is very noisy. My wife like the margarita but I found the food to be bland for a supposedly Mexican style restaurant.

Thank Volunteer82
Portland Oregon
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful, hearty appetizers. Not your usual appetizer food. Very impressive, unique dishes. Excellent margaritas. Excellent service! Fun decor. Easier to park than other areas of 23rd.

Thank teriPortlandOregon
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I will pass along the kind words to my team, it means a lot to us. We hope to see you again very soon. Best, Kristina Schulte More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Spanish, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1438 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210-2616
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: +1 503-228-2855

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