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The Matador

) #351 of 3,247 Restaurants in Seattle €€ - €€€ Mexican, , American
2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
+1 206-297-2855
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good45%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (10 reviews)
“street tacos” (5 reviews)
“shrimp” (3 reviews)
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Mexican, Bar, American, Southwestern
€€ - €€€
2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

I love the Matador! My husband and I have been here several times. The Tex-Mex food is pretty solid. I like that they offer some spicy dishes, like the habanero enchiladas. The margaritas are killer. We always try to save room for the decadent dessert...More

Thank smashmcgee
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

On my recent trip to Seattle, I went with some friends to the small area of Ballard to check out the restaurants and bars. We had a party of 5, we were able to get a corner booth that sat exactly 5 people. The restaurant...More

Thank Treggy94
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Good food and ambience with friendly and efficient service- nice decor and noise level allows for actual conversation

Thank LynnKinnelonNJ
OpperMelang2015, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate the feedback and are very happy to hear you enjoyed our establishment. We hope to see you again! Cheers, Cassie Chavez

Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The menu is extensive and the food preparation is exquisite. Prices are higher than most Mexican places but the food is better and not out of a can or freezer. The seasonal Mexican corn on the cob is crave worthy! The service started out attentive...More

Thank Live2traveldaworld
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Renting a condo nearby for a few days and this was our first night. Good authentic food and good service in a well designed restaurant really popular with younger people (suddenly felt very old amongst the 20 and 30 year olds. Only downside they don't...More

Thank SugarloafView
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Nice place, near the locks. Best blood orange margaritas ever! Good food not expensive compared to downtown Seattle. Nice atmosphere. Great service. Food was good, nice size portions. Fresh! If we were to come to the area again we would certainly come here. Jalapeño poppers...More

Thank strita60
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

The matador was the perfect spot for drinks and dinner on a nice night in Ballard. Delicious tacos and unbeatable margs!

Thank sford321
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is no Taco Bell. The Matador is one fine Mexican restaurant. They have a huge bar and wonderful menu, and fine service. The ambiance is wonderful.

Thank DavidDakanAllison
Reviewed 9 July 2016

From 4-6 and 10pm-1am this is the happy hour you should not be missing! With several items heavily discounted and nachos that you will think about often, this is a great place to go after work or meet up with friends. Do not skip the...More

Reviewed 25 June 2016

Went during Happy Hour. Good drinks -- House Margarita. Anejo Tequila Flight. Also had some happy hour food -- if the happy hour food is indicative of what dinner would taste like, go somewhere else for dinner. Worst salsa I ever ate -- Pace Picante...More

Thank Charles T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Bar, American, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
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: 2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-297-2855
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The Matador serves fresh Tex-Mex cuisine and premium tequilas in an inviting, social atmosphere with amber lighting and unique, hacienda-inspired décor.
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