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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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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall a great experience. Very helpful and friendly staff. Food was amazing (loved the chipotle filet and table side cesar salad) and the courtyard dining area was really nice. A really cool experience was meeting the owner, who is a Matador. He talked about the art of bull fighting, allowed my kids to try on his various coats and demonstrated... More 

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

was very nice to have you in El Matador, is m,y duty as a bullfighter to tell the children about our culture and is very rewarding to see them interested, gracias. More 

Denver, Colorado
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For those who love the big, built up, resort looking restaurants, don't let looks fool you on the outside. Yes, El Matador is in a bit of a 'seedier' area of San Jose. However, when we were visiting, there appeared to be some renovations of the streets and neighborhood in place. It looks extremely small and confined from the outside,... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review and visit, we would love to win 5 stars from you, the staff work the tables with children little faster than the usual with the purpose of make it easy for the adults but the important think is that you enjoyed El Matador, gracias. More 

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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have never been disappointed. Out of the way restaurant in a residential area is a wonderful experience. Owned by a matador who greets guests and is very personable it is a delightful setting. Menus in English for those of us not quite as conversant in Spanish as we should be. New feature cutting and weighing the steak at the... More 

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Thank CherieB2
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we are so glad to please you every time, to put the classical, nouvelle, contemporary cuisine with a mexican touch has been a constant challenge day by day, we apreciate your feelings, More 

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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the area for 15+ years and this was by far the best dining experience. The filet was better than what we have had in the best steak houses in Minneapolis for half the price. Service was wonderful. We prefer to dine early (5:30-6:30 ) so we aren't rushed. Onion soup was amazing. Ravioli was to die for.... More 

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1 Thank Lori M
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Yes, our filet of beef is angus choice from Sonora, take me one hour to caramelized the onions before to add the oporto and rib stock so our onion soup is like any good restaurant in France, the ravioli is home made by hand, just the way Bruno (my best teacher) teached me 28 years ago, thank you for your... More 

Cologne, Germany
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were surprised to find this noble place in an quite dark neighbourhood, away from the Tourist pathes of LosCabos, After crossing this mansion and passing by the open kitchen with huge fires you arrive at a poolside patio and balcony were dinner is served and a live classical guitar player creates latinamerican feelings,. Very romantic, Even though we do... More 

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

It was certainly a busy night, the cook over cooled the fish and we lost exelencia which should not happen but I estimate that everything else was good and that you enjoyed our restaurant, I thank you for your review and your friendliness I hope to prepare a carpaccio personally in your Table at your next visit, More 

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46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came because of trip advisor but when we arrived I only saw two empty tables!! I then realized that was just the entry and all the tables are in the back. We walked by the grill which smelled amazing. The owner gave us a nice table right by the pool. It was a little chilly but they put the... More 

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

It is an honor to have you for first time hopefully many more, some new waitress still under training, thank you for your visit and review, muchas gracias More 

Fairview, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just driving into the neighborhood, way off the tourist track, you might be doubtful but once you're greeted by the friendly staff and seated inside the beautiful courtyard you'll know the reviews weren't wrong. And then comes the mouth-watering food and you experience heaven in San Jose!! ,

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Thank Larry B
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

our neighborhood it is full of Doctors, clinics, churches and a good Restaurant!! thank you for the information to our readers! More 

Redding, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best dinners we have enjoyed, with exemplary service and atmosphere. Went for my wife's birthday and we were both overwhelmed.

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Thank phanatic20
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you with us in such a special day, thank you, More 

Westlake, Ohio
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A diamond in the rough. When we entered we were greeted by the owner and chef, also The Matador Pablo Velez. We started with Sandgrita!! The Caesar salad made table side was to die for. One of our party ordered steak, which was cut to order table side. I had lobster, and he was able to choose. We had a... More 

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

What a nice comparation, thank you for your great review, More 

Edwards, Colorado
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those restaurants located in an authentic Mexican building with seating in the interior courtyard. Very picturesque. Great food. When I mentioned my food allergies they were very attentive and brought me a wonderful sea bass filet with four different vegetables. Delicious!

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

Thank you for your visit and time you take to review us, I appreciate your sensibility 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
Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Mexican, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?