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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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Chilliwack, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful restaurant, great wine, superb service and best meals we've experienced in Mexico. Thank you for a memorable evening... my husband had the New York steak... best he has ever had! Chilliwack, BC Canada

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Thank Joey1414
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Gracias! We look forward to your visit again and wish you a happy return home. It was a pleasure to attend to you. More 

New Jersey
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165 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place, the hostess, the waiter, the ambiance, the food, and even the background music. A courtyard setting, displaying memorabilia of the owner's other life as a Matador, with tables surrounding a central fountain. Our hostess, Brenda, is the daughter of the owner (Pablo Velez-El Matador) and takes personal pride in greeting you at the door, seating you... More 

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Thank FamilyMan13
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Thanks for your valuable comments, it is a pleasure to serve you and to know that you have enjoyed every detail. That you feel happy in our place is our incentive to continue giving the best of us. Thank you for recommending El Matador Restaurant. More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to have dinner in town and picked this place based on the reviews, you will not be disappointed. The rack of lamb was so very good, my husband had the filet in a spicy chipotle sauce that was off the charts! You must try the tuna carpaccio. The owner, a real live bull fighter spoke with us about... More 

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Thank Tami F
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Many thanks for coming and for sharing your experience in this comment. We wait for you soon! God bless you! More 

Springfield, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our experience at El Matador! The food is superb, loved the Caesar salad made at the table. Pablo, the owner, is a true matador and we enjoyed visiting with him. The atmosphere is quiet and quaint. Cannot wait to go again next time I am in Cabo!!!

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Thank lemmonlyming
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Happy to serve you and exceed your expectations. We do it with much affection. Thanks for coming and happy homecoming. More 

Calgary, Canada
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We reserved dinner at El Matador for our 36th wedding anniversary dinner out. It has been some time since we were last there, and many excellent changes have taken place, not the least of which is the opening of the back yard garden eating area. You enjoy a beautiful oasis in the midst of the mayhem of San Jose del... More 

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Thank Marciekim
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

It has been a pleasure to serve you, thank you for allowing us to celebrate your anniversary with you. We wish you to continue in health, love and abundance. We wait for you soon! Regards! More 

Racine, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ordered the New York strip. They brought me the whole New York stirp loin and I told them how many inches I wanted for dinner. I ordered the strip rare and it was prepared perfectly!!. Warm on the outside and cool in the center. Mmmmm, it was delichious! For dessert I ordered the Strawberries Jubilee. It was prepared table... More 

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Thank GLF-NUTT
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit! We wait for you soon! It was a pleasure. More 

Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had rack of lamb that was fabulous. Nice char on the outside, tender, juicy and pink on the inside. Sea scallop appetizer was served in 8 little tea cups just big enough for a small scallop, butter sauce and one crouton. Unique. Quiet subdued courtyard atmosphere. The owner gave the guests a demonstration of bull fighting techniques and philosophy.... More 

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Thank richardnA4872HZ
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

It is wonderful to know that you were satisfied with our service and inspired to that romantic dance that stopped the time in the courtyard. Thank you for your visit! More 

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a great date night here last night. The New York Steak and Lamb were cooked to perfection and served by the friendliest staff. Will definitely return.

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Thank CameronKimball
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

It will always be a pleasure to receive you. We are very grateful for your visit. The Matador Restaurant's team sends you greetings. More 

La Habra, California
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123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a few zigs and zags to get there. Upon walking through the house and kitchen you emerge on this enchanting garden. It is like you step away from the hustle and bustle to just relax and enjoy. Service friendly and attentive. Food prepared with skill and love. Had octopus and coconut shrimp for starters- must do. I had onion... More 

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Thank Kathy P
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this review

Love is our special ingredient. Thank you for choosing our place to close your vacation trip. We are very happy to have met your expectations. We hope to see you soon. Have a nice homecoming. More 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second time to El Matador. During our first visit I gave them the benefit of the doubt and rated them highly based upon what other reviewers had to say. My dinner, rack of lamb, was way overcooked. Second time around, we were hoping for a better experience. Nope, My wife and I ordered chateaubrian (?) medium rare and it came... More 

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pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

"Mr. I do not understand your complaint about the food because my daughter on her first day of manager came to your table to ask how the food was and you said everything was fine and upon leaving the plate clean we assumed that it was. When you received the bill came to me screaming and talking rudely,. I was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?