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El Matador

1768 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2782
+1 949-645-0324
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“tamales” (4 reviews)
“chicken” (5 reviews)
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1768 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2782
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Local Mexican restaurant very close to Newport Beach. The restaurant has plenty of seating and a full bar. The bar has a very large selection of tequilas to choose from. The menu has everything you would expect including appetizers and fish dishes. The margaritas tasted...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank RLRehm
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This place is an authentic Mexican food restaurant with tables and a bar. TVs for viewing sports are everywhere! Food is great and service is too! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank joceedancer
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We FINALLY tried this place afger several people recommended. It's great! Good service, food, nice and cool on hot days, and the drinks are good too.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank capposcasa
Reviewed 13 June 2018

I've been going to El Matador for more than twenty years and little has changed over the years (one was an expansion of the dining room and bar). With a simple menu with all the usual suspects, the restaurant is a great spot for lunch...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank EricS3076
Reviewed 9 October 2017

You can almost tell that it's going to be a good Mexican food by their salsa. If the salsa is not good then the food will very likely be terrible too. The salsa here is spicy and delicious. The chips are so so as I...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank WorldPassport
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

I can't believe I forgot to post my review here. It's only few weeks late! *:) We came here on the way back to our Hotel from Newport Beach. It's a great Mexican restaurant because it stands alone like a small home instead of having...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank NoraFrydman
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

It's always nice to be in southern Cali.... However the end of may is cold.... Beware of May gray and June gloom... The ocean is also very cold😎

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Rosanne W
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Impeccable service. Food looks great but when ours came y chicken was bland and tough and husband's dish was overcooked. Owner made his rounds checking on all patrons. Our mediocre response prompted him to ask more. We shared our surprise at how our meal came...More

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank cherispear
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Fish Taco was wonderful, the warm chips above average, the spicy salsa (served in individual bowls so you can double dip!) are all tasty. However, it was the opportunity to try a multitude of tequilas that makes El Matador extra special!

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank samsaralife
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

El Matador is a must each time I come to the area. The food is great and I've never had a bad experience.

Date of visit: December 2016
Thank Brianna C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1768 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2782
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Costa Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 949-645-0324
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