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El Matador

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican, Latin
1768 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2782
+1 949-645-0324
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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“rice” (5 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin
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1768 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627-2782
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Reviews (58)
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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

Thank World Passport
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

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😎

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

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!

Thank Stacy K
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.

Thank Brianna C
Reviewed 2 December 2016

Don't have the tamales. Dry. But everything else was good. Service not great. Nice atmosphere, great salsa and chips. We will go back, since it's difficult to find a good Mexican place in this area.

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here for 20 years or more. Absolutely the best Mexican food. The restaurant is family friendly, has room for large parties and small booths for intimate dining. We drive over an hour one way just to eat here. The warm chips...More

Thank mwandot
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Not a lot of flavor in there food. Ordered Enchalada's, Tacos, and tamales. Tamales had too thick of Masa, and the rest was not very flavorful. Prices ok

Thank Jody M
Reviewed 26 October 2016

The food at El Matador is great. You will not find better authentic Mexican food in the area. The only negative is rather haphazard service -- waiters forgetting what you asked them to do. This happened several times during our visit. Guests do not have...More

Thank Edward B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, 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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