We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Matador

1012 S 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740-2304
+1 505-445-9575
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent16%
  • Very good21%
  • Average27%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible21%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (6 reviews)
“tostadas” (2 reviews)
“green chili” (12 reviews)
Closed Now
Mexican, Southwestern
1012 S 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740-2304
All Details
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (83)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 83 reviews

Reviewed 26 October 2017

Always stop at this restaurant for authentic New Mexican food. Love their fresh homemade tortillas and Mexican hamburger.

Thank lenorac422
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Try the smothered enchilada w/ green chili and don't forget the MONSTER sopapillas included with meal. A fav we stop in for every year.

Thank jeeperTulsa_OK
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Friendly enough, lots of flies. Seems to be popular with the locals. The chips were bagged not fresh. Cannot recommend.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Ordered the taco plate, beef tacos were kind of tasteless, beans were not bad, rice forget it! Sopapilla's were good but can not in good faith recommend this place. Service was not good either.

Thank Raul R
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for some good and authentic Mexican food this is a good place for you. If you are looking for Tex-Mex do not go here. My husband ordered enchiladas with red sauce and he said they were very good. The red sauce...More

Thank Angel_on_the_road
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Sometimes the food and service were very good and sometimes not. Our sopapillas were flat as pancakes yet our friend sitting across from us got a very puffy & airy sopapilla! On 2 visits, 3 of the 4 chicken strips were decent but the 4th...More

Thank dlworth72
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Seat yourself, waited 15 minutes for waitress to bring menus and take drink orders, then another 15 minutes for our drinks and order. Then another 30 for a refill, and never got our food because we left after being there an hour and a half....More

1  Thank shelly t
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

You'll be sorry! Terrible! Nothing we ordered was good. Just gross, I ordered posole you could tell they just dumped some flavorless sauce on top of some hominy. They should be ashamed to call there food New Mexican.

2  Thank Lee R
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a local's spot. If you really want genuine New Mexican, this is the joint. Anything with either kind of chili on it is good, and the sopapillas are money. If you're a fan of say Chili's, then this is not the place for...More

1  Thank doctorkansasbeef
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Was looking forward to some good Mexican, or New Mexican food, asked two of the locals what the best restaurant would be and El Matador was the first response both times, so we went. Gotta say, nothing special here. The place looked clean but fairly...More

2  Thank JThobe
Nearby HotelsSee all 18 hotels in Raton
El Kapp Motel
16 reviews
.48 km away
Casa Lemus Inn & Restaurant
85 reviews
.57 km away
Travel Motel
20 reviews
.61 km away
Best Western Plus Raton Hotel
884 reviews
.74 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Bruno's Pizza & Wings
103 reviews
1.29 km away
Enchanted Grounds
104 reviews
1.41 km away
186 reviews
.72 km away
Pappas' Sweet Shop Restaurant
69 reviews
.67 km away
Nearby Attractions
Shuler Theater
24 reviews
1.48 km away
Solano's Boot & Western Wear
20 reviews
1.40 km away
Raton Museum
22 reviews
1.40 km away
Patchwork Phoenix
8 reviews
1.23 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from El Matador staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1012 S 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740-2304
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Raton
  • Phone Number: +1 505-445-9575
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing