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The Matador

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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub
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721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
+1 253-627-7100
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Bonney Lake, Washington
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love coming to The Matador in Tacoma for date nights. The happy hour deals are great and we've never had a bad margarita (from the Tacoma location, at least).

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Thank Christopher J
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Christopher, Thank you so much for the great review! Join us on any Tuesday for more deals, when all of our tequilas that are $12 or more are half off! Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

SeaTac, Washington
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to The Matador a few times since we moved to Tacoma in 2016. It is much better than any of the other Mexican/Spanish restaurants we have visited so far. The drinks are also very good. Plan on a wait, though, as it is very popular -- especially on the weekend.

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Thank RoseCityTraveler626
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Hello RoseCityTraveler, Thank you so much for the review! We are able to take a lot of pride in our scratch kitchen and bar, so I am very happy you are enjoying the food and drinks! Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

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128 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Matador on Christmas eve day before going skating downtown. We were surprised to see that it was easy to seat 6 people immediately. The service was impeccable. The food was outstanding and the drinks were perfectly poured. Keep in mind that Matador is a little spicier than your average Mexican restaurant in an excellent way. I would definitely... More 

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Thank Vince C
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Vince, Thank you so much for your review! I will be passing along your complements to our chef and the rest of the team. Come down for happy hour sometime! It is everyday from 4PM-6PM and again from 10PM-1AM! Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

Tacoma, United States
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cozy. The best Tortilla soup you can get. Pieces if chicken, rich broth, well spiced. Bits of avocado. Wonderful. Vegetarian quesadilla reslly tastey, too. Good service. Lucky to have this restaurant here.

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Thank Linda T
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Linda, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! The Tortilla Soup is also one of my favorites! I hope you can make it in for Happy Hour, where our soup and many other items are discounted. Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

Squaw Valley, California
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

People, You have to I mean HAVE TO visit this place. My husband and I were in town on a business trip, craving mexican food, and I found some good reviews on our Handy Trip Advisor site, my husband is a blacksmith by trade, when I read about the good food and all of the metal art I knew we... More 

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Thank BlessedMamaWeaver
washington
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67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

i have eaten several times at The Matador and find it so/so. the chips and salsa are excellent and the drinks, esp. the Mojito's great. The food nothing to write home about but a great place to meet friends for drinks. Appetizers are very good as well. Just pass on dinner.

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The Villages, Florida
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382 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Tacoma is a great city to visit... Matador was recommended. Stopped in last night at the height of happy hour. Place jammed. Snagged two seats at the bar and never bothered to claim our table. They have hundreds of tequila choices... I chose their sangria as I'm not into margaritas... It was delicious. Generous pour. A hint of cinnamon really... More 

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We sat at the bar arriving around 11:00 pm. Bartender "Ryan" hooked us up with his hand muddled margaritas. Best we've had anywhere for a long time. We took his suggestion on everything and couldn't have had a better evening

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Thank Lstgwalker
Tacoma, Washington
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Service was fair. Bartenders not really attentive. They were trying to serve alot of people, thus you wonder why they seemed understaffed.

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Thank Jeff H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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208 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is in a downtown location with a beautifully decorated interior. The food is not authentic, but fairly good. The mildest dishes were still picante, so if you like mild food be sure to ask servers. We did this and did not get reliable answers, but maybe we just got a server who didn't know. One of our orders was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 25
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-627-7100
Description
Matador Restaurants offer fresh Tex-Mex cuisine & premium tequilas in an inviting, social atmosphere — visit us in Seattle, Tacoma, Redmond, Portland, & Boise.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?