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The Matador

) #316 of 3,291 Restaurants in Seattle ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Mexican, , American
2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
+1 206-297-2855
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good46%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (11 reviews)
“street tacos” (5 reviews)
“braised beef” (2 reviews)
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Mexican, Bar, American
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2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The staff is very nice. The vibe is upbeat and the restaurant is usually filled with a younger crowd. We are MUCH older but are very comfortable there. There is some sidewalk seating in the summer and the happy hour menu has good choices at...More

Thank 100QA
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome! I've only been here once and I (still) can't stop thinking or talking about it... -It's the braised beef tacos!- ;-D A handful of family & friends have visited Seattle since my fiancee and I went, and I ALWAYS recommend El...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I was walking around the Ballard area of Seattle, exploring the many different shops in this area and walked into The Matador for Lunch. My wife and I ate outside in a well-shaded area and proceeded to have a very nice lunch. The service was...More

Thank PricingGuy007
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Found this place while walking the area. It was a toss up between Matador and a couple other places nearby. We chose Matador due to the posted menu options. Went in, ordered nachos, black bean dip, and a couple other items. Everything was great. The...More

Thank tippynkc2002
Reviewed 6 April 2017

I love the Matador! My husband and I have been here several times. The Tex-Mex food is pretty solid. I like that they offer some spicy dishes, like the habanero enchiladas. The margaritas are killer. We always try to save room for the decadent dessert...More

Thank smashmcgee
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

On my recent trip to Seattle, I went with some friends to the small area of Ballard to check out the restaurants and bars. We had a party of 5, we were able to get a corner booth that sat exactly 5 people. The restaurant...More

Thank Treggy94
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Good food and ambience with friendly and efficient service- nice decor and noise level allows for actual conversation

Thank LynnKinnelonNJ
OpperMelang2015, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We appreciate the feedback and are very happy to hear you enjoyed our establishment. We hope to see you again! Cheers, Cassie Chavez

Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The menu is extensive and the food preparation is exquisite. Prices are higher than most Mexican places but the food is better and not out of a can or freezer. The seasonal Mexican corn on the cob is crave worthy! The service started out attentive...More

Thank Live2traveldaworld
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Renting a condo nearby for a few days and this was our first night. Good authentic food and good service in a well designed restaurant really popular with younger people (suddenly felt very old amongst the 20 and 30 year olds. Only downside they don't...More

Thank SugarloafView
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Nice place, near the locks. Best blood orange margaritas ever! Good food not expensive compared to downtown Seattle. Nice atmosphere. Great service. Food was good, nice size portions. Fresh! If we were to come to the area again we would certainly come here. Jalapeño poppers...More

Thank strita60
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107-4025
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-297-2855
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The Matador serves fresh Tex-Mex cuisine and premium tequilas in an inviting, social atmosphere with amber lighting and unique, hacienda-inspired décor.
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