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El Matador

Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
+52 624 157 0443
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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
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Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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51 - 60 of 392 reviews

Reviewed 21 February 2017

For those who love the big, built up, resort looking restaurants, don't let looks fool you on the outside. Yes, El Matador is in a bit of a 'seedier' area of San Jose. However, when we were visiting, there appeared to be some renovations of...More

Thank denvernoles
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Thank you very much for your review and visit, we would love to win 5 stars from you, the staff work the tables with children little faster than the usual with the purpose of make it easy for the adults but the important think is...More

Reviewed 18 February 2017

We have never been disappointed. Out of the way restaurant in a residential area is a wonderful experience. Owned by a matador who greets guests and is very personable it is a delightful setting. Menus in English for those of us not quite as conversant...More

Thank CherieB2
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you very much, we are so glad to please you every time, to put the classical, nouvelle, contemporary cuisine with a mexican touch has been a constant challenge day by day, we apreciate your feelings,

Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We have visited the area for 15+ years and this was by far the best dining experience. The filet was better than what we have had in the best steak houses in Minneapolis for half the price. Service was wonderful. We prefer to dine early...More

1  Thank Lori D
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Yes, our filet of beef is angus choice from Sonora, take me one hour to caramelized the onions before to add the oporto and rib stock so our onion soup is like any good restaurant in France, the ravioli is home made by hand, just...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017

We were surprised to find this noble place in an quite dark neighbourhood, away from the Tourist pathes of LosCabos, After crossing this mansion and passing by the open kitchen with huge fires you arrive at a poolside patio and balcony were dinner is served...More

Thank Spikefriend
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

It was certainly a busy night, the cook over cooled the fish and we lost exelencia which should not happen but I estimate that everything else was good and that you enjoyed our restaurant, I thank you for your review and your friendliness I hope...More

Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We came because of trip advisor but when we arrived I only saw two empty tables!! I then realized that was just the entry and all the tables are in the back. We walked by the grill which smelled amazing. The owner gave us a...More

Thank Laura T
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

It is an honor to have you for first time hopefully many more, some new waitress still under training, thank you for your visit and review, muchas gracias

Reviewed 13 February 2017

Just driving into the neighborhood, way off the tourist track, you might be doubtful but once you're greeted by the friendly staff and seated inside the beautiful courtyard you'll know the reviews weren't wrong. And then comes the mouth-watering food and you experience heaven in...More

Thank Larry B
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

our neighborhood it is full of Doctors, clinics, churches and a good Restaurant!! thank you for the information to our readers!

Reviewed 11 February 2017

One of the best dinners we have enjoyed, with exemplary service and atmosphere. Went for my wife's birthday and we were both overwhelmed.

Thank phanatic20
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

It was a pleasure to have you with us in such a special day, thank you,

Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

A diamond in the rough. When we entered we were greeted by the owner and chef, also The Matador Pablo Velez. We started with Sandgrita!! The Caesar salad made table side was to die for. One of our party ordered steak, which was cut to...More

1  Thank Una A
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2017

What a nice comparation, thank you for your great review,

Reviewed 9 February 2017

This is one of those restaurants located in an authentic Mexican building with seating in the interior courtyard. Very picturesque. Great food. When I mentioned my food allergies they were very attentive and brought me a wonderful sea bass filet with four different vegetables. Delicious!

1  Thank SallyEdwards
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

Thank you for your visit and time you take to review us, I appreciate your sensibility

Reviewed 8 February 2017

El Matador is our go to Restaurant in San Jose. We go twice a year and the owner is an incredible guy (he even makes his own tequila) They always have seasonal dishes and everything is excellent. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Thank eischman11083
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

It is a celebration every time you come, muchas gracias, tequila wishes,

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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Yes! We are opened! your reservation is confirmed. Just please give us a call to confirm your information. Gracias.
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29 June 2017|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Dear, Due that August is our slow season we will be closed doing maintenance and remodeling, we appreciate your understanding. Regards.
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Sure! Your reservation is confirmed. Gracias!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
18:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
18:00 - 23:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Sur  >  Los Cabos  >  San Jose del Cabo
  • Phone Number: +52 624 157 0443
Description
To all our clients we want to inform you that due the low season, from August 15th to September 31st, this restaurant opens its doors only with reservation of at least one day in advance and for groups of 4 or more people. If you already have a confirmed reservation within this time, do not worry, your reservation is still active, it will be a pleasure to receive it. Thank you!

El Matador is the finest restaurant in San Jose, owned by a former Matador, Pablo Velez. It boasts Mediterranean Mexican dining. It is in a neighborhood next to the Nun's Hospital. Their Scallopine Marsala is to die for as well as the other items on the menu. Please add this restaurant to your list. I can't imagine why it hasn't been on there as we have been eating there for at least 3 or 4 years. This
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