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The Matador

) #10 of 627 Restaurants in Tacoma $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
+1 253-627-7100
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (29 reviews)
“black beans” (10 reviews)
“braised beef” (2 reviews)
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All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
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1 - 10 of 203 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Great Mexican food, excellent service, good atmosphere and very good value for money. The service was very quick for a busy Friday night and the nachos and Carnitas were excellent, lots of flavor and cooked perfect.

Thank Darren M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can only rate the nachos as this is all we have when we come here but they are delicious and curb the craving.

Thank Ann P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the number 1 Mexican rated food restaurant in Tacoma, I was expecting a bit better experience, but this was acceptable. The shredded chicken burrito was tasty though not exceptional. The service was competent and somewhat friendly for the busy circumstances. The chips and salsa...More

Thank Glidr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here a year ago and it was wonderful, stopped by for lunch this trip had the street tacos they were Great! the house made chorizo was the best! Margaritas were great the largest tequila selection I have ever seen. All in all a good...More

Thank Paul P
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

When my coworkers bugged me and bugged me to come after work for happy hour I caved. That was a great decision! The $5 Texas sized nachos are amazing, the tequila is exactly what I needed. I love this place and the beautiful, relaxing atmosphere.More

Thank Candace R
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hi Candace! Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I am thrilled they talked you into coming down! The nachos sure are life changing. Haha! If you enjoy tequila, join us on Tuesdays where all of our tequilas priced $12 or more are half...More

Reviewed 26 May 2017

We've been dining at The Matador ("El Matador") for years now. It's a solid Mexican restaurant and a better bar. If you're looking to grab some chips & salsa, some beer, and some pretty tasty appetizers - it's a really good place to go. Not...More

Thank WallyDurham
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Food is good. Especially the happy hour stuff. Try the bacon wrapped jalapeños and calamari! Open late as wellMore

Thank S G
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

S G, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! The stuffed jalapenos are one of my personal favorite things on the menu and I am so happy to hear you enjoyed them as well! Join us for happy hour...More

Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

It doesn't get much better than this for the atmosphere, food, drinks and price. Bartender Kris is an expert at concocting amazing drinks. Happy hour is a steal for food and drinks. I've been probably 50 times. The bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers are so good...More

Thank FrequentGuest253
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

FrequentGuest253, Thank you for the great review! Kris is a true leader and we are so proud to have him as part of our team! Join us for Top Shelf Tuesday to get even more deals! All of our tequila $12 and over is half...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017

This is a completely "from scratch" kitchen; every dish is prepared from start to finish in-house, and most of the ingredients are locally sourced, and very fresh. The carnitas were probably the best I've had anywhere in the States, and the accompanying sides were well...More

Thank Scott C
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Hello Scott C! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We are very proud of our scratch kitchen and bar! I am so happy that you enjoyed our braised carniatas! They have earned the title of being our most...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

The Matador is very nicely decorated. They have a nice large bar with ample seating. The food is standard Mexican cuisine. It wasn't wow or bad. I had the Street Tacos. You get five, a good variety of meats. The server was kind enough to...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Questions & Answers
19 April 2015|
Response from Justin W | Property representative |
I'm so happy that you enjoy our salsa! Unfortunately the recipe is not available to the public. However, you are able to purchase a large container of it as a to go order if you'd like!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
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
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: 721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-627-7100
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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