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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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Overview
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“chateaubriand” (24 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (29 reviews)
“caesar salad” (38 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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11 - 20 of 408 reviews

Reviewed 9 May 2017

I ordered the New York strip. They brought me the whole New York stirp loin and I told them how many inches I wanted for dinner. I ordered the strip rare and it was prepared perfectly!!. Warm on the outside and cool in the center....More

Thank GLF-NUTT
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thanks for your visit! We wait for you soon! It was a pleasure.

Reviewed 9 May 2017

I had rack of lamb that was fabulous. Nice char on the outside, tender, juicy and pink on the inside. Sea scallop appetizer was served in 8 little tea cups just big enough for a small scallop, butter sauce and one crouton. Unique. Quiet subdued...More

Thank richardnA4872HZ
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

It is wonderful to know that you were satisfied with our service and inspired to that romantic dance that stopped the time in the courtyard. Thank you for your visit!

Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a great date night here last night. The New York Steak and Lamb were cooked to perfection and served by the friendliest staff. Will definitely return.

Thank CameronKimball
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

It will always be a pleasure to receive you. We are very grateful for your visit. The Matador Restaurant's team sends you greetings.

Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Took a few zigs and zags to get there. Upon walking through the house and kitchen you emerge on this enchanting garden. It is like you step away from the hustle and bustle to just relax and enjoy. Service friendly and attentive. Food prepared with...More

Thank Kathy P
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Love is our special ingredient. Thank you for choosing our place to close your vacation trip. We are very happy to have met your expectations. We hope to see you soon. Have a nice homecoming.

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Second time to El Matador. During our first visit I gave them the benefit of the doubt and rated them highly based upon what other reviewers had to say. My dinner, rack of lamb, was way overcooked. Second time around, we were hoping for a...More

1  Thank CDS19
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

"Mr. I do not understand your complaint about the food because my daughter on her first day of manager came to your table to ask how the food was and you said everything was fine and upon leaving the plate clean we assumed that it...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017

My husband loved his steak and how they bring it out, weigh it and cut it and he said it was perfectly done! One of his best served steaks he has had! I had a chicken dish that was great as well!...The Cesar salad is...More

1  Thank LMD331
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017
Google Translation

Muchas gracias, mi casa es su casa,,,

Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

Our visit to El Matador was one of the highlights of our visit to San Jose del Cabo. First, Pablo and his excellent staff are the best dinner hosts in Los Cabos. I had the filet mignon with chipotle sauce - excellent. My wife had...More

1  Thank GaroVirginia
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

It is very gratifying your opinion especially to make mention of our team, the staff thank you for your sensitivity which is the source of energy to continue providing satisfaction,

Reviewed 20 April 2017

The reviews are correct. Over the top service. Extremely good food. Worth the effort to get there Nice atmosphere with a well put together menu of food

Thank PlainsTraveler975
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for giving credit to our work which is to satisfy the highest expectations of our guests,

Reviewed 19 April 2017

Absolutely loved our meal there - WILL DEFINITELY go again. We had such a nice dinner there. The ambiance is lovely, the service was top notch and the food was over the top. We had the tortilla soup, scallops and coconut prawns as a starter...More

Thank katjea
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

It is an honor to read your comment so detailed and we are also proud to conquer your culinary senses, thank you and hope to see you soon,

Reviewed 15 April 2017

Our first visit but an experience to remember. Not only was the food superb, but the ambiance under the stars plus the owner and matador, Pablo's friendly hospitality made for a memorable experience. We will be going back many times.

Thank Barry S
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Muchas gracias, we will be here waiting for you,

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Drew T
May we make a reservation for four on Saturday June 17th At 8pm? Thanks Drew trivisonno
14 June 2017|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Sure! Your reservation is confirmed. Gracias!
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Ray L
How much should I expect to spend on a meal for 2 with a couple of bottles of wine?
5 June 2017|
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Response from PlainsTraveler975 | Reviewed this property |
I would estimate $150, maybe $200 depending on the quality of the wine.
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rachellebrandon
Is this kid friendly?
31 May 2017|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Yes! We love kids, any age.
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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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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
  • E-mail
Description
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.
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