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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%
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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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1 - 10 of 445 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a very nice meal at the l Matador. I was not crazy about the decor and the margarita was just fair. I can't say we would ever go back. There to many places that are better.

Thank bayareablond
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your visit, I justo do best I can, gracias.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on our last night in San Jose. It is literally a house that has been turned into a restaurant. It is quaint and charming and just reminds me so much of what Mexico is when you get out of the typical tourist...More

Thank Alyson P
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I highly appreciate your review, the restaurant reflects my visits to brave Bulls ranches, your sentiments are greatly appreciated, gracias.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

and well worth the search! My husband and I live five months of the year on East Cape. We were invited by neighbors to join them for dinner in April. We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this experience. We dined in the courtyard which is...More

Thank TraceyFogarty
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Muchas gracias, especially for your effort to come all the way from the east cape, was very nice to meet you,

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are about to go back for our third trip over the past two months. On each previous visit, I've had the Avocado Gazpacho ... it's really different and flavorful. The fish dishes are consistently well presented and tasty. My wife and a friend split...More

Thank RobandMaryAlice
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your visit, we hope to see you again soon. All the best for you.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pablo and his wonderful team provide a fantastic experience! Do not miss this gem of a restaurant- even if you are staying in Cabo San Lucas, it is well worth the trip - in fact it is particularly worth the trip since El Matador is...More

Thank jrp31
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Fabulous description! Thank you very much for your contributions. If you allow us to complement, you can check our location on the internet, social networks and website, because as they describe, we are not located in the tourist corridor. Thank you for your visit, receive...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just stayed another week in San Jose Del Cabo and we spent two nights at our favorite restaurant. This is the best: 1) the food is great with a good combination of fish and meat plates. Pablo has created several dishes which combine the...More

Thank Antonio M
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Two nights in a week! there are no words to thank, it is wonderful to know that you have spent pleasant moments with us. Of course we are waiting for you soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had heard so much about El Matador that we chose it as our first dining spot while on vacation and were not disappointed. The restaurant is in an old house with a patio and pool and we dined poolside. The wait staff is attentive...More

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pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to take care of you and guve you our love. Have a happy stay.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unexpected, surprising, unusual, rewarding, delicious, friendly... do you want me to keep going? Don Pablo transformed himself from a first class Matador (yes, yes, he really was a Toreador, no kidding) to a first class host and designed a place that looks exactly as if...More

Thank Ccavaz67
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

That's right, you do not stay seated, it makes us very happy to see you enjoy and that the space invites you to dance, sing, to fall in love, to feel curious and creative in the trust and care of our gastronomic family. Thanks for...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our dinner was an incredible experience. The setting is perfect, so don’t be deterred by the street entrance. All four of us got a different dish, and they were all fabulous. Cooked to perfection. And prices are very reasonable! The service was wonderful. Table side...More

Thank Robin M
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your visit! Pleased to assist you. All the best for you.

Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Every trip to Cabo we dine here at least once,it is always the dinner of the vacation,We feel like family here,incredible service,the staff just wonderful. The New York strip cut to your specific size at your table is the best steak I've ever had anywhere,Coconut...More

Thank ringodog8
pabloelmatador, Propietario at El Matador, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you! I will be here in December with the pleasure of see you again, gracias!!

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dagwood1574
26 April 2018|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Hello!, We do not have a printed kids menu but we can prepare something special, for example pasta in tomato sauce, alfredo or butter and parmesan. How about some fish fingers and french fries?
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Nancy P
7 April 2018|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
Your reservation is confirmed Nancy. An apology for the inconveniences. Gracias!
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Ccavaz67
6 April 2018|
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Response from pabloelmatador | Property representative |
hello! you are welcome tonight, your reservation is confirmed. We are still working on the website, an apologize.
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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, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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