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The Matador

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1438 23rd Ave. NW, Portland, OR 97210-2616
+1 503-228-2855
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Wyoming
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72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Portland with family and ate at Matador twice--which should tell you that we liked it so much the first time we went back. The carne asada in both the taco and grilled format is excellent. I had a bartender's margarita which was excellent and large. The waitress was very busy but managed to keep... More 

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Thank Liz D
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the compliments Liz! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visits with us, we can't wait to see you back! Best, More 

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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395 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very good Mexican restaurant. I started with a beer and the grilled Jalapeno with goat cheese appetizer. Great jalapenos and I will absolutely order them again the next time I am here. For my meal I had the carnitas, which were well cooked and very tasty. Nice atmosphere and good service; and overall a very nice dining... More 

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Thank Kevin S
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Kevin! One of my favorite dishes is our Enchiladas Verdes with the Carnitas. I hope you visit us again soon. Best, More 

Southern Oregon
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a very popular place and it is very noisy. My wife like the margarita but I found the food to be bland for a supposedly Mexican style restaurant.

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Portland Oregon
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful, hearty appetizers. Not your usual appetizer food. Very impressive, unique dishes. Excellent margaritas. Excellent service! Fun decor. Easier to park than other areas of 23rd.

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Thank teriPortlandOregon
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! I will pass along the kind words to my team, it means a lot to us. We hope to see you again very soon. Best, Kristina Schulte More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

This review is for the East Burnside restaurant. Our waiter, Jonathon, was friendly and attentive. The chips were crisp and tasted freshly made. We had several dishes from the Happy Hour menu and enjoyed them all. They had a good tequila selection and surprised me by having a particular tequila that few restaurants carry. Overall, delicious and fun. Looking forward... More 

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Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! I'm so glad that we impressed you with our service, food and extensive tequila menu. Every Tuesday we sell our tequilas that are $12+ for half off for Top Shelf Tuesday. We hope to see you again soon! Best, Kristina Schulte More 

San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

From the service to the Carne Asada, the good vibes followed into the delish food! Asked for a few subs on our meals and the kitchen nailed it! Team was pleasant and efficient. Big gratitude!

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Thank Analisa N
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you Analisa! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and that we were able to accommodate your modifications on your food. I will pass the kind words along to my team. Best, Kristina Schulte More 

Grants Pass, Oregon
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Oh my gosh! Amazing flavor palette. Excellent service. We sat outside on this beautiful evening. This is a serious gem on NW 23rd. The shrimp salad was so flavorful and fresh. Gluten free/dairy free. Tasty!!! We will return on our next visit.

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Thank jz_girl7
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience so much. We look forward to seeing you soon! Best, Kristina Schulte More 

Dickinson, Texas
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99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

The service was excellent and the food very good. The breads tasted fresh made, and the guacamole was a cut above. It has a more upscale decor than some with a Latin motif. Very enjoyable.

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Thank Pilgrim50
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words! We run a fresh-from-scratch kitchen, I am so happy to hear that you could tell. We hope to see you again soon. Best, Kristina Schulte More 

Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We came for lunch. The service was great and all of the meals were delicious and extremely filling! I had a margarita and they are really strong! The endless corn chips and salsa were also delicious. Highly recommended and would definitely visit again!

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London, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

We stopped here for lunch after exploring the lovely Nob Hill area. It's a big place which I imagine can get quite noisy when it's busy. We shared grilled carne asada tacos and enchiladas rojas - both quite good, but didn't blow us away. Hubby grew up on Tex-Mex and liked it, but it definitely tasted more Tex-Mex than the... More 

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Thank Satkinson1
Kristina S, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We do indeed identify as Tex-mex, it gives us some creative license! We hope to see you and your husband again soon. Best, Kristina Schulte More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Bar, Spanish, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1438 23rd Ave. NW, Portland, OR 97210-2616
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: +1 503-228-2855

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?