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The Matador

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub
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721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
+1 253-627-7100
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11:00 - 02:00
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Seattle
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is excellent. Service is attentive without smothering you. Very well priced, especially during happy hour. We did find that it is to dark to read the menu well, we had to use our cell phones to read the menu. We also felt that over the evening the music got louder I found myself leaning in to hear... More 

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Thank stang55
Seattle WA
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is great, ambiance is excellent, and price is very reasonable (especially if you come in during happy hour!). My wife would definitely be back!

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Thank Guaping
Tacoma, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

always friendly and always have great food. one of the very best margaritas around. have been there for lunch on several occasions

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Thank ricko1212
Tacoma, Washington
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This was a great stop for a business lunch. I later discovered from a customer that it is also a favorite for locals looking for a fun place for drinks and dinner. I had the taco salad and it was very unique and wonderful. I totally would have it again. We had lunch in the bar which was perfect for... More 

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Thank 718linda
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

First time here with my husband on a Saturday. Got here around 4:30 pm and already a wait for 30 minutes. Experience was pleasant. I had the pork carnitas and my husband had the grilled carne asada. Waited was very accommodating to food sensitivities. Served us well. Food was amazing. One thing I will say is that conversation was a... More 

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Thank Karen F
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere. Make reservations. Margaritas & fish tacos are a favorite as well as the nachos. Sitting by the fire adds a nice touch as well.

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Thank Sheryl M
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Sheryl, Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We take a lot of pride in our scratch kitchen and bar, and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed what we had to offer. While we don't accept reservations, it is always nice to grab a cocktail from the bar and wait by the fire for a... More 

Bonney Lake, Washington
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We love coming to The Matador in Tacoma for date nights. The happy hour deals are great and we've never had a bad margarita (from the Tacoma location, at least).

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Thank Christopher J
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Christopher, Thank you so much for the great review! Join us on any Tuesday for more deals, when all of our tequilas that are $12 or more are half off! Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

SeaTac, Washington
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We have been to The Matador a few times since we moved to Tacoma in 2016. It is much better than any of the other Mexican/Spanish restaurants we have visited so far. The drinks are also very good. Plan on a wait, though, as it is very popular -- especially on the weekend.

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Thank RoseCityTraveler626
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Hello RoseCityTraveler, Thank you so much for the review! We are able to take a lot of pride in our scratch kitchen and bar, so I am very happy you are enjoying the food and drinks! Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

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141 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Matador on Christmas eve day before going skating downtown. We were surprised to see that it was easy to seat 6 people immediately. The service was impeccable. The food was outstanding and the drinks were perfectly poured. Keep in mind that Matador is a little spicier than your average Mexican restaurant in an excellent way. I would definitely... More 

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Thank Vince C
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Vince, Thank you so much for your review! I will be passing along your complements to our chef and the rest of the team. Come down for happy hour sometime! It is everyday from 4PM-6PM and again from 10PM-1AM! Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

Tacoma, United States
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Cozy. The best Tortilla soup you can get. Pieces if chicken, rich broth, well spiced. Bits of avocado. Wonderful. Vegetarian quesadilla reslly tastey, too. Good service. Lucky to have this restaurant here.

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Thank Linda T
Robin C, General Manager at The Matador, responded to this review

Linda, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! The Tortilla Soup is also one of my favorites! I hope you can make it in for Happy Hour, where our soup and many other items are discounted. Cheers! Robin Cassidy General Manager Tacoma Matador More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
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: 721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402-5207
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Tacoma
  • Phone Number: +1 253-627-7100
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?