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Paseo Los Marinos esq. | Balandra y Portaviones Col. El Chamizal, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
+52 624 157 0443
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Cabo, Palmilla
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Matador is off the beaten path. I suggest taking a taxi. The restaurant is located in a residential neighborhood. It has a beautiful outdoor patio in the back. The owner of the Establishment is semi-retired Matador and showed us his style while we were having dinner. You will find lots of local here.

Thank CasaGloria
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the information to our readers certainly very useful, we appreciate your support, gracias. More 

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194 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For a restaurant with such strong reviews, it's Amazing how few cabbies knew it. That said, it was awesome. Service was super friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. We had the chateaubriand for two, the tuna, two orders of the octopus starter, the tuna carpaccio and all of the desserts. Nothing disappointed and the steak was outstanding. So was... More 

Thank Seaurchineceviche
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias!! More 

carefree az
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65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Romantic beautiful courtyard setting and outstanding food and service in an out of the way residential setting in this town of phenomenal restaurants. We go every year.

Thank sunsfanatic
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you for coming back and for giving us your review, muchas gracias. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Great food,great service,great setting.Pablo the owner and his talented staff make the Spanish saying,mi casa es su casa reality.The surroundings transport you back to a Spanish hacienda.All the menu offerings are superb ,and at reasonable prices.To use an old cliche a meal at El Matador should definitely be on your bucket list.

Thank 0605carl1941
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

It is a pleasure to serve you and enjoy your personality and spirit, thank you very much forever, More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

In our month in the Los Cabos area, we went to many restaurants---Mona Lisa(overrated), 7 Seas (microwaved food) Romeo and Julietta's (music way too loud)--just to mention a few. El Matador stands in a class by itself. Do not be put off by its out of the way location in San Jose del Cabo. It is worth finding. The elegant... More 

Thank m1128jm17
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and opinion is a complement which comforts us, we are pleased to be able to serve you and look forward to your return, gracias. More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Very much like walking into someone's home this quaint location with backyard outside seating is the Jewell of San Jose del Cabo. Great food, ambiance and the owner is present making it all happen including a demonstration of his past bull fighting skills. The Ted snapper was the best ! Great menu !

Thank Brent B
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

The restaurant is a very arduous job, you can earn little more or less money than in other businesses, but the real reward is to see the customers satisfied, thank you very much. More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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140 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This was our 9th visit to El Matador--always as the special treat on our family's visit. It has been a high point of each of our last 9 visits to San Jose, so we know the menu--everything is excellent; it just depends on what you like or feel like trying. Appetizers: We like the tuna carpaccio, the coconut shrimp and... More 

Thank bugdr11
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

I remember your first visit, there is nothing more pleasant for a restaurateur than to see the customers return again and again, my most sincere thanks, our 10th anniversary of culinary friendship will be plethoric, thank you. More 

Whitehorse, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We went for dinner here on a Monday night and had THE best dining experience of all in San Jose del Cabo. Starting with the ambience I can say that it was interesting, intimate and comfortable. The service was top notch from ALL staff and the matador stopped by our table twice. The food was absolutely incredible. We started with... More 

Thank mskatjea
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

We are grateful to receive such intense comments is the best payment to the intensity of our work, thank you very much. More 

Los Angeles
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225 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We were sad when Damiana closed in downtown San Jose many years ago because it had that wonderful interior courtyard charm, super margaritas and the best seafood around. But now we finally have found a superb and perfect replacement in El Matador. The interior courtyard is classic, a wonderful outdoor garden with an excellent ambience, service, with outstanding Mexican fare... More 

Thank rohbogen
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

I was lucky enough to eat at Damiana, Ivan's, Pietro, Añuiti, Giorgio and some pioneering restaurants of that time, certainly El Matador has a little of each of them, we share the same feeling, thank you for your review and hope to see you soon, More 

Washington DC
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The food was excellent, the matador spoke to us, talked about his bullfighting experience. He even pulled out his cape and showed us his skills firsthand

Thank Mark S
pabloelmatador, Owner at El Matador, responded to this review

Thank you very much, I am glad people get interesting about tauromaquia, gracias. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Mexican, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?