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El Matador

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2564 Ogden Ave, Ogden, UT 84401-2413
+1 801-393-3151
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I can't tell you how many time i have eaten at El Matador but it is a lot. Since as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed eating here. It is almost a staple for me and my family. It is comfort food. I get the same thing every time, the El Matador, but the Salsa is to die... More 

Thank BYUcougars1
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Chips are from Walmart, salsa is Pace Picante from the jug, taco shells are out of the box also. The beans were crusty, the rice was crunchy. Service was slow and there were 3 birthdays where the staff encouraged everyone to sing to these people over and over and over. On a side note, hostess didn't wash her hands once... More 

Thank Donald S
Plain City
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Service was pretty good considering they were pretty busy. I ordered tacos and a tamale. The shells for the tacos were of the Ortega taco shell variety. I expected better. The tacos at Rancherito's are much better and the shells are deep fried. The tamale was ok but the flour (not corn) was dry. Meat portions were pretty good and... More 

Thank Curtis B
Kankakee, Illinois
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. Excellent food..prices are reasonable. Never had a bad experience here. Family friendly. This place is usually busy so don't go when in a hurry.

Thank Joan W
Sandy, Utah
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Order #11. 1 cheese enchilada, 1 chili rellano, rice and beans. also a house margarita blended with salt. One of 4 orders placed from our table. When we arrived 2 other couples came in at the same time as we did. We received chips and warm salsa with shredded cheese in a separate bowl right away. We placed our cocktail... More 

1 Thank Kimberly L
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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115 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We lived near here a few decades ago and wound up back in town. We decided to go to our old favorite El Matador! I've not had cheese in my salsa any place else! I was sad their blueberry sopapillas are no more...but the honey sopapilla dots were really delicious! We tried a number of meals--mamacita, La Famosa, Durango etc.... More 

Thank randomadventurer13
Raleigh, North Carolina
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140 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Salsa recipe seems to have changed, and we couldn't get white queso. Portions are quite large, should really consider lunch sized ones for the middle of the day.

Thank kldj13
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Long day sight seeing wanted to try local mexican fare. Very hot in the building loud and dark. We went at 7:00 on a monday night. Had to wait 15minutes with a reservation. Orders were mixed up and given to the wrong people at the table. Food was ok. Not the best but not the worst we have had.

Thank momof3usa
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

As always the food was delicious. The waitress assigned to our table was not available, so another waitress took care of us. She was very busy, with her own customers, but took the time to take care of us. We enjoy visiting this restaurant knowing that we will receive good service and good food Les Talbot

Thank Lester T
Raleigh, North Carolina
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140 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We come here for sentimental reasons when we visit Utah because our mom worked here as a teenager. The chips need to be overhauled - something thinner, larger, and warmed up. Also, consider adding queso dip. Just cheese in the salsa isn't for everyone. The portions were quite generous, and we enjoyed the main course very much. The steak chimichanga... More 

Thank kldj13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2564 Ogden Ave, Ogden, UT 84401-2413
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Wasatch Range  >  Ogden
  • Phone Number: +1 801-393-3151

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