Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Matador Cantina

  • Online Reservations

Matador Cantina
Matador Cantina

Matador Cantina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thematador.com/
  • Phone: (714) 871-8226
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American
  • Executive Chef: David Dennis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Full catering menu available.
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment featured nightly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Commonwealth
  • Public Transit: One block from Fullerton Transportation Center featuring Amtrak, MetroLink and many OCTA bus lines
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free, public parking in City lots with street parking.
A word from Matador Cantina
Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Fullerton, the Matador Cantina offers a fresh fusion of traditional and contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine, as well as a full bar with premium tequilas and signature Margaritas. In addition to fresh house-made sangria, the Matador also features a boutique selection of Spanish, Californian, and South American wines. Guests may dine in cozy leather booths and traditional high-top seating in the main bar/dining area, or in the lounge with wraparound leather banquette, lounge tables and cushion ottomans. Exposed historic brick walls, hand-made wrought iron chandeliers, and an impressive candle-lit wall creates a warm and decidedly intimate ambiance. Original oil-on-canvas paintings and a magnificent iron bullhead statuette further hint to the space’s extraordinary décor. Ample and convenient parking located at the rear of the restaurant off Commonwealth Avenue. Open for Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, and late night.Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "I was in the area, so looked on Open Table for places with openings nearby. This place had good reviews and an opening about 45 minutes out, so I made a reservation. When we got there, the hostess was snippy about it being "short notice" and said we couldn't have a table - only bar seating (small high top with stools... not at all comfortable). Service from the waitress was good - she was really nice. Food was fine. Everything tasted good, but wasn't anything remarkable. I had cheese enchiladas, which had a really good sauce. The beans and rice I didn't much care for. We also got the croissant churros, which were interesting. A little on the greasy side, but not bad. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We're not from LA, but were hoping to find some good mexican food while we were out here on vacation. We visited some other Mexican places recommended by friends in the area, and this place was better than all of them. Not the best mexican food I've had, but definitely up there. Plus, we were able to watch the baseball game while we ate."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "While this place is great for appetizers and drinks, a plus is that it closes until 2:00 AM and the DJ does a great job mixing up today's and yesterdays top-hit music. I would come back to this place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Good menu with a lot of options. Portion sizes were not too large for Mexican food. Flavors were great. It was very loud. Hard to talk and hear in our group of four. Service was excruciatingly slow. It was about ten minutes before our server took our drink order and they took a long time to come. Once they did it was another 15 minutes for food order. Our drinks sat empty, we didn't get water refills. I don't know if they were understaffed for a Friday night but when you have to constantly look for and flag down your server it makes for a pretty lackluster dining experience. We'll try another restaurant in the area next time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Matador is now my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is great and the Margaritas are excellent."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Pretty darn good food. Killer margaritas. We got a free dessert because it was our first visit which was a welcomed surprise to end the meal. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went to Matador for Valentine's we really enjoyed the food and the service. The waiter was very attentive. The margaritas we ordered were also very good. I would definitely come back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From the first impression given by the hostess to when we were leaving, everything about the service and delicious food was fantastic! Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming! The ambiance was wonderful too! The carne asada and chicken tasted so fresh and had great flavor! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice place at a great price to eat in Downtown Fullerton!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Found this place using Google ( bottomless mimosas) and was not disappointed! Our server Erica was very helpful, nice, and kept the mimosas topped off. Fantastic service! I just think the music was a tad bit too loud... Just a tad for an early Saturday. The noise level would not deter me from coming back, in fact, it's one of my go to places now for brunch :)"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I came here with a friend for brunch on a Sunday. We were drawn in by the botomless mimosas and the fact that they were only $12, notably cheaper than some other similar offers in the area. We didn't read any reviews before hand so we didn't really have any expectations but we ended up loving it! The food was great, filling, moderately priced, and came out pretty quickly after we ordered. Our waitress waisted no time getting us started on our mimosas and she checked on us very frequently. She made sure our glasses were always full and tended to fill them more with champagne than with orange juice. Overall, a great brunch experience and I will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Awesome spot, taco Tuesday a must! Ally and Stacey were great!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "The Matador is a great local restaurant in Downtown Fullerton. They serve up gourmet Mexican food and exotic cocktails. Recommend trying the Jalapeño Margarita! Never have had anything on the food menu that I didn't like."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I haven't seen my friends for months, this was a good spot to meet up. The staff was friendly and attentive. I got a confirmation call the day before which was a good reminder for me. The day of our brunch I was 30 minutes early they still accommodated me with a table. I highly recommend the wet burrito and i tasted their french toast...to die for."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "i love this place i have gone twice and would Definitely go back as well as recommend it to others.. They have great food drinks resonable prices and their service is out standing..."
    Dined on 11/1/2013