Matador
Matador

Matador

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matadorrestaurante.com/
  • Phone: (610) 688-6282
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Saturday 11:00am-2:00am
    Sunday: Brunch 10:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner- 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Bar Open til 2am every night
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Pressler
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Flamenco dancers every second Saturday of the month. Check out our Facebook or website for up to date information.
  • Special Events: Monthly wine tastings, wine dinners, tequila tastings and tequila dinners. Please check our website for up to date information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lancaster Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Meter Parking. Free after 6pm
A word from Matador
Matador is a tapas style restaurant featuring authentic Spanish and Mexican cuisine created by Chef Matthew Pressler. Providing a unique combination of outstanding food and drinks in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We have created a sophisticated space with a relaxed feel, an old world ambiance with modern touches that transports you when you walk through the door. Come in for lunch or dinner and taste our authentic small plates or our specialty entrees. Superb wine list of over 100 bottles. The areas premier and largest selection of tequilas. Now with more than 120 types of fine Tequila and Mescals, all served in the finest Reidel Tequila glassware. Try many of our fun specialty margaritas and signature cocktails. Matador is also a great place to spend your Happy Hour with free tapas. Come relax with a date or a group of friends for any occasion or special event and enjoy the great food. Also a great place to enjoy something to sip and nibble on before or after catching a movie.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Matador reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (23)fit for foodies (21)neighborhood gem (21)vibrant bar scene (15)special occasion (13)great for lunch (11)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (8)late-night find (7)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I have been to Matador several times and have to say my dinner Friday night was disappointing. The service was for lack of a better word, absent. Our waitress was not attentive at all. We ordered the calamari and it was awful. The entire plate sat on the table untouched. When our waitress finally came by to ask about boxing things up I said no thanks to the calamari since we didn't enjoy the dish. Her response? Ok...can I boc anything else? The food was just mediocre. Have to say I wouldn't rush back anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bkhmolly
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Small portion of soup which cost for $8 was over priced and when served it was not hot. Cap. and express - LUKE WARM. The wait staff was very good. The shrimp small plate was excellent. Sangria - very good. We did not think for the price, the overall meal was worth it. This was the second time we had tried this restaurant. The first time, when they first opened, it was worse and we didn't go back until a friend said it was excellent. The food is very mild so if you like spice, you will have to tell them. When we asked for hot sauce, we had to wait and they brought us a tiny amount in a small metal cup versus a bottle. Their special pork dish which the menu states is available on Friday and Saturday nights only is only available on the first Friday and Saturday of the month.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't find our Open Table Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The hostess at matador could not find the reservation that I made with matador. My reservation was 7pm on Friday 11/14. There must be wrong with their system or the communication between Open Table and Matador. I had the email confirmation from Matador on my phone and I showed that to the receptionist. She accepted that and gave us a table. I am concerned that maybe this could happen again at Matador or another restaurant and I will not get a table next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Mexican
    howard2VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Ate outside on last "Indian Summer" day, good menu, good service and terrific fajitas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    Papillon
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Advertised as Spanish tapas. Found Mexican tapas. Food was average. No reason to go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • See you next month!
    mikki4sushi
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Had planned our Girls Night here but could not change the reservation for more people. No one from Matador responded even to my email or Open Table requests. We will try next month and hope for a good experience since have been to Matador before and enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perennial Favorite
    Jnk2003
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The table-side guacamole is a must. Lots of fantastic options. We always grab a few of our favorites & try a few new items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend, so I made a reservation for a birthday celebration. We left so disappointed. While we were waiting for our table to be ready, we sat at a high top table at the bar. They never cleaned the table and we were told we needed to go to the bar to get drinks. It took us ten minutes to get his attention. When we got our Margaritas, they had very little tequila in them. We were seated upstairs at a table that was dark. To see the menu or our food we needed to use our cell phones. The service at our table was extremely poor. We eventually complained to the hostess to get better service. All in all we were very disappointed!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time to Matador
    bpe1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    and the food and service was outstanding. Shout out to Jose our server who was great...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican/Spanish Food
    Nala
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a few times and have enjoyed it every time I have gone. This place has GREAT cocktails and all the dishes I have ordered there have been very, very good. The guacamole is excellent. If you like Alma de Cuba in the city, I think this is a suburban version of it, though more laid back and not quite as upscale. Our waiter David (mexican) was very friendly and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite
    Matt
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I'm constantly finding myself comparing all Spanish style tapas restaurants to Matador. It's tough competition, Matador usually always comes out on top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Kenny
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    With all the choices now available in Wayne for dining, Matador continues to offer great Mexican food for a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again...a great experience!
    gmgirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have always enjoyed the food and service here. On this visit, we had a terrific server, Veronica, who was the perfect level of helpful and attentive without being the least bit intrusive. The food is always delicious. Favorites are the chick pea appetizer and the paella, which was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The scene is cool and trendy however the food and margaritas were over priced. Two people from our party (including myself) ordered the crab cakes and the only notable taste was salt. We both returned the crab cakes (which we never do) and reordered. I ordered a vegetable quesadilla as I do not eat meat and it was brought out with chicken. Needless to say this was returned as well and we decided to call it a night. I've heard great things about Matador and was excited to try it so I was pretty disappointed in the overall experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    For those who appreciate something other than a sandwich for lunch a tapas menu is great. For those who like the fellowship of sharing a variety of tastings with good friends a tapas menu is great. For those who enjoy flavorful, quality food the Matador Tapas menu is especially great. I've have eaten at this restaurant three times and have found high quality food and service each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good. Not great.
    Damian
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Hoping for more. Drinks were expensive and not very alcoholic. My mojito was pretty much club soda with line and mint. Wife's margarita - same problem. No tequila. Food was good, but several dishes - we ordered around 11 total for the table - were very salty. VERY SALTY. Those that weren't, were very tasty. I wish I could give it a better review because I think the potential is there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Such a nice time
    Greatdatenight
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I had a great meal---very good Sangrias--and a chance to talk and enjoy each others' company at supper the other night. The wait staff was friendly and informative. We enjoyed it all very much!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 199 reviews are from the Matador reviews archive.
  • Quiet Lunch...Perfect
    pointerbd
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This was my second visit to Matador and while much quieter than dinner visit....was still superb. The service was attentive but not intrusive and i just love the Spanish/Mexican influenced atmosphere. The table-made guacamole is a must, as is the perfectly flavored white Sangria. My chicken Caesar Salad was so different from anything I've had anywhere else and was delcious. I love this place and will keep going back. End of story.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    always enjoy bringing new people here to experience the food & the fun of Matador!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bpe1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food, great friendly service and great ambience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ole to Matador!
    pointerbd
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This place really takes the bull by the horns in its delivery of awesome drinks(try the Sangria) at the cozy wooden bar. I was instantly transported to a Spanish tapas bar with an exceptional offering of small plates, most of which are designed nicely for sharing. We opted to sit upstairs as we wanted the highly-touted tablemade guacamole (which was not offered outdoors we were told). The guac and house made chips were worth the trip in themselves. We sampled/shared a variety of tapas (including the guacamole we had 6 for the 3 of us) and were more than sufficiently full. But not so much that we didn't have room for the chocolate churros with chocolate dipping sauce- a perfect ending to a perfect meal. I cant wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter gave false information
    johnny129
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had a reservation for dinner on Friday and arrived promptly before happy hour was over. Was told that a pitcher of margaritas was a better deal than the $5 margarita happy hour special that was going on so we proceeded to order the pitcher. When we received the bill, we were charged $48 for a pitcher!!!! If we would have purchased the 5-6 happy hour margaritas (the same amount as in a pitcher) separately that would have totaled $25/$30. I feel that I was lied to and would never pay that much for a pitcher of anything. I will think twice before going back to the Matador, overpriced food and margaritas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth trying
    Popi
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We ordered the exotic mushrooms, the calamari and the skirt steak from the tapas menu. Everything was absolutely delicious, however, the portions especially the mushrooms and calamari were minuscule. For the rest of the meal the three of the four diners ordered the skirt steak fajitas which although delicious were wanting in the area of accompaniment. I ordered the crab cakes which were very tasty but somewhat pale looking. Not the best in appearance. The corn that came with the crab cakes was heavenly though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SurprisedVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We very much enjoyed Matador, and tried many of the small plates they offer. We tried everything from the skirt steak to the scallops, and every dish was tasty and enjoyable. The only disappointment was the olive selection....not a very exciting blend, and some were sour. The one drawback was the bill....not a place to go on a budget.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Stopped In
    blendedlibVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Had never been there but was checking out wayne and walked by the various restaurants. Liked the look of the menu so i made a reservation. Turned out to be really good. I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • group snacks
    Geny
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great for snacks and drinks to network and still be able to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun dinner, but a little pricey.
    Tsukuba79
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Good bar, with nice cocktail & beer selection. The dishes were all solid, and some outstanding (esp. garlic shrimp, chicken & rice with mole). As with most tapas restaurants, the tab builds quickly. Dinner for 2 was $100, including gratuities, for 2 drinks, 4 dishes, and 2 desserts. We don't usually get dessert, but it was a special occasion. Surprising mix of Mexican & Spanish dishes, but it works. Good number of offerings. Really great service; friendly & knowledgeable. Decor is a bit dated, but fine. It was quiet and half-empty, but it was a Monday night. We plan to come back, with more friends. We think 3 couples would be a good size group, for optimal sharing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guac
    psucheerVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Always love the fresh made guacamole here. The fresh salsa is a great compliment as well. I enjoy the lunch menu more than the dinner menu but that's just me. Bon appetit!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    Loud
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I'm so glad I tried Matador. What a terrific restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You gotta try it!
    Loud
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Wow! I loved this place. The food, atmosphere, and service was terrific!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but don't get the guac
    foodzVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food was tasty but the guac is just two mashed up avocados. No cilantro. No lime. No tomato. Very disappointing and also $10. Everything else was tasty...not over the top, but good. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bad brunch service
    familyof6
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been he before for dinner and had good service. The hostess was very friendly. The waitress had is and only one other table when we sat down. It took 15 minutes to get our drinks for which she didn't take till we had been at the table for almost 10 minutes already. We were getting ready to leave but it was Mothers Day and I was hungry. She also dismissed questions about the menu and only refilled coffee when asked twice. She bright extra glasses when we didn't ask for them because she tight we didn't have them, but then left them and the large menus till we asked her to clear them and she never cleared food plates. We were very disappointed. We eat out frequently and this was the wrist service I can remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful for celebrating
    PartyOf2Plus
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Went here with a party of 12 to celebrate a friend's anniversary. The staff was attentive without being pushy at all. We had some PICKY margarita drinkers in our party and they were very pleased. The food was very good. The sombrero for the couple of honor was a nice touch also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst place off the main line!
    Spanishdud
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Horrible and overpriced! Our server was pretty clueless, didn't tell us the specials and didn't know what the fresh fish of the day was. Food came out in drips and drabs and one dish was cold. All in all....👎
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A food adventure in the suburbs
    JillBVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    There's a lot to choose from at Matador from the more exotic Spanish to more familiar Mexican food. My husband and I opted for the less traditional and chose anchovies, fried goat cheese with honey, a Spanish salad blend, smoked chicken stuffed ancho chile and crabmeat, mango, and avocado flatbread. Service was perfect especially after requesting a more paced meal as we had plenty of time and didn't need to dine and dash. Everything we tried was satisfying to the palate and we topped it all off with flan for dessert. The only weak part of the meal was the wine choices we made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tapas around, hands down!
    Matt
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Been to matador more times than I can count and have never been disappointed by any dish I've ever ordered. Food is top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey - 2 doors down has
    Tom1026VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Pricey - 2 doors down has much more reasonable prices
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    gmgirl
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Went to Matador for a girls night out and had a wonderful experience. Our server, Daniel, was attentive without being intrusive and always arrived at the perfect moment for us to order another glass of wine or plate of something delicious. The tapas menu is exceptional and it's a lot of fun to order a variety and try everything. This is my third visit to Matador and it's been terrific each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    JeanVIP
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Matador has an extensive brunch menu featuring tapas as well as more traditional brunch fare including a great burger and a variety of benedicts . Bottomless mimosas and make your own Bloody Mary bar are a great addition to the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My daughter had her 16th birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My daughter had her 16th birthday at Matador. The service was amazing and she and her friends loved it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate