Matador
Matador

Matador

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.matadorrestaurante.com/
  • Phone: 6106886282x
  • 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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Matador reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)fit for foodies (19)special occasion (17)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (12)romantic (11)great for lunch (11)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (9)notable wine list (7)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • this was the fourth time i
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    this was the fourth time i have been to matador and was disappointed with the food-it just didn't compare to the previous times i had been there and i don't think i would go again
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  • Excellent experience! Food
    SuzyTBakerVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Excellent experience! Food was fantasic; I recommend the mushrooms in truffle oil tapas. The service was terrific. The server gave us great recommendations and was spot on with her choices!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice night out
    Lark
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    My husband and I had a nice dinner at matador. The salads we started off with were excellent. We chose 4 tapas to share. They were all nicely presented. The plates by the way are colorful and fun! The tapas were very good, nice taste changes from our usual American food
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Left wondering!
    Chickie
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    This was my second visit to Matador. First time was very pleasant. This time, not so! We were seated at a table adjacent to a party of ten. We were three. The second floor was empty. We moved to the window area. The waiter was unable to articulate the description of the menu items and when the selections arrived, we were very disappointed. They looked like an afterthought. The best thing we ordered was the Sangria. It was very good. Coffee was stale and lukewarm, the dessert (fried dough) were passable. Won't be returning.
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  • Fun Find
    Coach
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Matador was a terrific after movie spot in Wayne. There is outside dining as well as upstairs and main floor dining inside. Our experience was enhanced by a GREAT waitress who quickly took our drink orders and told us about the daily specials. All four of us ordered different dishes and all were good. I would put Matador right at the top of my list of local go-to restaurants!
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    bobsmojoVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    This was my first time at the Matador. I had heard they made their guacomoli right your table - and the do - however it was basically a girl squashing up 2 avovados and squeezing a lime while mixing...that was it....not too inspired. We tried 4 small dishes and they were OK, but not great. They do have a great tequila and wine selection. Overall, my expectation was higher than my experience, and I doubt I'll return as there are numerous other better places.
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  • Great for a relaxed scene
    ERF123
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Great for a relaxed scene on a week day in town. Food came out fast and server was great.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great. Service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Food was great. Service was very slow despite that it was not busy. Waiter did not tell us the specials or make any recommendations and seemed generally unorganized. We ordered our own drinks directly from the bar.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We sat outside, was nice albeit
    lykeagoodmeal
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    We sat outside, was nice albeit a bit busy with sidewalk traffic. Food was good and came out quickly. Look forward to stopping back!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My girlfriend and I came here
    Sallen99VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    My girlfriend and I came here for dinner and drinks. The drinks were fantastic. She had a classic mojito and the Diablo, and I had a draft beer and a jalapeño-infused drink. They were great. I would come back for the bar. Dinner was not as impressive. Thankfully someone recommended the guacamole, which was creamy and delicious. The champiñones con verde (mushrooms) were also great. She ordered the garbanzos con espinaca (chickpeas three ways with spinach). It tasted gross and we would NOT recommend. I ordered gambas a la blancha. The aioli was not appetizing. I would not return for dinner at Matador. 2/4 plates were left uneaten. I might go back for drinks and snacks.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Little portions, BIG prices
    LoLoVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2013
    All our dishes were delicious but after you have had 3-4 dishes each, and diet cokes, and walk away with a bill of $85/couple, you realize this was not just a "let's meet for a casual dinner" place but an expensive proposition. That price was without alcohol and without dessert! We've decided too much money for too little. And the food comes at you so quickly that you feel that your table has already been assigned to someone else!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Glad I tried it.
    Mike
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    We had a great time. Food was very good. Service was attentive. Margaritas were amazing.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    BYOBUP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    The stuffed peppers were great, Flatbread was weak, Guac was amazing, and the drinks were not that good. I recommend going there and getting the stuffed peppers and Guac and an M-Rita or Mojito. The specialty drinks were not good at all and the Flatbread meals were not that great due to the dough. Almost seemed like a store bought piece of Indian Naan. I'll go back and now I know what to order.
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  • Good Experience
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    What a great restaurant in Wayne. Hostess was professional, happy to be at work and very accommodating. Prompt service. Lunch and dessert was small but at the same time filling. Ordered Chicken Enchiladas and sorbet, it is hours later and still full. Will be back to this new find.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One thing is better than the next
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    If you love unique food with fresh simple favors thi is your place.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Horrible expereience
    patrick
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    Let's see..15 minutes before we had water..40 minutes before our cocktails were delivered (after 3 requests)...two tapas dishes ordered and never served..Pitcher of Sangria never came becuse they ran out of pitchers... 4 separate apologies by the waiter who said he would speak to the manager about an adjustment..not one word from the manager. Stay away from this establishment.
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  • great tapas food
    ltd58
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Had a great birthday celebration here. Lots of great tapas selections and our waiter had a lot of good suggestions which were delicious. Had a variety of seafood (crab, lobster) as well as pork, steak and chicken tapas that were all great wit interesting sauces. Was a bit pricey but a good place to celebrate a special occasion.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Not That Good
    GemNoMoreVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Looked good from the outside. Food was subpar and tapas were overpriced. Some places just do noit get want tapas are supposed to be. There are small plates of something but you cannot charge $12 to $14 for tapas. At that point, they are appetizers and portions shouls be bigger. Some restaurants try but just cannot get the right formula of size and price. Of course, the food lacked flavor, so didn't matter anyway. Outdoor seating is terrible. Four two top tables are so close together the servers cannot even get to inside tables. They need to take two of those comepletely away. Too close to others, patrons bang chairs, so close you could pick food off the table next to you. Would not go again.............not that good!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Food Fab Portions eh...
    EsterBunny
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    The food was fabulous, flavorful and unique. Unfortunately, the tapas portions barely gave 1 a taste let alone share. The salad portions were small as well. The desserts and sangria were delicious and right sized. Not sure about a meal here again, but happy hour after the nightly train ride would be perfect.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish! Great food, Fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    delish! Great food, Fresh guacamole made table side! Excellent restaurant, we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Food was great, some options too rich with butter and/oil but still very tasty. Waitress was great, timely and not obtrusive, and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The guacamole had very little
    MyraAOVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    The guacamole had very little flavor. It was more like just mashed avocado. The calamari was tastey but too salty. The flan was a bit heavy. I was expecting better.
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  • Ehh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I've been here 3 times now- twice for dinner. Food is ok; service is good. I've always left hungry. It's difficult in a group to gauge how much food is enough- I guess? A couple only dinner may yield better results.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for Mexican fare
    wsm314VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    We totally enjoyed our dinner here! It was a weeknight, so it was fairly quiet, although the bar area was lively. We enjoyed trying different entrees from the tapas menu. The waitress was very helpful & attentive, the food came out in perfect time. Food was great! Will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We celebrated Mother's Day at the Matador and it was our first time at the restaurant. Our time there was great. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Our server, Matt, was very knowledgeable about the menu and his suggestions were spot on! My six yearold exclaimed that it was his favorite restaurant. The guacamole prepared at the table was great too. Great food, great service. We will be back. A must to visit!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epic Fail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Service was awful. If you don't like your table, you cannot ask to switch tables as they are already assigned and the hostess is not able to change the assignments. Food was OK until our chicken on skewers came out PINK. They took the chicken back but didn't seem to care. My margarita was like water. If you want Tapas, go elsewhere. If you're in Wayne, go to Theresa's or Christophers.
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  • Always great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Great food, beautiful restaurant, amazing ambiance and night scene, a must go place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    The food was very good and the seriice was great. We are from out of town so we probably won't go back.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Authentic and spot on!
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Food is fresh and is spot on authentic. If you want to taste fresh, true Mexican delights - pop in any day they're open for a great lunch, dinner or late night snack!
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • Very enjoyable experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Very enjoyable experience. Food was superb, but a little slow getting to us. Even so, not an inconvenience because when it arrived it was hot and delicious. We would definitely recommend Matador.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • our waitress was not only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    our waitress was not only cute & fun but also quite knowledgable! food was great...the philosophy behind the Spanish tapas scene has been speeded up for American life but slowing down to enjoy this gem is quite worthwhile!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • This was my first time at
    SuzyTBakerVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    This was my first time at the Matador. I have to say that I was very happy with the experience. The food was delious. My friend and I had the Tapas. We each ordered 3 different tapas and shared. I highly recommend the wild mushroom tapas; it was excellent! I will say that the service was good except that the waitress was a bit frazzled. She made it known to us that she was the only waitress on for the lunch crowd. Not really what a diner wants to hear as they are sitting down to a meal!The restaurant was nicely decorated. One bit of advice about the parking: bring quarters for the meters as this is the only parking available.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I prefer the Matador dinner
    KimPa
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    I prefer the Matador dinner scene over lunch service. Although sitting down for two hours can be expected and appreciated at dinner, it can not for lunch.
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    good for groups
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  • Delicious! And, I would highly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Delicious! And, I would highly recommend the suckling pig.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Margaritas were great. Salads
    Hazelnuts
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Margaritas were great. Salads too. The crab/mango/avocado quesadilla was underwhelming; showed up as four little triangles on a plate. A very lonely looking dish.
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  • The food was great, it was
    Mary
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The food was great, it was fresh and well cooked. The only problem was the drinks, for a restaurant that claimed to be a tequilla bar I hoped they would use some tequila in the margaritas. The drinks were very watered down.
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  • Good Food, Pricey Drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    The food at Matador was very good and priced right but the cost of the drinks will really keep me from making this a place to eat regularly. We arrived a little early for our reservation so we both had a drink before we were seated which cost $30. These were their house drinks and I thought the $90 Bizillionare Margarita listed on the drink menu was pretty comical. Maybe a tequila expert would argue that the tequila flights and drinks are priced right but I doubt it.
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    special occasion, hot spot
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  • Super fresh, super flavors!
    JB22VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Popped in for a business lunch on Friday. Host, wait and kitchen staff sparkled. Didn't stray too far from what you know has got to work - and it does at Matador - Nachos and Baked Shrimp in Garlic/Hot Chili Peper Oil with toast points for apps - were amazing - super fresh - super pop in flavor! Had the fish and my guest has the steak tacos. Spot on - delish! I'll be back for dinner soon and a lot more plates to sample!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The flour tortilla quesadilla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    The flour tortilla quesadilla was not toasted/fried- it was just raw and uninteresting compared to the traditional way of serving it. Home made guac and chips were good.
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  • We were seated 45 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We were seated 45 minutes after our reservation time on a table too small for our party. Food, although mostly good (we ordered appetizers and entrees, no tapas) took an unreasonable amount of time to arrive. 2 people in our party actually ordered the exact same entree only to have them arrive 30 minutes apart. I really don't understand how this is possible. Having visited Spain on many occasions I am used to the slower European style dining pace but over 3 hours for a 2 course dinner is unacceptable. I am extremely disappointed as I really wanted to like this place. I shall not be returning.
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