Matador

3.9
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518 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

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About

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. The area's 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. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Bar
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:00 am
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Phone number
(610) 688-6282
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matthew Pressler
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lancaster Avenue
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Parking details
Meter Parking. Free after 6pm
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Entertainment
Live Flamenco dancers every second Saturday of the month. Check out our Facebook or website for up to date information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 518 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.7
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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A
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love the place and the food is amazing ! Our waitress however was not the best this time. We brought friends to try it and they didn’t get the best impression when our appetizers showed up with the dinners and then we couldn’t get our check at the end. Better luck next time !

PJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner for 2 on a Friday evening. The restaurant was not very crowded, so the noise level was quiet. We enjoyed a range of tapas for our meal, with very helpful input from our server. We have been to Matador before, and we look forward to returning.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good, but service was very slow and inattentive.

k
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Waited for almost a half hour for waters. Service was terribly slow and the food was unremarkable. The pork tacos completely fell apart.

MH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious tapas and great drinks made it a special birthday celebration!

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I've had good experiences here previously but this last time was a fail. The chicken in my enchilada was rubbery and tasted microwaved. My husband commented his chicken was an odd texture as well. When I commented to the waitress she said she "wished there was something she could do about it" and walked away. Honestly, I was stunned by this response. There was no asking if I'd like something else, or if she could send it back, etc. Because we had to be somewhere, and it was late, I didn't cause a fuss and didn't want to wait for another meal to be made so I dropped it. I just won't be returning!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The restaurant was extremely HOT and uncomfortable. The ac must have been broken.... We came for the seafood paella. Sadly, they must have changed the recipe. No lobster or langostinos any more! The new recipe was okay but not worth another trip. Guess I’ll be looking for another restaurant that serves seafood paella.
We had tapas too. Those were very good. But the place was so hot and muggy, it was really uncomfortable.

E
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roast suckling pig and Sangria were amazing! Matador can be inconsistent, but this night everything, including service and our outside table, were perfect!

B
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Guacamole was excellent done at tableside but chips were too salty. Octopus in octopus appetizer was too fatty. Crab cake appetizer was delicious. Chicken quesadilla was good but much smaller than last time I had it. Was first introduced to Liquor 43 at Matadors but they didn't have any for my drink. Last time I was there I wanted to try a port and they didn't have any. I really like the restaurant but it seems to be slipping.

T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food did not have much flavor and was underseasoned. The spinach was drowned in butter. The menu is diverse but nothing is done well. Disappointing

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They ran out of pulled pork on a Saturday evening at 5pm. Waitress was nowhere to be found after our food was delivered to our table!

m
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice neighborhood place to go.

g
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Meridith was excellent

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Went for tapas and a drink with a coworker. Was overall disappointed in the food (Fairly oily, odd portion sizes, dry chicken) as well as the fact that their happy hour online does not match what is offered in person. Other than that, the server was nice and sitting outdoors was a good experience.

P
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Solid drinks, portions a bit small, but tasty.

JR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place but a bit overpriced for what we ordered.

SD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect place for a lovely mother’s day brunch. The food was excellent and service very friendly.

F
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Brunch was not good. Presentation and quality of the food questionable. Fully staffed yet only saw server a few times.

M
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

We ate on Saturday so may have been busier because of Mother’s Day weekend. Very slow my husband ordered a burrito and daughter had chicken fingers n fries. Their food came and daughters dessert before my shrimp fajitas. Once food came was very good. Just timing was horrible.

K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Friendly service. It was a little loud and could not hear people talking to you.

C
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great dining place for us dine on out 12th Anniversary.

The tapas, wine, wait service and overall ambiance suited our tastes.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was as we expected, and the ambience was very nice. But the service was simply dreadful, from mistaken orders (at many tables!) to incredibly slow response. A frustrating experience.

l
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and margaritas are always delicious. It was a quiet Monday night. It's a bit glarey upstairs. It's the best Mexican restaurant on the Main Line.

CC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

It was disappointing that Matador got rid of the majority of their Tapas items. I was the best part of the place

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Absolutely terrible, Unattentive service

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L
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, great food.

LS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We dined the night of a Villanova basketball game and Saturday before St. Patrick's day so it was likely more rowdy than a typical Saturday dinner. We enjoyed the meal and decor very much.

BD
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Very cool dining room and setting. Overall good place to grab a meal and not over priced. Get the key lime pie - awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My date and I visited Matador on a Sunday evening. We were the only two people in the dining area upstairs. Needless to say, the noise level was low. The staff were friendly and accommodating. Overall, the food was good - basic Spanish cuisine. I had the fish tacos that came with a bed of rice and black beans. The food was well seasoned. The fried fish tacos put me in the mindset of eating fish sticks for some reason. I would recommend this as a nice place to grab a quick bite to eat and chat over a meal. You will leave feeling satisfied.

P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I visited this restaurant for the first time earlier this week and enjoyed a great experience there. The potato brava and Garbanzos con Espinacas Tapas we ordered were very delicious. We also had the vegetarian paella which looked and was very appetizing. The service was quick and the waiter was very friendly and knowledgable about the menu and guided our selections as we are vegetarians - his suggestions turned out to be great! I felt the items were a bit overpriced but we do plan to go there again despite the prices!

P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious lunch. Great food. Excellent, cheerful, knowledgeable service. Pleasant environment. Easy nearby parking. Looking forward to my next visit.

v
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Went for Valentines Day. Food came out very slowly and overdone. What we had wasn’t very flavorful and told the server we weren’t interested in the rest of the meal. Just paid for what we had.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We never got our first course, and main course and drinks took 45 minutes.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was so good and the staff is very nice

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience5

They served me RAW chicken. They said they would bring a new one and never did. We asked our server for refills on drinks and more bread (we never got chips so we kept asking for break to dip....also we were hungry because they took our raw chicken away and never replaced it) our meal was still $60 and we left very hungry. We left there and had to have a second dinner. Awful experience.

PS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was mixed - 1 dish was perfect, 1 was so-so. Entrees were not ready at the same time....one came out 10 minutes before the other. Service was very slow - getting the bill stretched out for 20 minutes. Overall, I don't think I'll be back.

s
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

malgres une confirmation de votre site ainsi qu une confirmation du restaurant les hôtesses étaient incapables de trouver notre reservation donc au lieu de nous donner une table pour 4 on nous a donné une table pour 2 .Au bout de 15 mn personne n est venu prendre le commande
Nous avons finalement réussi a changer de table car le restaurant n était pas plein et au bout de 30mn on nous a servi la première entree il a fallu 45 mn d attente pour la suite ,perdant patience j ai demandé a parler au manager qui s est excusé avec une excuse absolument inappropriée :il y a une party de 25 personnes donc le chef s occupe de cette table bref on vous fait comprendre que vous n existez pas Charmant
la nourriture sans intérêt
bref passer votre chemin

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A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and decor and the food was really yummy!

L
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slow Monday, but excellent attentive service. Food was delicious and table-side guacamole great.

BT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is our second time here and our first experience was better than this one. Our waitress was not very attentive to our table. Several times we needed something and she was difficult to find. It was not that she was busy....the restaurant was very quiet that evening.
Also the food was not a good as I remember. Many of the dishes were extremely salty.