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Matador Cantina

4.1
215 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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Matador Cantina is located in Fullerton, California and features a menu of contemporary and tradition fusion of Mexican inspired cuisine. The restaurant has a full service bar and drink menu that features signature mojitos and margaritas. Matador Cantina is open for lunch, dinner and late night fare on the daily and offers a brunch sitting on weekends.

The dinner menu at Matador Cantina features chile verde, jalapeño bacon wrapped scallops, chicken chile relleno, steak a la plancha, grilled Mexican corn, drunken shrimp, carne asada fries, nachos, bacon wrapped street dogs and chorizo ravioli. Weekend brunch features breakfast fajitas, huevos rancheros, Matador omelet and bacon pepper jack omelet.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm
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Phone number
(714) 871-8226
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Cross street: Commonwealth
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4.1
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4.1
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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erin (Los Angeles)
4.0
Dined on May 4, 2014

Made reservations last minute for 1:30pm on a Sunday. This place was packed but with my reservation, we got a prime booth near the bar in front of the TVs. The food it pretty good- I had a wet carne asada burrito that was massive. The bf had the steak and eggs. The steak was a bit overcooked but still flavorful. We also got a pitcher of the "manmosa" which is Blue Moon + orange flavored vodka. So good!!!

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SeeYa (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on April 27, 2014

This restaurant will be one of our new favorites. Apparently it was voted best Mexican food in Fullerton(?) And I would agree. Food for Sunday brunch was very good. The chilaquiles were one of the best...and a huge portion, the French toast was fabulous, omelette was good but routine. Service was very efficient but not friendly, certainly acceptable for a busy time (I'll take efficient any day!)

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on April 23, 2014

Just god food hot perty and delicious nice ser vice and TVE best mojitos e ver drink..

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined on April 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined on April 12, 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.

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vipIcybreeze (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on April 11, 2014

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.

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HighlandMommy (Denver)
3.0
Dined on March 7, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on February 24, 2014

Matador is now my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is great and the Margaritas are excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on February 15, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on February 14, 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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 5pm-11pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm
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Cross street
Commonwealth
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(714) 871-8226
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Entertainment
Live entertainment featured nightly
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Catering
Full catering menu available.
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Parking details
Free, public parking in City lots with street parking.
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Public transit
One block from Fullerton Transportation Center featuring Amtrak, MetroLink and many OCTA bus lines
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Executive chef
David Dennis
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine