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Matador Cantina

215 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Dennis
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Full catering menu available.
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Cross street
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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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Live entertainment featured nightly
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
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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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!!!

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!)

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

socalmtbrider (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 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!

FoodLover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 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 :)

Smalls (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 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!

Rich (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2014

Awesome spot, taco Tuesday a must! Ally and Stacey were great!

vipEric (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2013

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.