Matadora

4.2
457 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Wood-fired steak & spanish tapas
A modern, Spanish-inspired steakhouse with flavorful cuts, exemplary wine and bold drinks. Within a dramatic setting, Matadora blends unique Spanish dishes with classic staples for a unique, bull-stopping dining experience.
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The quality and selection have declined since before Pandemic. This was always one of my favorite tapa places but I was very disappointed this time.

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Rick
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Always a good experience with great food.
Great service was never the hallmark of this restaurant and it was especially slow and disorganized last night.
We'll be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, limited menu

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vippaulm
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Sangria too sweet

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vipScottP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipFab50
New England
37 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious tapas and such a friendly and attentive staff. We sat outside on a nice warm summer night. So relaxing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was no menu or food available. It was the hotel buffet breakfast. I am appalled that I was even able to make a reservation through Open Table when there was no food available. The menu on the restaurant website was not available upon arrival. After settling for the dried out, poor quality buffet food, I was charged over $20 per plate for the plate of awful food. Terrible experience for what was supposed to be a joyous breakfast celebration with a friend.

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vipandreac
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Great as usual…. No AC, though. Thanks to the host who seated us in front of a fan.

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vipArthurS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu but did great job having less to choose

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RCSRCS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would you recommend Matadora to a friend? Yes I would. Good Service.

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vipRobinM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Matadora is inside the Hilton, so its menu is very limited (at least at this time), with 4 entrees. The steak fritas was very good, both the hanger steak and the french fries, though the chimichurri sauce was more sharp than herby. We ate outside, which was actually nice with the shade, though it's overlooking asphalt. The waiter was great.

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RobertS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A pleasant surprise! The staff was delightful and the food was creative and delishous!

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vipRobynG
New England
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matadora had just reopened after being closed for 15 months due to COVID. The food was amazing, service was great and an overall wonderful experience!

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Diane1070
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday celebration
First time at this restaurant

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SusanF
New England
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful food in a big open space. Great for conversation.

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JennaM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here, have been coming since it opened. Food is always great, love the atmosphere, live music. Server, Adrian, was fantastic, attentive and personable. Manager/Bartender, Zach, was super friendly and informative. Definitely try the burger, has a crust but is moist, sweet caramelized onions, buttery brioche bun. Arugula and mushroom salad with goat cheeses outstanding. Street corn is delicious!

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vipJuliah
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I did not realize this restaurant is in a hotel, in an open area just off the lobby. It is a cavernous space -- very high ceilings. We found the room to be so cold that we ended up putting our jackets on (even though the hostess said she'd have the engineer turn up the heat). We theorize the heat was all going up into the vaulted ceiling.

The food was fine. We had calamari and the mushroom-cheese-salad tapas. Both were good, but it is a misnomer to call either tapas, as each one was a mound of food -- each came with a rounded serving on a platter that was at least 12"x6" (which explained the surprisingly high price for the tapas). It was so much food we had no room for additional tapas.

This was a Friday evening. The guitarist-singer wasn't bad, but seemed to take longer breaks than he played.

We think most of the patrons of the restaurant were staying at the hotel.

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This would have zero stars if it wasn't for the manager coming over and taking care of us after we HAD to complain about the terrible (and I mean TERRIBLE) service. Not once did we get asked how our food was. Mine was good hers was terrible. She didn’t even touch her meal. After 35 min sitting there with empty drinks, no water, and no server in sight the waitress came over and took our plates not even acknowledging the fact that her plate wasn’t touched. Never asked if I wanted another beer since the first one I received. Finally my gf asked to speak to a manager. He took care of us so it wasn’t a complete waist of time and money. However, we had to go elsewhere after this place to actually enjoy a meal and drinks together. I’d recommend it still to a friend because my food was good and I believe we just got a crappy waitress who was just a miserable person.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best paella and most delicious tender olives I’ve ever had !both are not to be missed!

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JeffP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Service was great. The food was a bit so-so. The paella came out like a soup and had too much pickled onion and cilantro in it. The shrimp toast was quite good though.

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SaturdayPartyof8
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 8. Melissa, our server was Amazing! She was just so attentive and her recommendations for food and drinks..even the non-alcoholic ones were top notch! Our evening from beginning to end was just outstanding. We'll be back for sure!

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vipVvthree
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

My husband and I have dined at Matadora before and were very pleased the first time we dined. We live in the area and were very happy to have such a great place to dine within a short drive. This second time we dined on Valentines Day and were less than impressed. The steaks we had were good but were not worthy of the $44 and $48 price tags they carried. My potato and vegetable were both cold, and the potato was not mashed well at all, it tasted as if it had been sitting for a while, further by the look of the vegetable on my husband's plate as well as the potato, his appeared to be cold as well. We were seated by the window of the restaurant and there was a draft blowing in right above my head which considering, as cold as the evening was outside didn't really help matters. The sparkling rose cava that we were served was ok, but did not warrant the $13 per flute. My thought is that it was Valentines Day and that the restaurant didn't have it all quite together. The atmosphere was energetic and lively and the dining room was full, we'll give it another try at some point but this past Friday was lacking which was unfortunate.

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KimberlyE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and location. We were able to sit and eat without constantly being bothered and enjoyed the music. It felt like we were in Spain. Food and service was fantastic. It was a pricey place so we may only go for special occasions.

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Ciena
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

When you enter the rotating doors towards hotel, the restaurant is openly to your left side. Its open inside the lobby, however still tucked away where you feel your dining out. Surrounding up top are hotels balconys & some patrons were out. It was a unique setting. We had a serving of Pan con tomate tapas which were very yummy. Then wood grilled chicken & a Matadore burger. The meals & drinks were served timely and cooked very well. The menu is short & selective, best to check online to get a feel before going. Some families checking into the hotel came to dinner also, with children maybe ages 5 to 7, etc, unsure if they have kids menus as overall dining vibe is geared towards adults. Beautiful iron bull in lobby, host took pucs of us there. Highly recommend!

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vipnancye
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice experience. We love the variety of tapas. Great cocktails, terrific service. A delightful escape with an extremely talented guitar player and singer.

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vipjmjmd
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Not crowded, but service slow
Ordered sangria which took a very long time to come (had to ask again and it arrived with the entrees) and was very watery
Entrees not as good as the tapas: stick with the small plates
I have been before; this was a disappointing visit

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We tried a variety of tapas options from the marinated olives (which seemed like they were straight of the jar, disappointing) The shrimp toast, mussels, papa fritas, flaming chorizo and the octopus were amazing. The e drinks were sensational and the churro was delicious.

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vipKARENM
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Tapas...try the mussels!!

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Soto
New England
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Our party of 4 had Paella which was too hot, spicy and salty. Could not eat it, it was impossible. Our waiter was excellent, replaced with other dishes that were good. Bad experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around

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Mark
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server must have had too many tables to tend too which may explain the long wait times. She did look tired too but the manager should have taken action on this.

The cheese platter was not that great. We had to ask for bread given we had cheese and jams on it. We wanted a second order of calamari but we were told it ran out.
We were also advised that dessert was going to take long so we decided to pass instead.

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SBSB
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I made reservations for 5 with opentable... the MetrD told me the reservations are not honored because “I made it while standing outside of the restaurant and not in advance”... then asked us to wait for 15-25 min to tell how long it would take... finally I asked to cancel reservation at which point they set us down... at the end the waitress made a mistake and charged us for 3 appetizers (octopus) instead of 1... I pointed to it... and they brought an updated bill with 2 octopus changes instead of one... overall... I really like this place and use it for business dinners a lot... the food is excellent... wine and drinks menu excellent... atmosphere decor everything is great! BUT with a service like that I’m not coming back with clients... just can’t risk dealing with all this in front of my clients... hope they get it and fix it as the fundamentals are there...

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vipcarolk
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was much better than expected, it had that terrific just prepared taste. The paella was delicious and plenty for two. I plan to go there again.

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DonnaM
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Tappas are unique. One person ordered octopus, and it was not delivered. Service was friendly. Restaurant adapted to us having 7 people when we had a reservation for six. Would not divide the check. So one person picked up check for 5 people .

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not good, service was so slow, food was ok, not worth the price

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GailP
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat in the curved booth - great seat. Had dinner from 5:30 - 7:30. Very quiet, not too busy, but even it were, I think the noise level would have stayed low thanks to the fabulous raised, glass paned ceiling. Must come back for lunch to experience all that natural light. Everyone was happy with their meal. I had the hanger steak with cheese fries - way too many of those, but the steak was excellent with a spicy sauce and garlic butter, both of which I mostly partook of lightly but enjoyed. Also a small microgreen salad, very good. Entrees were generous (heavy on the potatos), tapa of normal size.

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LeslieC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Server didn't seem interested in waiting on us. Had to search him out for the check. Food was pretty, but fair in taste. Many other tapas restaurants much better to choose from. Limited selection
Very small crowd for Friday night at 7:30.
Couldn't hear the musician.
Not worth the drive

LB
LazrBlast
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

$25 for a half or a chicken breast, mashed potatoes and toast?
Service took waaaay to long to get our drinks.

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CrystalD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Apps were great. Dinner sucked! Service was horrible. Our server stopped halfway through taking our drink order to go put the 5 drinks in, while the other 5 people had not ordered but were ready. He took most of the dinners off our bill because they were nasty. I enjoyed the company of my friends but nothing else about the dinner.
I hate writing bad reviews but this place was not good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Music was too techno. Prefer a more mellow music while eating. The risotto could have been cook a little longer had some crunchy ones. Overall ok.

FAQs

Matadora offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 904-0658.

Matadora is rated 4.2 stars by 457 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.