It's a fun place, great atmosphere, the service was good, the food was good Nothing special though.
The Matador is a good meeting place for dinner and drinks. The parking can be a little challenging on the weekends but the food is worth the hassle. I have eaten here many times and have not had a bad experience yet. We keep coming back because the food, service and location is excellent.
Can't go wrong with happy hour food or prices. Best to show up right at opening as it gets full fairly fast, especially on a nice day. I want to love this place, but it's a little overrated, in my opinion.
I'll start with the negatives The seating is relatively inflexible for different sized groups. The service has always been poor to average, usually pretty slow, especially compared to other restaurants in this area. There's a great bar, but it's not at all conducive to socializing. Entrees I've had have been okay. The positive is the happy hour.
Drinks are good and priced well. The happy hour food menu is priced really well, too, and what is on it is pretty good. I used to love the butternut squash quesadillas, which they don't have on the menu anymore, but they will sometimes still make it.
The nachos are better than average, too. Hello Carib, Thank you for the feedback and for taking the time to write a review. I would like to apologize that your visits with us have been less than stellar and we take your comments very seriously. We take a lot of pride in providing a great dining experience in the Tacoma area and I hope that you are able to let us win you back. If you're ever in, please ask for me personally and I will happily ensure you have a great experience. Sincerely, Justin Whitcher General Manager. I've visited the Matador in West Seattle several times and it's consistently good.
Not so much for the Tacoma location. In all fairness they were very busy but the food was not good.
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My mahi mahi in the fish tacos was so overcooked it was like hard little nuggets. I just ate around it as best as I could. The service was slow because they were busy and the bartenders were very busy flirting with cute girls. I don't mind waiting a minute or two while my bartender gets his flirt on but this was far too long. Guests and the bartenders did business right through our seating area and conversation.
Arms and drinks and money changing hands between our faces. Not cool.
I guess i just expected it to be chill like west Seattle but it was a major young people hook up spot. I won't go back to this location. Hello, Thank you for the feedback regarding your recent visit with us. Let me start by apologizing for our shortcomings during your time with us.
Busy or not, we expect that our guests are receiving the best service possible by our team and I am disappointed that we weren't able to give that same experience. I have shared your comments with our bar team and I assure you that we will use them to get better and prevent similar situations from occurring.
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Cuisines: Mexican. Restaurant details Good for: Bar scene. Matt K. Seattle, Washington, United States. Reviewed July 25, Average Every Day sort of Menu.
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Having dinner and drinks at the Matador. Reviewed July 24, Happy hour is the best. Ask beernu about The Matador. Thank beernu. Carib G. Reviewed July 20, Best for happy hour. Date of visit: June Ask Carib G about The Matador. Thank Carib G. Report response as inappropriate Thank you.
We appreciate your input. Reviewed July 16, via mobile. Just ok. Ask pjgrad about The Matador. Thank pjgrad. Travelers who viewed The Matador also viewed. Marzano's Restaurant. Over The Moon Cafe.