The Matador

★★★★☆
  • 4546 California Ave SW# 202

    Seattle, WA 98116

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  • 206-932-9988

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"I live in West Seattle and I must say the service is HORRIBLE! I was just there and these servers don't know how to smile and are rude. When I told them they were rude and that I wasn't coming back ever, they told me to get out and I was

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"I live in West Seattle and I must say the service is HORRIBLE! I was just there and these servers don't know how to smile and are rude. When I told them they were rude and that I wasn't coming back ever, they told me to get out and I was

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Great service. They have my favorite zin here. Sangrias are the best I've had. Food is great! Everything on the HH menu is totally yummy. Bartender challenged me to find better nachos in town, I haven't been able to yet....

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★★★★★

Great service. They have my favorite zin here. Sangrias are the best I've had. Food is great! Everything on the HH menu is totally yummy. Bartender challenged me to find better nachos in town, I haven't been able to yet....

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I live in West Seattle and I must say the service is HORRIBLE! I tried over and over to give this place a chance and I was just there the other night and these waitresses and hosts don't know how to smile and are rude. The girl comes to

3
★★★★★

I live in West Seattle and I must say the service is HORRIBLE! I tried over and over to give this place a chance and I was just there the other night and these waitresses and hosts don't know how to smile and are rude. The girl comes to

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I've been to both Matador's, and this one in West Seattle is just as good as the original The decor is very similar, and the area is just as happening as Ballard. Great place to go with friends, and it has a superior happy hour.

5
★★★★★

I've been to both Matador's, and this one in West Seattle is just as good as the original The decor is very similar, and the area is just as happening as Ballard. Great place to go with friends, and it has a superior happy hour.

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I'm a long time West Seattle native and long time partaker of Matador's happy hour. If you're looking for a restaurant with Tex-Mex flavor and affordability like I am, you will love Matador's happy hour. There are plenty of menu items to choose from and most of it is reeeally good (don't even get me started on their nachos....yuuuuuuuum)! Matador, you make me salivate. If it weren't for the occasional, obnoxious drunk at the bar I'd give you 5 stars. :(

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★★★★☆

I'm a long time West Seattle native and long time partaker of Matador's happy hour. If you're looking for a restaurant with Tex-Mex flavor and affordability like I am, you will love Matador's happy hour. There are plenty of menu items to choose from and most of it is reeeally good (don't even get me started on their nachos....yuuuuuuuum)! Matador, you make me salivate. If it weren't for the occasional, obnoxious drunk at the bar I'd give you 5 stars. :(

Pros: great happy hour, excellent location

Cons: obnoxious crowd sometimes

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Ordered a drink near last call, stepped outside to have a smoke, came back a couple minutes later, my half consumed drink remained but my change was gone. When i looked at the bartender he nervously said, "Hi" then continued, "...wasn't sure if you were coming back or not, didn't know if i should pull your drink too."

Since when did Bartending become rocket science?

On a pleasant note, the other bartender, Jimmy, was professional enough to come outside and light my cigarette since Matador had no matches. Thanks Jimmy! Much appreciated.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ordered a drink near last call, stepped outside to have a smoke, came back a couple minutes later, my half consumed drink remained but my change was gone. When i looked at the bartender he nervously said, "Hi" then continued, "...wasn't sure if you were coming back or not, didn't know if i should pull your drink too."

Since when did Bartending become rocket science?

On a pleasant note, the other bartender, Jimmy, was professional enough to come outside and light my cigarette since Matador had no matches. Thanks Jimmy! Much appreciated.

Pros: good bartender

Cons: bad bartender

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Ambience and service seems aptly described by the other reviews. More upscale/stylish than your typical mexican & tex-mex fare. Good service. But after trying 4 dishes on two different occasions we must say: the margaritas are average, the food bland, and the salsa served with the chips tastes like chilled marinara from the jar. ungh. Forget "not spicy," I almost added salt to my rice and beans (and I salt nothing). Got the most flavor from the bill... Bitter, as I just paid 1.5x typical mexican food costs for a quarter of the satisfaction.

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★★☆☆☆

Ambience and service seems aptly described by the other reviews. More upscale/stylish than your typical mexican & tex-mex fare. Good service. But after trying 4 dishes on two different occasions we must say: the margaritas are average, the food bland, and the salsa served with the chips tastes like chilled marinara from the jar. ungh. Forget "not spicy," I almost added salt to my rice and beans (and I salt nothing). Got the most flavor from the bill... Bitter, as I just paid 1.5x typical mexican food costs for a quarter of the satisfaction.

Pros: Staff, service, ambience

Cons: Bland, food, bad salsa, price

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I have been meaning to write a review of my favorite West Seattle spot for some time, and I finally am doing it. I frequent the Matador almost every week, and I always have an amazing time. Highlights include the great Happy Hour food, awesome bartenders, and the most adorable and charismatic servers. One in particular, Austin, makes every experience enjoyable. Thank you Matador staff for creating such a great place to stop by after work or on the weekends.

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★★★★★

I have been meaning to write a review of my favorite West Seattle spot for some time, and I finally am doing it. I frequent the Matador almost every week, and I always have an amazing time. Highlights include the great Happy Hour food, awesome bartenders, and the most adorable and charismatic servers. One in particular, Austin, makes every experience enjoyable. Thank you Matador staff for creating such a great place to stop by after work or on the weekends.

Pros: Food, staff, atmosphere

Cons: iffy clientelle on the weekends

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It's a little tiny bit creepy to hire exclusively female waitstaff (all young, pretty, and of approximately the same build too) and exclusively male bartenders (ditto). Once you train yourself to ignore the weirdness, you can enjoy a variety of yummy upscale margaritas, great natchos with medium rare steak on them, and fabulous spicy enchiladas in a black and red dimly lit bar that was designed to appear glamorous to Gen Y yuppies. Luckily, I sort of am one.

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★★★★☆

It's a little tiny bit creepy to hire exclusively female waitstaff (all young, pretty, and of approximately the same build too) and exclusively male bartenders (ditto). Once you train yourself to ignore the weirdness, you can enjoy a variety of yummy upscale margaritas, great natchos with medium rare steak on them, and fabulous spicy enchiladas in a black and red dimly lit bar that was designed to appear glamorous to Gen Y yuppies. Luckily, I sort of am one.

Pros: margaritas, good upscale Mexican food

Cons: bit pretentious/formulaic

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I went to the Matador in Ballard countless before I finally ventured out to West Seattle. Although I don't like the trec out there, the West Seattle chefs are better. I know its strange but the food is just prepared better at this location. Dinner means Carne Asada done right. The jabenero prawns are great, as well as the steak tacos. The chocalate cake with the coconut ice cream is one of the best deserts in town. Easily one of the best happy hours in town as well.

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★★★★★

I went to the Matador in Ballard countless before I finally ventured out to West Seattle. Although I don't like the trec out there, the West Seattle chefs are better. I know its strange but the food is just prepared better at this location. Dinner means Carne Asada done right. The jabenero prawns are great, as well as the steak tacos. The chocalate cake with the coconut ice cream is one of the best deserts in town. Easily one of the best happy hours in town as well.

Pros: Happy Hour, staff and drinks

Cons: Busy, prices

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With an ambience that's more lounge-like than restaurant, this popular spot serves serious food in an intimate, sexy setting. Crowds come for the drinks and the menu featuring reliable Mexican standards as well as dishes with a creative…

 

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