Matador Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 26747 Van Born Rd

    Taylor, MI 48180

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  • 313-292-6364

About Matador Restaurant

Hours
Sat: 12pm-11pm, Mon-Tue: 11am-9:30pm, Sun: 3:30pm-9:30pm, Fri: 11am-11pm
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For all those claiming that this restaurant is the worst imitation or is terrible, I couldn't disagree more. In all reality, everyone claiming to look for 100% authentic Mexican cuisine should simply travel abroad in Mexico, as that is the only way you are going to find it. All "authentic" restaurants here in US are simply a blend of traditional family dishes and the American culture. Albeit they are authentic to the family who's restaurant you are eating in, doesn't mean that they are 100% legitimate dishes you would find in Mexico. As well, simply put, even if they are from Mexico doesn't mean they eat/make the same food as everyone else in the country. How would you like it if somebody came over to your home and said your mother's lasagna tasted like garbage and should be made more like my mom's? And for those who find it absurd to put parmesan cheese in the dishes, why must everyone conform to one type of food, wouldn't it get tedious eating the same tasting food every time? Come on people, get over it, variety of taste is good. Really, if you aren't fresh off the plane from Mexico, or any other ethnic country itself, stop complaining about the lack of authenticity ethnic restaurants have, you're definitely not the expert here.

All in all, I was very satisfied with the couple of times I have gone to The Matador. The service was great, the atmosphere was very friendly and family-oriented, and although the bowls for tortilla chips might be small, you do get free refills. Some of their dishes have a few differing details that I haven't found in other Mexican restaurants, but I enjoy them just the same. If you're a gringo/a with an appetite for some Mexican cuisine like me, then you'll surely love this restaurant!

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★★★★★

For all those claiming that this restaurant is the worst imitation or is terrible, I couldn't disagree more. In all reality, everyone claiming to look for 100% authentic Mexican cuisine should simply travel abroad in Mexico, as that is the only way you are going to find it. All "authentic" restaurants here in US are simply a blend of traditional family dishes and the American culture. Albeit they are authentic to the family who's restaurant you are eating in, doesn't mean that they are 100% legitimate dishes you would find in Mexico. As well, simply put, even if they are from Mexico doesn't mean they eat/make the same food as everyone else in the country. How would you like it if somebody came over to your home and said your mother's lasagna tasted like garbage and should be made more like my mom's? And for those who find it absurd to put parmesan cheese in the dishes, why must everyone conform to one type of food, wouldn't it get tedious eating the same tasting food every time? Come on people, get over it, variety of taste is good. Really, if you aren't fresh off the plane from Mexico, or any other ethnic country itself, stop complaining about the lack of authenticity ethnic restaurants have, you're definitely not the expert here.

All in all, I was very satisfied with the couple of times I have gone to The Matador. The service was great, the atmosphere was very friendly and family-oriented, and although the bowls for tortilla chips might be small, you do get free refills. Some of their dishes have a few differing details that I haven't found in other Mexican restaurants, but I enjoy them just the same. If you're a gringo/a with an appetite for some Mexican cuisine like me, then you'll surely love this restaurant!

Pros: Family-owned, friendly atmosphere, great food!

Cons: None

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I grew up in Dearborn Heights and my father brought tacos home once in awhile when he worked late which was my first experience with Mexican food of any kind. It was only a counter and I believe a couple tiny tables at the time. The owners closed for part of the year to return to Mexico every year. The tacos were my my first love of Mexican food and still to this day, when I visit my mother, who still lives at the old place, I still try to get my favorite tacos. It's been about 40 years now and I still love them like no other!! Service is great too by the way!! Not sure where the other comments came from. I've never ever had a problem there.

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★★★★★

I grew up in Dearborn Heights and my father brought tacos home once in awhile when he worked late which was my first experience with Mexican food of any kind. It was only a counter and I believe a couple tiny tables at the time. The owners closed for part of the year to return to Mexico every year. The tacos were my my first love of Mexican food and still to this day, when I visit my mother, who still lives at the old place, I still try to get my favorite tacos. It's been about 40 years now and I still love them like no other!! Service is great too by the way!! Not sure where the other comments came from. I've never ever had a problem there.

Pros: Tacos, Tacos, and Tacos

Cons: Don't know of any

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The food is just awful. Those looking for anything resembling decent Mexican food will be very disappointed. They put parmesan cheese on the tacos, mozzarella cheese on the burritos, and a weird tasteless "chili" sauce on nearly everything else.

The refried beans are canned. The chicken is tasteless. The salsa has the texture and appearance of tomato juice. It's completely liquid with no solid particles in it -- that's right, not so much as a tomato seed or bit of onion. The tortilla chips are served in a 4 ounce bowl.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is just awful. Those looking for anything resembling decent Mexican food will be very disappointed. They put parmesan cheese on the tacos, mozzarella cheese on the burritos, and a weird tasteless "chili" sauce on nearly everything else.

The refried beans are canned. The chicken is tasteless. The salsa has the texture and appearance of tomato juice. It's completely liquid with no solid particles in it -- that's right, not so much as a tomato seed or bit of onion. The tortilla chips are served in a 4 ounce bowl.

Pros: Free parking

Cons: Everything else

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Went to Matador's for dinner last night with my family. The restaurant was not that busy. After patiently waiting a half hour for our nacho and two tacos, we noticed that three other customers that had came in after us were getting their food. I asked our waitress if our order had gotten lost and pointed out that other diners were being served before we were. Our waitress explained that our order will be out shortly. WELL IT NEVER CAME..... After seeing the third customer get their food before us, we got up and told our waitress that we were leaving. All she said was "sorry"..... No, let me check on your order......No, let me see if I can speed things up back there..... No, is there anything I can do to get you to stay.......... Sorry Margaret and Ray, but that's just poor service........

0
★☆☆☆☆

Went to Matador's for dinner last night with my family. The restaurant was not that busy. After patiently waiting a half hour for our nacho and two tacos, we noticed that three other customers that had came in after us were getting their food. I asked our waitress if our order had gotten lost and pointed out that other diners were being served before we were. Our waitress explained that our order will be out shortly. WELL IT NEVER CAME..... After seeing the third customer get their food before us, we got up and told our waitress that we were leaving. All she said was "sorry"..... No, let me check on your order......No, let me see if I can speed things up back there..... No, is there anything I can do to get you to stay.......... Sorry Margaret and Ray, but that's just poor service........

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I bought the 2008 entertainment book.....I love buy one get one free or 50% off......in the book was a coupon for the matador so I took my husband for his b-day. The food was great, and my husband is hard to please. The enchiladas were some of the best I've had. They also gave us a complimentary fried ice cream that was awesome....I am giong back even without a coupon so it has to be good!!!!

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★★★★★

I bought the 2008 entertainment book.....I love buy one get one free or 50% off......in the book was a coupon for the matador so I took my husband for his b-day. The food was great, and my husband is hard to please. The enchiladas were some of the best I've had. They also gave us a complimentary fried ice cream that was awesome....I am giong back even without a coupon so it has to be good!!!!

Pros: Great Food

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Everything we got was cold. The cheese was not melted. They don't have hot peppers. When you ask for them they look at you like your nuts. Will not go back again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Everything we got was cold. The cheese was not melted. They don't have hot peppers. When you ask for them they look at you like your nuts. Will not go back again.

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Excellent overall. Botanas & Nachos are the best. Chicken enchiladas very good also.

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★★★★★

Excellent overall. Botanas & Nachos are the best. Chicken enchiladas very good also.

Pros: enchiladas

Cons: tacos

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There is a wide selection of reasonably priced authenic Mexican food. Your chip and salsa dish is continuously refilled and comes with the meal at no extra cost. Seating is somewhat limited with a small non smoking section.

PROS: Authenic, reasonable
CONS: Small non smoking section

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★★★★☆

There is a wide selection of reasonably priced authenic Mexican food. Your chip and salsa dish is continuously refilled and comes with the meal at no extra cost. Seating is somewhat limited with a small non smoking section.

PROS: Authenic, reasonable
CONS: Small non smoking section

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Family owned and operated. We have been going for over 25 years. Great value. Great food. Favorite Mexican food of all the good Mexican restraunts around.

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★★★★★

Family owned and operated. We have been going for over 25 years. Great value. Great food. Favorite Mexican food of all the good Mexican restraunts around.

Pros: Excellent, Authentic, Friendly

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We enjoy going to the Matador. All the food is great but we especially LOVE the Taco's! They are as authentic as you can get.

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★★★★★

We enjoy going to the Matador. All the food is great but we especially LOVE the Taco's! They are as authentic as you can get.

Pros: VERY GOOD FOOD, FRIENDY STAFF, CLEAN

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Don't look for Tex-Mex, Taco Bell or Heaven forbid ChiChi's-they serve dishes that don't exist in any culture!
Look for REAL Mexican food. Not hot-unless you're the type to eat a pure jalapeno with your meals! Not "Spicey!!". It's just plain, good homecooked Mexican food.
After living in Texas and California-we did afterall get them from Mexico-I looked forward to going to Mi Casa in Southgate. Soon discovered why the food was no longer pure Mexican...Tito (Red) Garza sold his share.
So, Downriver no longer has to travel into the city. We have our own "Mexican Kitchen"

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★★★★★

Don't look for Tex-Mex, Taco Bell or Heaven forbid ChiChi's-they serve dishes that don't exist in any culture!
Look for REAL Mexican food. Not hot-unless you're the type to eat a pure jalapeno with your meals! Not "Spicey!!". It's just plain, good homecooked Mexican food.
After living in Texas and California-we did afterall get them from Mexico-I looked forward to going to Mi Casa in Southgate. Soon discovered why the food was no longer pure Mexican...Tito (Red) Garza sold his share.
So, Downriver no longer has to travel into the city. We have our own "Mexican Kitchen"

Pros: Food, Family owned (nice), PRICES!

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Matador is absolutely the WORST immitation mexican food i have ever had. I ordered tacos. Simple huh? I got some nasty shredded dried beef that resembled beef jerky in a tortilla with Parmasean Cheese! Not regular Cheese, but cheese used in Italian restaurants..it was horribly disgusting. Save yourself, Taco bell is more authentic!

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★☆☆☆☆

Matador is absolutely the WORST immitation mexican food i have ever had. I ordered tacos. Simple huh? I got some nasty shredded dried beef that resembled beef jerky in a tortilla with Parmasean Cheese! Not regular Cheese, but cheese used in Italian restaurants..it was horribly disgusting. Save yourself, Taco bell is more authentic!

Cons: , Food, Food

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A GREAT PLACE FOR MEXICAN FOOD AND DRINKS! GOOD SERVICE AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE!

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★★★★★

A GREAT PLACE FOR MEXICAN FOOD AND DRINKS! GOOD SERVICE AND FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE!

 

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