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“Good But Not Exceptional”

Matador Pizza & Steak House
Ranked #350 of 3,551 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Northwest Calgary
Calgary
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84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Good But Not Exceptional”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

This review is based on the order of an 8oz steak, fries, veggies, salad and a glass of Guinness. Do I have any complaints about the food? No.

But at the same time there was nothing spectacular about it.

The salad with a standard Italian dressing was passable but uninspired. The fries were good but nothing special. The best of the lot was the steamed vegetables. And the Texas toast was... well... Texas toast, as opposed to some quality Italian bread. Add a few degrees and the beer would have been called warm.

All in all this place is sort of like the Holiday Inn that used to advertise "no surprises." I didn't find any surprises at the Matador either good or bad.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank pedalcrazy
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English first
Calgary AB
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Consistently Good”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Matador has been here for over 35 years and has gradually grown to its present size - a nice little Alberta/Mediterranean restaurant and lounge bar, a neighbourhood favourite. My wife and I first went there in 2002 and have been semi-regulars since then, mostly for dinner, sometimes for lunch, sometimes we have taken food to eat at home. It is close to home and the quality is regularly good. Despite staff and an ownership change, the standards have been maintained: high quality pizzas with a variety of crusts, now listed at the front of the menu, and steaks and pastas with a few regular dishes like salmon and fish and chips. Service is consistently good in the restaurant. We have tried most of the menu and all are consistently satisfactory, the exception being the (farmed) salmon. The 'new' ownership have modified things but kept the Matador what it has always been - a good place for dinner. The lounge is noisier and there are VLTs, the furniture is less conducive to comfortable eating but it is a good alternative if the restaurant is full. Our one wish, not met over the many years, would be an espresso machine so the meal could end with a special coffee.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank CalgaryMark42
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Calgary, Canada
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323 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
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“Your hole in the wall favourite!”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Don't be fooled by the neighbourhood strip mall Matador Pizza is located in. Take a chance and go on in. Disappointment does not await! This is a surefire place to get great, basic, hot, hearty meals. Service is fast and food delivery is equally as fast. The pizza is excellent with many variety's to choose from. Most nights will find the place jammed with customers and a line up to boot, so plan ahead and either go early or make a reservation.

  • Visited May 2014
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5 Thank CanadianMum
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Calgary
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212 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
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“Matador: Ole!”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Used to live a block away in the late 80's, haven't been here since. I have to say that not much has changed...and that's a good thing! Matador was never the cheapest place in town, but the food was consistently good quality. My wife and I had the calamari to start. It was excellent....crispy on the outside, not greasy, very tender, with a thick and creamy tzatziki sauce. Yummy! We shared a pizza....The Bullfighter...and it was delicious! A ton of toppings, nicely seasoned sauce that complimented the flavors, lots of cheese, cooked perfectly with a slightly crispy crust. At 28 bucks for the large, it isn't inexpensive.... but we had enough left over for a satisfying lunch the next day. More toppings than you'd get on two of those 2-for1 pizzas, and a lot better tasting. The service was friendly and efficient. I won't wait as long to stop in again!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank donnyawesome
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Calgary, Canada
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113 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Food”
Reviewed 13 March 2014

We've driven by this restaurant many times. Now we know what we've been missing. Great pizza, great salads and tasty spaghetti and meat balls. Simply put, Matador has great food. The kind of food where even the grand kids tuck in and get busy because the food is just so damned tasty. It's great when a delightful new restaurant is found right under the nose. And the service was friendly and attentive. We'll be back.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank ghryan
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