We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Looking for that "go to" place in Clovis...but not quite”

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
El Matador Restaurant
Ranked #120 of 274 Restaurants in Clovis
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Reviewed 1 September 2013

Our daughter is a freshman at Fresno State, and we are new visitors to the Clovis community. The Fresno area seems to be full of chain restaurants, so we are looking for unique local restaurants--little hidden gems. We read the reviews on El Matador and went in for dinner.

The goods:
The menu is varied and diverse, with many traditional specialties not found on garden variety Mexican restaturant menus in America. I had green mole chicken and tamarindo agua fresca, both were good.

The bads:
The food was oversalted, which was a shame because the flavors were excellent and right on the mark. The service was polite and attentive, but it felt like we were being rushed out, even though we were the only people in the place at 7:30 on Saturday night. This is a minor thing, but the chips were store-bought Mexican, tasted like broken up tostadas from the grocery store. However, the salsa seemed to be home-made, and it was good. My son wanted desert, and was told there was no flan available, and that was the only choice. The prices were about what I would have expected, but maybe not a great value, $60 for 4 with tip.

All in all, a decent experience, but don't think El Matador will end up on our go-to list.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Heliades
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (8)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

4 - 8 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 10 July 2013

A small group of women (Clovis High School class of 1972) wandered in to this restaurant one hot and humid night after the restaurant we had first choose air conditioner was not working.
We were seated right away by the owner and was treated like special guests. The food was delicious and the wine margaritas were very good too. We stayed there for about 3 hours (until they closed) catching up on time and enjoying ourselves. We will be meeting up again next year and will choose to go back to El Matador Restaurant.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Debbie_fl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 May 2013

This is our go to restaurant when we're looking for something quick and tasty. Before our son went away to college, this was a once a week habit. Now it's every couple of weeks. Tacos de carnitas are my favorite,followed by their fish tacos. I have never had a bad meal there. Beer in ice cold frosty mugs also hits the spot.

Thank brokecheerdad
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 March 2013

My husband and I think of this as our place. It is a tiny little place in a strip mallbut the food is wonderful. All of the standard otions are available, like tacos, burritos and chili rellenos, but how about chicken with a rasbberry chipotle sauce or shrimp in sauce? Yum! Service is great, friendly and fast. Love this place! When the economy tanked, we decided that this was the one local restaurant that we would try to support with monthly visits -- it is that good!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Donna57
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 September 2012

Been going to El Matador for over 20 years. Still some of the best in Fresno/Clovis.
If you want the genuine article, order the pork ribs in ranchero sauce. Be ready, it's HOT.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank A M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed El Matador Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to El Matador Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing