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“a fun happy hour experience- good food AND good, generous margaritas” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Matador

The Matador
Ranked #11 of 241 Restaurants in Redmond
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar, Southwestern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Bar Scene
Dining options: Drinks, After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Matador serves fresh Tex-Mex cuisine and premium tequilas in an inviting, social atmosphere with amber lighting and unique, hacienda-inspired decor.
seattle, washington
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268 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“a fun happy hour experience- good food AND good, generous margaritas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

This was a fun evening. 4 of us showed up and were seated in a corner booth in the bar at 5:30. We ordered 7 items from the Happy Hour menu and giant margaritas, which I admit, might have impacted how we saw the food. Each Happy Hour plate is $5. Our top rating goes to CHILI! Who'd have thought it? It's faulous. spicy, hot, meat filled. the romaine salad was also a surrpise, generous hit. SKIP the calamari- undistinguished, in too small bits. The Shrimp were good, but with just 3 shrimp for $5, not sure of the value here. Tacos were pretty good, esp. the prok and the carne asada. Side of guacomole was excellent. the noise level got pretty loud, but what's to be expected in a happy hour, fun place. We'll visit here again, esp. in happy hour. BTW, service was impeccable.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Bellingham, Washington
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not your typical Mexican restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

We went here on a Friday night recently and lucked into 2 available seats at the bar otherwise it was going to be a 45 minute wait. We had a very attentive bar tender who made us some excellent scratch margaritas. The menu had many interesting choices but the two we settled on were very good. We will definitely be back next time we are in town.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gpc1
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“It is just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

I expected more. Started off with Chipotle Mushrooms that wee amazing and it was all just ok from there. Not very impressed with the shrimp tacos.

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Thank Jodi R
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Los Angeles
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Unique atmosphere, dangerously good margaritas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

This place is beautiful, dark and atmospheric with lots of brick, amber lighting, and trendy peeling paint. It was packed with a wait on a Wednesday night, so we sat a the bar. A dangerous place when the margaritas are as good as these are. Nice and tart, not syrupy, very fresh tasting. I expected better food, it was passable, but not up to what the drinks and design of the place seemed to promise. Our hipster bartender wasn't the most attentive, you shouldn't have to flag him down when you're sitting right in front him, but then again, it was worth it.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank flymonkey
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Redmond, Washington
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

This is an adults-only restaurant and bar. We tried going with our infant son sleeping in a carrier (completely quiet and sleeping) and were turned away at the door even for the restaurant. We returned another time for happy hour with friends. Good deals on tacos, nachos, appetizers, and drinks at happy hour. Pork tacos al pastor are braised and tender, and look for daily specials inserted in the menu. Service just average.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LMExplorer
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