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El Matador Restaurant

Map & Directions 1768 Newport Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Mexican
  • Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Kid Friendly, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Lot Available


OC Weekly's Description

El Matador, with its scaled-down Olvera Street interior, boasts 24 combination plates and a 30-weight mole sauce of chiles, chocolate and whatever that will make you reflect, "This thing in my mouth should not be there. Help." The spicy shrimp tacos rise majestically over most fish tacos, too.

Member Reviews

  • Dana162 wrote a review for El Matador Restaurant
    on 04/22/10

    I love El Matador...order their skinnie margarita. only 120 calories and it's made with fresh lime juice! also, try their crunchy beef tacos. pretty amazing!

  • rcox1 wrote a review for El Matador Restaurant
    on 04/12/10

    Great margaritas and a ton of choices for tequilas! They give you massive portions here, so come hungry.

  • jbesheer wrote a review for El Matador Restaurant
    on 03/08/10

    I love this place. Come hungry and don't forget to order a margarita.

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Tips from foursquare

  • Volcom Entertainment on 11/17/10

    Take advantage of the lunch specials! Chicken tacos are a good go-to.

  • OC Weekly on 11/23/11

    Voted Best Margarita by OC Weekly's Best Of 2011 Readers! Order the must-try "Ultimate Margarita". Click the link to download the Best Of app and view more winners!

  • OC Weekly on 03/13/13

    If you love your margaritas try out the margaritas at El Matador! Listed as OC Weekly's Best Margarita of 2012 this place is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Orange County.

  • OC Weekly on 06/06/13

    Great spot for taco Tuesday! Good food, drinks, and services what more could you ask for from a Mexican restaurant!

  • Matt B. on 12/26/10

    order an "ultimate" Margarita at the bar. 1=attitude adjustment, 2=don't drive, 3=woo hoo!

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