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Submitted by senor pescados     May 02, 2008    
 
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1438 23rd AVE NW
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Phone Number
503-228-2855

Casa del Matador

Welcome to Casa del Matador Restaurant and Tequila Bar, featuring gourmet Tex-Mex cuisine and the Northwest’s premier tequila bar with over 75 varieties. Come watch the game while you have a bite. Or simply soak up the atmosphere, including unique woodworking, antique light fixtures, custom ironwork, and the warmth of an open fireplace.

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Overall rating 
 
83
Agave Spirit Selection 
 
84  (2)
Food 
 
84  (2)
Price 
 
89  (2)
Knowledge - Service 
 
65  (2)
Ambiance 
 
93  (2)
I'm a 15-year Portland resident. This places frustrates me. It has so much going for it, but doesn't quite ever pull it off.

The selection is probably the second-best in town (after Trébol), and while some of the more interesting selections are often out of stock, that's likely the result of our screwy state-controlled liquor system, so I don't blame Matador for that.

The ambiance is also cool - if a bit Disney-ish. The wood and iron fixtures are beautiful and the Southwest motif more tastefully done that it could have been.

The food is OK, but just OK considering how many incredible restaurants we're lucky to have in Portland.

Prices are fair - especially on the tequila and in particular their flights. The extra-añejo flight is a great bargain and recommended before you drop the kind of coin bottles of 1942 et al require.

The real shortcoming of this place, and it's huge, is the tequila knowledge and service. They have revolving door-like staff turnover, and the waitstaff never seem very experienced. Any intelligent question about the agave spirits will go unanswered, accompanied by attitude as though they actually gave you a good answer. In the past, I have had to explain and show to a bartender what the NOM number is, what a mixto is (their well is mixto and their "Cadillac" margarita is made with Hornitos), and to a waitress that in fact NOT all tequila is from Tequila. On one recent visit, they couldn't tell my friend which of the 3 tequilas in his flight were which. They were unapologetic, didn't offer to replace it and seemed generally confused about why he would care.

Sadly, it is still one of our only tequila options in town. Most nights, I'd rather stay home. Or drink wine.
Overall rating 
 
75
Agave Spirit Selection 
 
85
Food 
 
75
Price 
 
85
Knowledge - Service 
 
40
Ambiance 
 
90
Reviewed by ChavoCheque July 21, 2010
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I'm a 15-year Portland resident. This places frustrates me. It has so much going for it, but doesn't quite ever pull it off.

The selection is probably the second-best in town (after Trébol), and while some of the more interesting selections are often out of stock, that's likely the result of our screwy state-controlled liquor system, so I don't blame Matador for that.

The ambiance is also cool - if a bit Disney-ish. The wood and iron fixtures are beautiful and the Southwest motif more tastefully done that it could have been.

The food is OK, but just OK considering how many incredible restaurants we're lucky to have in Portland.

Prices are fair - especially on the tequila and in particular their flights. The extra-añejo flight is a great bargain and recommended before you drop the kind of coin bottles of 1942 et al require.

The real shortcoming of this place, and it's huge, is the tequila knowledge and service. They have revolving door-like staff turnover, and the waitstaff never seem very experienced. Any intelligent question about the agave spirits will go unanswered, accompanied by attitude as though they actually gave you a good answer. In the past, I have had to explain and show to a bartender what the NOM number is, what a mixto is (their well is mixto and their "Cadillac" margarita is made with Hornitos), and to a waitress that in fact NOT all tequila is from Tequila. On one recent visit, they couldn't tell my friend which of the 3 tequilas in his flight were which. They were unapologetic, didn't offer to replace it and seemed generally confused about why he would care.

Sadly, it is still one of our only tequila options in town. Most nights, I'd rather stay home. Or drink wine.

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Visited on 08/16/08. Casa Del Matador was a great place. Its more tex-mex than mexican. Their agave selection was not too big, but they had some really good ones that I usually don't see. The staff was VERY friendly and the service was super fast. The prices were very decent and the food was great!
Overall rating 
 
90
Agave Spirit Selection 
 
83
Food 
 
92
Price 
 
92
Knowledge - Service 
 
90
Ambiance 
 
95
Reviewed by Piña August 19, 2008
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Visited on 08/16/08. Casa Del Matador was a great place. Its more tex-mex than mexican. Their agave selection was not too big, but they had some really good ones that I usually don't see. The staff was VERY friendly and the service was super fast. The prices were very decent and the food was great!

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