Matador Cantina David Dennis Matador Cantina

Matador Cantina

111 N. Harbor Blvd. (Commonwealth Ave.)
Fullerton, CA 92832
Historic downtown Fullerton space offers traditional and fusion Mexican dishes and strong cocktails.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.


Matador Cantina, Fullerton, CA

Matador Cantina Restaurant Review:

Located in one of the oldest buildings in Fullerton (circa 1899), Matador has a sophisticated interior, with red-brick walls, romantic candlelight, leather half-moon banquettes, flamboyant red chandeliers, and a 50-foot wooden bar that is suited for catching the game on one of the flat-screen TVs. Chef David Dennis' menu pairs traditional Mexican favorites with plenty of fun and approachable fusion dishes. First, however, start with a well-mixed cocktail like the strong house margarita or the jalapeño-infused martini. Then try the creamy queso fundido dip, the lemon-cured shrimp ceviche, or something unique like the Mexican eggrolls with ground beef, cabbage, carrots, black beans and Oaxaca cheese. Entrée standouts are the chicken chile relleno, the unique chorizo ravioli, and grilled flat iron steak topped with cilantro chimichurri sauce and pickled red onions. Don't miss the seasonal cake and chocolatey cookie fundido. On Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., an à la carte brunch includes a vegetarian omelet, fluffy pancakes and huevos rancheros. The venue's Agave Room sits adjacent to the main dining space and boasts a dedicated full bar and private dining for as many as 60 seated guests. Matador offers curbside service.