Matador Room - The Miami Beach EDITION

4.6
1185 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
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At Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room, classics are reimagined. Latin cuisine, drawing on Spanish, Caribbean and South American flavors, is crafted with local, seasonal ingredients, and small and large plates encourage sharing and socializing. The historical dining room recalls the glamour of 1940s supper clubs with an original chandelier, and the ocean-view Matador Terrace allows guests to dine beneath a trellis covered with climbing bougainvillea.

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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff was exceptional.

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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic venue. We were seated outside and the weather was perfect. Our waitress was attentive and always on top of our needs. If you have a large appetite, ask about the sides and options as the main plates are great but don’t come with a huge side (beer tenderloin). Good wine list and pricing was in line with what we expected to pay for this type of venue.

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G
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service. Very tasty and innovative food. Very much suitable for an occasion. The ambiance is very pleasant and the decor is really great. We order various tapas and asked to receive them in the recommended order. Evrything was absolutely great.

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n
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We went for a birthday. Took almost an hr to get drinks and overall were disappointed by the service.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The patio ambiance was so amazing especially while it rained. The food was exceptional and the service was fabulous. Very unique dishes and beautiful flavors.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Interesting and excellent food, great service, nice location, extensive wine selection, great desserts, expensive. A little difficult to select from menu, confusion about small plates, whether they were sized to share and main courses.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome experience and would recommend this restaurant in the future and would return on my next trip to Miami. Kudos

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent food and price point. Both inside and outside are spectacular.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upon stepping into the Matador Room you immediately feel transformed, relaxed, and coddled. The sunken floor makes you feel ready for whatever your taste buds you were going to experience. The seats are cozy, and the angled place mats made facing your dining partner a more natural posture. The presentation was clean, and the portions perfect. The fish taco is probably the best I’ve ever tasted. The Arroz Con Pollo is a great interpretation of the original but the crispy skin added such complexity and depth that would also make it unforgettable. I truly enjoyed this meal, and will surely come back soon.

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

Excellent service by Cara !

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Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

It felt like there were just too many missed opportunities given the supposed caliber of restaurant this is. For starters, the drink menu had the same cocktail on it twice (one right after the other on the list). Ordinarily, not a huge deal but it seemed to foreshadow the rest of the experience. Drinks were ok but over priced. The calamari we had was good and one of the better items we had. The Heart of Palm salad was also just ok and not very memorable.
Keeping things somewhat light, we decided on the Grilled Florida Black Grouper Tacos and the Chipotle Chicken Tacos. We were told by our waitress when we first arrived that all their dishes are brought out as soon as they are ready. We ordered both dishes at the same time with the grouper tacos coming out first. Wanting to eat our separate dishes together as best we could, we waited a couple minutes then took a bite figuring the chicken tacos wouldn’t be too far behind.
The grouper tacos were fair but lacked flavor overall. Well after about 15min or so we politely asked our waitress about the chicken tacos we were still waiting on. We were told the same line about dishes coming out as soon as they’re done....well another 10-12min after that....the chicken tacos finally show up. Does it really take that long to make chicken tacos??? Then to top it off, they weren’t very good. Even from a presentation perspective, its sad when you’ve seen better looking chicken tacos coming out of a food truck (not exaggerating). So at this point we’re not even sure if we should go for desert but per the recommendation of a friend we had to try the molten lava cake. We figure why not and order it. The desert turned out pretty good. It was fairly rich and wasn’t a huge portion but it came with ice cream and could be shared. I don’t know if this was a fluke series of missteps that night for Matador but we’ve eaten at several establishments that provided a better culinary and service experience for significantly less.

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London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the first night of my long bachelorette party weekend. It was a great intimate dinner with my best friends on a Thursday. The food and service were amazing.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at the Matador Room was outstanding and the best meal we had on our Miami Beach vacation. We ordered the asparagus and pea hummus for appetizers, the avocado pizza, mushroom and chicken tacos. I’ve never had such delicious asparagus and the avocado pizza was amazing. Loved the tacos and the lava cake was the best I’ve ever had. The service was excellent and we will definitely be coming back!

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L
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely recommend Matador! This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is EXCELLENT! The service is great. The outdoor setting is sublime.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

Food was phenomenal & our server (Brendan I think) was lovely & gave awesome recommendations!

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New England
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience - excellent meal!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I ordered the truffle pizza it was very oily and heavy I couldn’t eat just a slice from it.Everything else it was great!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and flawless service.

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D
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had yet another delicious dining experience at The Matador Room. The tuna tartare was phenomenal! We had both the fried grouper tacos and the braised short rib tacos which were delicious. The arroz con pollo is fantastic! It is so Beautiful sitting outside by the pool. I just love it here!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance were outstanding! It was a great evening celebrating our anniversary at this great restaurant enjoying every dish and the service we received. Highly recommend!

PS: if you like Spanish Jamón, the Cinco Jotas Jamón was just delicious. We ate every bite! The Sweet Pea Guacamole was also fantastic.

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TS
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a Very pleasant evening with good food ,nice service and a bottle of Rose . Definitely worse the money!

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LS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff from the maitr d was great. The weather was beautiful and dining on the outdoor patio was perfect!

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1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

High-end, best Food in Miami Beach!

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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The service and food were outstanding. Jose Andres menu is just one fabulous surprise after another. I would have liked the homage to Versailles' media noche to be more like a media noche, but it was honestly delicious in the incarnation he serves.

The space is awkward in that a passageway to the outside hotel space cuts through the restaurant itself, but that problem is not unique to the SLS hotel as the same applies at the Setai where we stayed.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Valet was full without a backup plan or suggestion of where to park, so started off terribly. Restaurant was ok at best. Wouldn’t come back.

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j
Miami
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I love the Miami Beach Edition and having brunch at the Matador Terrace on special occasions. We went for Easter. Quality of the food is usually pretty good and it was fine this time but they made a menu change that disappointed me. I was looking forward to having their crunchy Mexican french toast but unfortunately they no longer have it on the menu. I was by far their best brunch menu item. If anybody looking forward to having their favorite dish at a restaurant they have eaten before and is informed at the restaurant that they took it off the menu, they will understand my disappointment. We probably will not eat at Matador anymore and I can no longer recommend the restaurant to friends and family. It also quite expensive to be so disappointed.

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AB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service!
The ambiance is perfect and the service was great! We went to celebrate our anniversary and our friends ask to the waitress to brought us very fancy-gourmet donuts with a candle to celebrate and make a wish! We had great time!!!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The drinks are overpriced and so is the food. The food was just ok but for the price you pay the portions are too small specially to share. Would not come back, also loud inside.

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous space and excellent food. The shaved snapper and the short rib tacos were incredible - must try!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food a bit too oily. Pizza came cold.

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1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! Staff was excellent! Wonderful food..would definitely go again

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New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A typical Jean-Georges restaurant with tremendous respect and creativity in crafting a menu around strong Asian accents. A really solid menu selection for even the pickiest to find a dish to savor and be amazed by. Outstanding.

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TR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was amazing.......the service was fantastic......it was our anniversary and all the staff were very kind to acknowledge it! I would highly recommend this place to anyone!!

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MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice Vacation family meal

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CJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely service which is harder and harder to come by these days. As always, a gorgeous setting outside and food is delicious.

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JH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable, and the ambiance was top-notch. Really good energy, decor was beautiful, and the food was excellent. Will definitely return.

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Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is our 3rd time at the restaurant and as always everything was perfect. All the dishes we ordered were outstanding but one of our favorites was the Avocado Pizza and the Taco with Mole. Our server was Ray who was absolutely perfect! We sat inside as we like the sophisticated ambience but the outdoor area is stunning. On our way out there was a band playing at the Bar, for the ones that like to just have a nice drink and enjoy the music. I highly recommend this restaurant and will come back again.

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Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a multitude of small plates.All were delicious and the service was great.My request for outdoor seating was honored and they even brought out a small desert with a candle, as it was my wife's birthday. A good time was had by all.

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Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food with ambient atmosphere and good attentive service

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