Matador Restaurants

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215 North 8th Street, Boise, ID, USA
1 (208) 342-9988

MATADOR RESTAURANTS


About Us

Come in and be enveloped by our passion for the most daring of spirits. For brave, fresh Mexican flavors, and beautiful scratch-made cocktails. For the people and the culture of Mexico, where we forge friendships with tequila makers, listen to their stories, and bring them home to share with you, as we guide you through your tequila experience.

Choose from the most diverse selection of tequilas you’ll find anywhere—in a space filled with furnishings and fittings inspired by our travels, and crafted by our founder’s own hands. Join us. We invite you to become a part of the journey.

TASTE MEXICO REIMAGINED

The Matador uses all-natural products only, and that includes our carne, pollo, carnitas and seafood. We source the freshest, in-season vegetables and fruits available. Then we take those ingredients and cook them up into creative dishes that taste a bit like Mexico, a bit like the local area, and a bit like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.

Please note: Menu prices and items may vary slightly by location! Please choose your location for accurate menus.


OUR MENU

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WE KNOW TEQUILA

Drinking tequila is like drinking in the essence of Mexico.

The Matador believes there’s a perfect tequila for every person and every occasion, and we love nothing more than helping our guests discover theirs. We’ve curated a collection of more than 150 tequilas that we feel are truly excellent, from all over Mexico. Some are available exclusively at the Matador. We even serve our own Private Reserve Tequila—from barrels we select personally after tastings with the makers in Mexico.

This gives you endless ways to experience the fun of this wild and extraordinary spirit, and the nuances of the different regions of Mexico where it’s produced.

Try a margarita made with our own fresh, house-made sour mix, or one of our many other creative cocktails crafted by our in-house mixologist. Let us guide you through a flight, to discover something new and intriguing. Or just savor a beautiful shot of your all-time favorite.


 KNOW YOUR AGAVE SPIRITS

If a tequila is a mezcal, why is mezcal not necessarily a tequila? What’s the difference between tequila categories? The Matador has the answers to these pressing questions, and many more.

To be called 100% de Agave tequila, a spirit must be made from the juice of the Weber Blue Agave with most tequila coming from the Mexican state of Jalisco, or in certain parts of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. There are several carefully regulated categories a tequila can fall into: Blanco, Joven, Reposado, Añejo, Extra Añejo, and the most recently certified category, Cristalino. To discover more about agave spirits, click here.

BLANCO (Silver or White Tequila)

This is freshly distilled tequila in its purest form. It’s either completely un-aged or allowed to rest for up to 60 days in stainless steel tanks. This means a Blanco has none of the flavors that time in an oak barrel would add, and no alteration of the spirit. All you taste is the agave, and the way the distiller chose to process it.

JOVEN

Joven is the Spanish word for young. In tequila-speak, it means a Blanco mixed with Reposado or Añejo to add some depth and subtle character.

REPOSADO (Rested Tequila)

Allowed to age in oak anywhere from two months to a year, a Reposado is barreled just long enough to round out its rough edges and provide light flavoring from the spirit’s interaction with the wood.

AÑEJO (Aged Tequila)

Aged between one and three years in oak, an Añejo emerges from the barrel in perfect sipping condition, offering up rich and intense flavors of agave and vanilla, as well as floral aromas.

EXTRA AÑEJO

This designation is reserved for tequilas that are aged three years or more—the amount of time is up to the distiller. The province of true tequila aficionados. Extra Añejos are often released as special commemorative editions or packaged in special collectible bottles.

CRISTALINO

The newest classification of tequila, a Cristalino is an Añejo or Extra Añejo that’s been filtered to remove the heavier compounds and colors during the barrel aging process. Essentially, this process removes the intense woody oak notes, so that smooth, concentrated flavors shine through.

MEZCAL

While tequila must be made only from the Weber Blue Agave, Mezcal can be made from that plant, or any one of 49 other different agave varieties. Mezcals must be made in one of eight Mexican states—Oaxaca, Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, or Michoacán—and bottled at the distillery. So, just as a scotch is whiskey, but whiskey isn’t necessarily scotch, tequila is mezcal, but mezcal isn’t always tequila.

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Certain tequila producers invite us to visit them in Mexico, where we take tastes from a number of select barrels and choose the one that impresses us the most to bring back to our guests at the Matador. This barrel is ours exclusively and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Ask About Our Current Private Reserve

FALL 2018 – EL TESORO

Available in our Idaho locations. Aged 9 months. Citric and acidic, tropical with notes of oak, cinnamon, coconut and cooked agave.

FALL 2018 – EL TESORO

Available in our Washington locations. Aged 9 months. Notes of coffee, vanilla, strawberry, and citrus with a peppery, spiced finish.

PATRON

Aged 12 months. Light citrus notes laced with a mild flavor of cooked agave, and a finish with hits of freshly cut hard wood.

AVION

Aged 11 months. Notes of cherry, peaches and pear, rounded out with vanilla and heavy oak on the finish.

EL MAYOR

Aged 9 months. Fruity notes and a cooked agave flavor at the beginning lead to a finish sparked with light oak.

Click on image to learn about the process behind our latest collaboration with El Tesoro.

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OUR TREASURE VALLEY LOCATIONS

The Matador may be slightly mysterious, but we’re not hard to find. To connect with a specific restaurant, please select a location.

MATADOR BOISE

MATADOR MERIDIAN

ABOUT US

At the Matador, tequila is more than a beverage—it’s almost a culture of its own. We immerse ourselves in it. We know the landscape and the people who make a difference within it. We love everything about tequila, and we enjoy sharing our knowledge, to help our guests appreciate it as much as we do.

We serve a menu of scratch-made dishes that complement the nuances of great blancos, reposados and añejos, with exciting preparations that re-think Mexican, always fresh ingredients and creative plate presentations. The restaurant interiors reflect the craft, heart, soul and sense of adventure that live inside every good bottle of tequila.

Step into the Matador, and gain insider access to the world of tequila, the flavorful foods that go with it and the rarified atmosphere of craft, care and pleasure it creates.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Do you accept reservations?

A: We do not take reservations at any of our Matador locations. We seat all our guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: Do you offer rooms for private parties?

Q: Are children allowed in the restaurants?

Q: When is Happy Hour?

Q: Do you have TVs in the bar? What’s on?

Q: Do you have vegetarian or vegan menu items?

Q: Do you have gluten-free items on your menu?

Q: Who made the intricate metalwork and hand-carved tables in your restaurants?


CATERING

Click below to see our outside catering menus. Whether ordering lunch for the office, or a taco bar for a special event, we’ve got you covered.

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PRIVATE EVENTS

Tucked away from the crowd, the Matador offers several unique private spaces for you and your group. We’ll help you with all the details for a perfect event, whether you’re planning a gathering of friends and family, a business luncheon, a professional workshop, or even a tequila tasting seminar.

Take a look at our in-house catering menus: Buffet | Taco Bar

To connect with a specific restaurant, please select a location. For general inquiries, use the link below.

CONTACT FORM


JOIN US

We are always looking for passionate people who want to help us create an extraordinary experience for our guests. If that sounds like you, you’ll love it here, and we want to meet you.

Follow the link below to tell us something about yourself below, or just call or stop by one of our restaurants to set up an interview.

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GET REWARDED

Join our rewards program and good things will come your way like special offers and all the latest updates on what’s happening at the Matador.

REWARDS PROGRAM


GIFT CARDS

Gift Cards from the Matador are the perfect way to give your friends and family an excuse to sample new tequilas or try a new entrée from the Matador.

We ship gift cards (free shipping) during the business week (M-F). All orders placed on the weekend will be processed during the following week. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing and shipping.

 Gift Cards Available from $25 $200

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MATADOR BOISE

Situated on historic 8th St in energetic downtown Boise, the Matador has been a part of the city’s restaurant and happy hour scene since 2010. Within easy walking or biking distance from all downtown shops and sights, as well as the Greenbelt and the scenic Treasure Valley foothills, the Matador offers adventures in Mexican-inspired food and tequila when you need a retreat from your adventures outdoors or in town.

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MATADOR MERIDIAN

Located in The Village at Meridian, in the heart of Idaho’s Treasure Valley, the Matador restaurant is at the center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas, surrounded by a rich green landscape, wide sidewalks, colorful dancing fountains, entertainment, shopping, and events. With the Matador’s distinctive colors, unique metal and woodwork, and multitude of candles, the family-friendly environment offers an exceptional Meridian experience, giving guests a break from the action and making them feel right at home.

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Contact Us

Matador Restaurants

BOISE

Our restaurant is located on N 8th Street, just south of W Bannock Street in downtown Boise.

Open 11am – 2am Daily {21+ after 9pm}

Happy Hour is 4pm – 6pm & 10pm – 1am Daily

215 N 8th St
Boise, ID 83702

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Ph: (208) 342-9988

Email: [email protected]


MERIDIAN

Our restaurant is located in The Village Meridian, on E Monarch Sky Lane just west of Records Lane and close to Eagle Road.

Open 11am – 12am Sun to Thu, 11 am – 2 am Fri & Sat {21+ after 10 pm}

Happy Hour is 4pm – 6pm & 10pm – 1am Daily

3690 E Monarch Sky Ln
Meridian, Idaho 83646

Email: [email protected]


¡Tacos, Tequila, & Tatas!

Ever wondered how you can contribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month just by eating tacos and drinking tequila? Of course you have! So we're going to make this real easy for you. Join the Matador and Expedition Inspiration this Friday for ¡Tacos, Tequila, & Tatas! Drink and food specials, a silent auction, a custom t-shirt sale, and more! Proceeds from this event go to Expedition Inspiration. Until there's a cure, there's a climb! See you there...

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Wednesday, October 12, 2016


Join us for a private evening with Patron Tequila as we host an exclusive 4 course dinner paired with offerings from the Patron portfolio on Monday, April 24th at 6pm! Tickets are going fast but we still have a few seats available. Call now at 208.893.6120 to reserve your spot or stop in and see us at the Village. It's going to be one of "those" nights....

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dio de los Matadors

t's time! For the next 3 days, come celebrate with us at the Matador! Specials on Corralejo margaritas and Modelo Campechanos, $1 street tacos, traditional face-painting, and more. Get your spooky on!

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Monday, October 31, 2016

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sundown at the Village

Tomorrow is the big day! Cinco de Mayo is almost here! Specials on food and drink all day and into the night at the Casa. See you then....

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ARE YOU EXCITED??!!?? National Margarita Day is next Wednesday, February 22nd, so you know what that means. We'll be doing it right and celebrating all day with special featured margaritas, the biggest tequila selection in the northwest, and the freshest TexMex around. Come out to the Village for Margaritas at the Matador. See you there!

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Very Matador Christmas

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from all of us at the Matador!

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Sunday, December 25, 2016

Kickstart my Marg

It's here it's here it's here it's here!!!!!! CINCO de MAYO has arrived!!!!!

Posted by Matador Restaurants on Thursday, May 5, 2016