The Matador

2.5 stars 2.5 out of 5 6 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Late Night, Mexican + 3 more
33% of 3 votes say it's Celiac friendly

721 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402 Directions

(253) 627-7100
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    Celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    Not safe for celiac. Waitstaff point blank told me not to order with true allergies. Gluten free options on menu if not celiac.

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    4 rating
    1 year ago

    Let me start by saying I have Hashimoto's, not Celiac, so staying away from gluten is important, but worrying about cross contamination is not as big of a worry for me. That said, they have one fryer that is used for everything. ( As a regular, I'm going to try to change that by being a squeaky wheel). I have been a regular for 7 years and was only recently diagnosed, so I'm happy I can still hang out here. It is true their menu is limited, but it is labeled and can be easily customized to your liking. My favorite appetizer is the stuffed jalapeños, and right now ( it's summer) I am loving the Strawberry salad that I order with extra strawberry, and added shrimp and avocado! The wait staff and cooks are knowledgeable about the menu and can help you make safe choices. Might I also recommend their Margarita? 😉

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    2 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    Chips are not friendly cooked in same fryer as the calamari. West Seattle Matador uses a separate fryer. They only have one fryer in Tacoma, need to change the breading to gluten free on the calamari. Otherwise you have a few choices.

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    1 rating
    3 years ago

    Sicker than a dog. Don't chance it if you have celiac.

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    2 rating
    4 years ago

    Gluten free menu sucks as you can get a gluten free chip. Their gf sandwiches don't have bread or any substitute (shar buns?). Also udi's gluten free tortillas are amazing. Was very disappointed. This is not a gluten free friendly restaurant. Will be checking back for changes because the restaurant is very nice.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    they are very knowledgeable about gluten sensitivity and their gluten free menu indicates items that are fried in shared oil

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    215 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702

    I’ve always had good luck and haven’t ever gotten ill after eating here. The gf cocktails are great. Oh, and the food— it’s really, really good! Service isn’t always the most desirable, but it’s so worth it.

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    5 rating
    6 months ago

    215 N 8th St, Boise, ID 83702

    Limited menu, ask lots of questions. Had their chicken street tacos and chicken soup.

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    Celiac
    3 rating
    7 months ago

    2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    Not that many options for celiacs if you’re being careful about shared surfaces.

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    Not celiac
    1 rating
    8 months ago

    7824 Leary Way, Redmond, WA 98052

    Waitress and manager were not put out from my questions but they treated me like I was someone who would go postal any second, even though I was being totally nice, as I was with on a work dinner with coworkers. The waitress said their fryer for chips was a shared fryer but I questioned how they could call their nachos gluten free (printed on the menu) as such. The manager was called over who treated me the same way...as if I was someone from a psych ward, that would freak out any second (so weird...never been treated like that before). He said it was NOT a shared fryer and ultimately, I did not get sick. But, I won’t be back. Food was just average...could have gotten that level of food from a food truck.

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    Celiac
    3 rating Not celiac friendly
    11 months ago

    3496 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

    They do not have a seperate fryer. Things are clearly marked. I was not impressed with the quality of the food.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    4546 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

    Servers are knowledgeable about GF and are very accommodating. I’ve never had any problems. I usually order tacos and rice and beans, or a salad. Can’t speak for the rest of the menu. FYI, the chips are made in a shared fryer, so those are off limits for GF.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

    3496 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

    OMG.......so delicious! Very celiac aware, lots of choices and fantastic service. Our server Abbey suggested the clementine arugula salad and the street taco sampler....... amazingly tasty! The chips are not made in a designated fryer so I couldn't have them but they allowed me to go across the street and buy some chips to bring in!!! The guac is to die for, fresh and tasty and salsas are equally yummy! Can't wait to come back!!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    3496 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211

    Everything is made with corn tortillas (even the quesadillas). Very good Mexican food, highly recommend.

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    5 rating
    3 years ago

    2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    soo good. server knew what to avoid

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    WOW! I ate here last night for the first time and I can't tell you how impressed I am with my server, manager and chef. All worked to make sure my food (I have celiac disease) was safe and delicious for me. I will definitely go back!

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    6 years ago

    2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    Love that they have many GF options on their menu. The GF quesadillas are delicious!

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    5 rating
    6 years ago

    2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    so very tasty!! absolutely a great spot will continue to go back.. GF menu is large, food is fresh and flavorful. They say they are Tex-Mex and I had avoided them for years because of it (not a tex mex fan!) i would never think of them as Tex Mex as much as just foodie/gourmet mexican. grab some friends and head over there now!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Bar
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Restaurant
Monday
12 am - 2 am, 11 am - 12 am
Tuesday
12 am - 2 am, 11 am - 12 am
Wednesday
12 am - 2 am, 11 am - 12 am
Thursday
12 am - 2 am, 11 am - 12 am
Friday
12 am - 2 am, 11 am - 12 am
Saturday
12 am - 2 am, 10 am - 12 am
Sunday
12 am - 2 am, 10 am - 12 am

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