El Torito - Cypress

4.3
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73 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Founded in 1954, El Torito is the authority in great Mexican food. A festive & hospitable restaurant rich in heritage, we focus on offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family, as if we are welcoming them home.

Using the freshest ingredients and boldest flavors, our menu offers a range of quintessential Mexican food, along with culinary innovations we know guests will love. We are known best for our tableside preparations, including our made-to-order guacamole and flame-grilled fajitas, which arrive sizzling to the table.

Our standard is great, and we don’t do anything without passion. Over 60 years, we’ve learned a lot about Mexican food, like how not to mess it up.
What 73 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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vipOpenTable Diner
Nagoya
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked a table for 8 to celebrate my daughters birthday and they tried to split us into 2 tables even though tables for 8 were available. Horrible customer service, never going back!

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WendyG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server Gloria was outstanding!! The service was great!!

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JosephB
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We had dinner outside there this time around. The last time I ordered food which was a to go order, the order wasn't correct. That was on June 13,2020. I had ordered two combos (one for the wife and one for me). I still have the receipt and even sent an email, but never did hear from anyone. I ordered two chicken tacos for my combination plate. However, after I got back home, I noticed my tacos were beef and not chicken. I dont eat beef so I had to throw it away instead of driving all the way back.

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ArthurE
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

No social distancing under the tarp our table Was dirty.We cleaned our own table with Clorox wipes. People walking around with no masks.food took long time to get ..food was cold...

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GabrielaR
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this location specially to celebrate my son's birthday
Thank you guys for your amazing service 😃
I will recommend this place

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Gmacn
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food, good margaritas. Service was a little slow.

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AnnW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I had made reservations for lunch for 1 pm and we were seated promptly on one of the side patios as requested. Our server was cheerful and attentive. bringing all our requests(extra dressing for our salads, extra pepitas, separate checks, and sodas to go) with a smile. We all ordered the grilled chicken caesar salad and loved it! The only very small complaint was the unevenness of the tables on the patio. All in all, a great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

We were sat in a corner on the patio where a door kept opening and hitting our chairs and we were not 6 feet away from the other tables. Took over 15 minutes to get greeted and our server was very non attentive. Overall not a great experience.

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TerriH
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The service was good but the food wasn’t hot, it was barely warm.

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Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a reservation made on for 730. Didn't get seated till 745. While there was 2 open tables available. Seems like the coordination between all staff needs to be addressed.

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MarleneA
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff and food both very good during this Covid time.

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StephanN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Don’t order a strawberry margarita, they are not good at all.

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LunchatDailys
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My wife’s birthday; we all had a great time.

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Imageman
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

One of the best El Toritos I have eaten in... Eduardo is an exceptional waiter and I have always had great service. Due to COVID-19 you should ask if your regular orders will be made same way... there have been some changes. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were great. Restaurant employed social distancing and disinfectant protocols sufficiently.

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AmadoF
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Although we had reservations for 2 at 12 o'clock,we had to wait about ten minutes or so to be seated. When we were seated there were empty tables around? Service started out slow but then picked up to very good. The food was very good and well prepared, we will probably return in the future.

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HelenK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great experience having lunch with an old friend!

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DianneN
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Not a long wait. Delicious food. Reasonable prices that are not out of sight.

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DennisS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at El Torito. The food is always good and they were very well organized as far as social distancing, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2020
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience4

Nowhere in their details does it say that it’s buffet (brunch) ONLY. It only shows their menu for regular meals. Even after we got there and scanning the barcode with our phones, it only shows the regular menu.

I had to wait until 1pm to order regular food off the menu. The manager offered my kids food while we waited. I thought it was a kind gesture for the inconvenience. Then realized she charged us $9.99 plus tax for each kid for less than a half taco worth of food. I finally ordered my food at 1pm then they made me wait another 40 minutes until it was ready. Not a happy experience after waiting to eat out again due to COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Daughter’s birthday

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NancyG
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Only waited a few minutes after our reservation time. Service was attentive, the food was delicious and that cilantro margarita is to die for.

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RoxanneF
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed eating out after being in quarantined. Service was outstanding! Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Poor service. Reservations were at 545, we didn’t get our order taken until 615 and our food came out at 7.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Birthday it took 1 hour after contact with waiter to receive our meal. Seemed to be due to backlog for takeout.

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GinaP
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

They did a wonderful job, the only problem is we waited for our waiter for way to long and ended up asking someone else to bring our bill. However, before we left our waiter came over and thanked us for coming in.

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HelenK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fajitas steak salad was as delicious as ever! Julio (our server) was great. Don’t be in a hurry when you go. Staff is also adjusting to your the changes. I definitely look forward to going back. Making online reservations was very easy.👍👍👍

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Brenda
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just the best food and service I always enjoy my dates with my wife

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Tammy
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is always so nice! Very attentive & great place to celebrate with family.

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LaurenG
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the brunch very much, we will return again. The service was excellent and friendly.

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ELWOOD69
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Taco. Bar meat kinda salty😎

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vipmiscony
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good but just a bit pricy for Mexican food.

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LuckyDad
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We were taken care of by a very attentive and helpful server ( she grabbed the two last mud pies available before a 20 minute wait for the next one to become available)! The five of us had a great Valentines Day dinner thanks to her.

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JacquelineN
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

They use cheap meat in the kids tacos. I feel like kids meat should be the same as for adults. Kids don't deserve scraps.

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MartinC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They have remodeled the store. Much better. Very professional. Didn't have to wait to long. 5 minute wait. Food fantastic. Service outstanding. Great attitude.

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Cassidy
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I would recommend this location to a friend because the staff was friendly and made sure we liked our food. I did not like how this location did not have a chocolate fountain and someone was not making waffles. The waffles were fresh, but they were small and already placed in a basket. The bananas were already pre-made (not made on the spot). There should be more vegetarian options so that the $30 is actually worth it for people who are vegetarian.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Waited 45 minutes to get our food!

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InezA
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food is good, but service is bad. We had a reservation and still had to wait more than 30minutes

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vald
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We eat at El Torito often and the food is good, but the Christmas buffet was a bit disappointing. The beans were horrid, the ham was so so, the cheese enchiladas no cheese, a braised beef very chewy, marked the food better. The rest of the food was good. We were both surprised because the lunch buffet is so good.

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JanetteG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and attentive service. Thanks, El Torito for making our Christmas party and fun and festive time! Merry Christmas!

El Torito - Cypress
Responded on 21 December 2019

Hi Janette! Merry Christmas! We are happy to hear you had a great experience at El Torito! see you soon!

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El Torito - Cypress does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Cypress also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 761-8155.

El Torito - Cypress is rated 4.3 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

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