El Torito - Cypress

4.3
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37 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Casual
Sunday Lunch
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.
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OT
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Waited 45 minutes to get our food!

IA
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

v
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.

JG
Orange County
1 review
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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KS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven't been here in years and truly enjoyed the experience. The team was nice and food delicious

DS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my entire family of 10 to Sunday brunch. Everybody in the group really enjoyed the food and experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had two extra guests that were added last minute and they were kind enough to give us a spot large enough for us all. They also seated us early despite the added guest and our 30 minute early arrival. The service was great and the Thanksgiving Feast was delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

Food wasn't worth the money was more like a upscale taco truck.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely brunch with friends. Good service.

MW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff at El Torito Cypress was awesome, and the food was delicious. The have added a new seafood section with shrimp tamales, paella, and ceviche. We had a wonderful birthday celebration for my son.

M
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gloria was absolutely amazing. Great customer service skills

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Both service and food were good.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

The server was overwhelmed, seemed to have the whole restaurant to herself. My brother is very allergic to tomatoes and the dish he ordered didn’t say anything about tomatoes. To top it off the hostess complained to me in the bathroom about how she just hates working and she’s “so over it”.

LC
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall1Food4Service3Ambience2

Even though we had a reservation we found ourselves waiting 45 minutes to be seated because they did not have the reservation although I took a screenshot of the reservation we made on OpenTable. They kept telling us they were setting up the table and I finally the sat us in a random location where the server took a long time to get us our drinks.

LH
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the food and service. Whenever we want Mexican food that’s where we go. It’s our favorite restaurant

l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this location. It is much more open. That being said, it is loud in there. It's a fun and festive loud. Mariachis and Mexican music adds to the fun atmosphere. They are very organized and prepare well for a popular Sunday brunch. Every employee I interacted with was very pleasant.Unlimited mimosas.....hello!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My Mother’s Birthday

T
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Extremely poor service. Half of our guests received their dinner 15 minutes after everyone else. Took forever to receive our drinks and our check at the end. It was a special occasion and it was a terrible experience. We will not go back again!

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was great!!! Food was great and quick!! The only reason I gave only four stars for overall experience ,due to the fact that I thought when you reserve a table, that means you skip the wait time.But wait time was only ten minutes to be seated at our table so the wait wasn’t long 😊

CP
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Unfortunately the only time I could reserve for our party of 8 was 2:15. We were seated at a temporary table they set up and was uncomfortable and tight for all of us. The music speakers were right on top of us and was blasting loud which made it difficult for us to talk without yelling. Being we came almost at the end of the brunch, the food was not hot and out of several items, which eventually were replenished, but not when we first went to get our meal. Our server tried, but being so busy, we had to bus our own dirty dishes to an empty table next to ours. We usually go to the Huntington Beach El Torito and had a better experience than we had this time.

ML
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our service was excellent, but there was a major problem getting the food out. The manager apologized and said there was an issue in the kitchen. She made it up to us

j
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Brunch, it was so delicious. I especially liked the huevos rancheros.

CD
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Took 45 minutes before we saw anybody. Not even water for that long.

TQ
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the buffet! Our server was attentive. She consistently came to pick up used plates and would ask us if we needed anything else. The food was fresh. So much variety! I have been to El Torrito Buena Park in the past years. But Cypress has a better layout. If I could suggest anything it would be the waffle bar. It was extremely hard to spoon out the whip cream. Perhaps to place like an ice cream scooper or have a large spoon and another utensil to push the cream onto the plate. I am returning on Easter and taking my extended family of 10 to eat there. This will be their first time at the Cypress location. Thanks to all your staff for such excellent service!

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've loved El Torito for a long time, they never disappoint. Food is always very good.

ML
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was excellent! Very friendly and attentive! When we went they had an enchilada special which was awesome!

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Service by Gloria was even better!

MB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not only did we have exceptional service but my father accidentally dropped his bottle of nitro glycerin and they found it and returned it to us! Thank you for giving my sister a birthday to remember!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The hand made tacos were so good, limited selection but over all pretty good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my cousin to brunch to celebrate 2019! We enjoyed El Torito‘s brunch because we haven’t been there in 10 years and the food is amazing and the service was great!! We can’t wait to go back.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Everything was great except the seating. I had reservation for a party of 14 and 6 kids and had to split them into three different tables because they couldn’t accommodate everyone in one table. Would’ve been nice to have kept the whole family together as it was our annual end of year brunch together.

P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gloria was great! Steak sizzling enchiladas were delicious!

F
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good place different variety of food when you go for the Sunday brunch . We had an excellent server

O
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The food was pretty good but the service took forever...it was a busy night but sat with no water/chips for over 20 minutes. There should have been more servers since it's the Holiday Season. The servers were friendly but just super busy.

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Our meal was fine. Food isn't quite as good as I remember it being, but was fine. Our group enjoyed it. Place was very crowded. Tables close to the buffet had chairs and bags sticking out so getting around them was difficult. Overall the lines at the buffet were packed. People were pushing and shoving to get through. One guy knocked into a woman and spilled her entire soup, looked back and kept on walking. Food trays were empty and took time to replenish. Also, the taco line was all over the place and people would cut in front of others, and since the line direction was sort of backwards, after getting your tacos you needed to cut back through to get your toppings. And when the staff was asked if that was how is was supposed to be, they said yes and didn't want to make the line in the other direction. Service was just meh. Plates were not picked up and left sitting till the end of our meal. Our drinks were not refilled, except for those who had mimosas. Also, we were charged for 8 persons, when we only had seven. Server was irritated at having to redo the bill and almost insisted that we had 8. The charge for music was also high I thought. And it wasn't considered a donation. They demanded money and were very forceful in getting you to pay for two songs. Uncomfortable situation. Overall the meal was fine. No hurry to go back though.

BT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Brunch was awesome! So many choices. Everything was good. Can’t wait to go again.

T
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Waited over 1 hour for table with reservations. Would not recommended