El Torito - Ontario

4.2
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55 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.

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What 55 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.2
Ambience
4.1
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MartinH
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Made reservations for brunch at 12:300pm. I arrived at 12:10pm and checked in with the front hosts. Not only was she rude but made us wait to be seated. We finally got to a table at 12:50pm. No manger to be found in between, the food was cold and the services was very slow. This place is bad all around!!

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vipCheriM
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Always a great time!

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samg
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Food is great, price reflects that. Service was exceptional.

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Garret
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best brunches around! Continue to visit this restaurant during the week so they don't close the establishment.

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LindaO
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Our food was cold and it is too loud in there. Our server was a 10 and the manager very kind

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David
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Had reservations at 8:00pm, came in at 7:45, was seated at 8:30. Food came in at 9:20. Not sure why I had a reservation, people were seated on first-come first-served basis.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Superb food

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PeterV
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

No avocados. Kitchen was slammed. Took over an hour and 20 minutes to get our order.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice pick for a last minute Valentine's dinner. Walked in a few minutes early & was seated right away. Food & drinks good, great service. Open table is the only way to go.

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CharlesW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I went on Valentines Day and had the 3 course special. everything was 5 star all the way. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

Even tho I made a reservation I had to wait 20 min to be seated. They have raised the prices quite a bit which is fine but they should make sure they can seat people quickly. If someone is paying $27 they shouldn’t have to wait long and since the servers aren’t serving food they should make
sure champagne and water glasses are full.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was great, but the customer service could have been better. It took the server about 10-15 minutes to stop by after the host seated us. We practically got our food and drinks at the same time. After getting our food, the server only checked on us once... however, the food was pretty good!

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Kevin1996xp
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love you guys keep up the good work see you next time

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TylerJ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

El Torito was one of my favorite restaurants as a kid. Today it is forgettable. Not horrible, but not remarkable. Service was a little slow, but not slow enough you'd talk to the manager. Food was a little off (some items tasting stale, or soggy) but not so horrible that you'd send it back.

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vipSLS4ME
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For a very busy Saturday night (1-4-2020) where most parents came to eat with their kids after Disney on Ice a the Toyota Arena, the restaurant was packed! If you did not have a reservation like we did, the wait was 35-45 minutes. The waiter was great. Handled orders with grace and delivered our food orders to the table hot, which is very important. Food was fantastic tasting. One draw back: the kids meal menu really should be revamped. The pizza is no more than microwave pizza and as my 9 yr. old granddaughter pointed out, it was very bland tasting; she did not finish it. There is no reason why a kids menu cannot have rice and beans with mini tacos or a regular style taco, or enchilada , to name a few. Also, the Ontario El Torito really needs to revamp their bathrooms. They smell, never really clean and wallpaper is actually falling off the walls and stained. Restaurant bathrooms say a lot about the management on their commitments to cleaniness .

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JohnD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

The service was not very good. The greeters are not organized and the waiter was just a young kid that did not know how to be efficient. Will not return.

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GoYo
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Reception was disorganized and would not honor the open table reservation. Another couple had open table reservations and they were forgotten and passed over, we waited 15-20 minutes past our reservation and were seated only when I made an issue of the wait. Once seated the service was attentive without being intrusive. The food was good, but would have been better if they went easier on the cilabtro, the cilantro over-powered all the other flavors. This was unfotunate as the food otherwise was flavorful. My biggest objection is the disorganized reception desk

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EdHA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a wonderful time. Our server Fabi was great. The food is always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great Christmas Day buffet and taco station.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Family got together for Christmas brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was awesome! Super attentive. Food was good too. Only downside is they changed the channel from football to basketball.

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SummerD
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Just a little pricey not sure we would do $27.99 per person again

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ElizabethE
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Our server was amazing!! I really wish I could remember her name. Great service!!

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vipSLS4ME
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner reservation time was honored and we were seated in a nice table with good atmosphere. Our server was great and the food was also great. The only drawback we have is that we were served our soup and salad respectively, and not more than exactly 3 minutes later, our main entree food was served. It was way too fast to even let us enjoy our soup/salad before the main entree. Slow down. Yes, the restaurant was active but not all tables had customers in them so the rush to get out the main entrees was not acceptable.

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vipCheriM
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Jesus was fantastic! He was very on top of things.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and drinks were amazing! I would come back to this location. I like the whole new look of el Torito. It makes it look more formal.

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vipOldHat
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Staff was very apologetic about the delays. When the food arrived, it was on the colder side. Drinks were not filled nor did server check back to see how we were going

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MichelleA
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Maria Peña was phenomenal. Very attentive and kind. Will be returning soon.

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joanM
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we'll back back 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 5050 fifty words 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 FIFTY WORDS REALLY ?

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NashP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was good, prices can be little less. Initially the service was very poor. It took more than 15 mins for our server to come and get our drinks order. Even after that, the drinks came after 10-15 minutes. Food order was taken as soon as I pointed out and food came out hot and fast.

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vipSLS4ME
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had been avoiding going back to El Torito in Ontario, Ca. for sometime as the last experience was absolutely horrible! Good to see things have improved. We will be back.

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Mpluv05
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El Torito brunch on Sundays is one of the best Mexican buffets I’ve ever been to .Welove all the food choices that they offered.customer service was great we’re definitely coming back and referring friends and family

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LuigiC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We where there a bit early but it was really nice and our sever was amazing he was very attentive and on point. Will go back again

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PamelaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It is my go to place for Mexican food. My wish is they had a salsa that was mild for those of us without the ability to eat very spicy salsa. The food was fresh and our sizzling fajitas were very good.

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YaraS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lepe is by far the BEST server! We went for Sunday brunch and our mimosas were never empty. Food is great and Lepe treats you like family. Will definitely be back!

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MarrhaD
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Took them 45 minutes to bring the food out. When it finally arrived, the steak enchiladas had all but 5 pieces of meat

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kevb
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Was seated 10 minutes after reservation time. food took approximately 40 minutes to get. with no visits from waiter in between, had to keep pulling other workers to bring chips, refill our drinks, etc.

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Regina
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

I made reservations and had to wait 25 minutes before being seated. It appeared as if they completely forgot about our reservation until I asked again. We were then seated immediately. In addition, our food took a very long time to come out. We received great customer service from the waiter. He was very nice, attentive and brought us chips and salsa at least 5xs because our food took a very long time to come out. Overall, the food was amazing and I love El Torito minus our experience for waiting after having reservations. We almost waited just as long as the guest without prior reservations.

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viplonmar
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

First off, this restaurant adds a surcharge to the total bill because they do not want to raise prices! What else is the surcharge? The surcharge is not devulged until you get the bill. I was told this by manager. The server gave some cockamamy answer about wage distribution. If she did not know why the surcharge she should not have answered. We waited over 15 minutes just for our waters. $12 for a margarita? Small glass with one shot. No value here. The food was OK. Nothing special. Result, overpriced for what we received. Will not come back. Many Mexican restaurants in this area with better food, drinks and value without a "hidden" raise in prices.

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CrystalrainsJ
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience5

We were sat at a cramped table barely had any room for our plates which was very annoying. We did have a party of and they put us at a table they sat 4 with a chair on the end. Service took a while. Had to ask another waiter for a drink I had been waiting for about 10 minutes with an empty cup. I server was good had him before but he was overwhelmed with attending other tables. Wasn’t like our first visit. Very disappointed in this dining experience.

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El Torito - Ontario does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Ontario also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 944-9102.

El Torito - Ontario is rated 4.2 stars by 55 OpenTable diners.

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