El Torito - Riverside Plaza

4.4
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20 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 20 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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mkd03
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious service was excellent. Definitely recommend.

MC
MitchC
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always

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aland
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Valentines day dinner for two was very good. The choices pleased my girlfriend and I. The service was very good, particularly since it was a very busy day at El Torito. Thanks

MC
MitchC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food! Service was a bit slow this time!

MC
MitchC
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and fun place for Sunday Brunch! Plenty of great food choices, and great live Mariachi Music

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SonyaB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

For $30 I was expecting better food. They had one type of enchilada which was very dry. The tamale had very little meat in them. we had to ask for extra meat from the taco bar for the tamales.
It said seafood and all they had was nasty cold shrimp. Not worth $30. Go somewhere else.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the service, food and prices. Nice experience

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CynthiaD
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lorenzo, Vincent, Juan, Destiny are some of the waiters and waitress who give excellent service.

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Janet
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El Torito is my family's 'go-to' Restaurant in Riverside, CA; we have been loyal customers for numerous years. Their Mexican foods are unquestionably some of the best in this city! We have not one time ever been disappointed with either the foods, or service, at this particular El Torito Rest; foods are nicely arranged and appetizing--delicious, and the servers are dedicated to their customers, which brings us back time and time again! We have attended three Thanksgiving buffets in recent years, including this 2019 year; the great thing about these lavish, well-planned buffets is the addition of traditional American entrees--ham, some of the BEST mashed potatoes w/ bacon bits that I have ever tasted, sweet potatoes, etc. What a great choice of well-prepared foods from which to choose. Many thanks to the managers, servers and food preparation staff at El Torito!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience5

All they offered was a buffet that wasn't all that good.it looked like it had been out all day. Wouldn't not recomend this for the price. Wish they would have offered there regular menu

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DRDWR
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El Torito was the perfect place for a business lunch and very affordable. We had the all-you-can eat soup and salad and it was delicious. I actually did request a second salad because it was so good. Complimentary chips and salsa come along with the lunch. What a greta bargain!


Service was quick and attentive and even though we lunched for over an hour, we were not made to feel rushed.

We were seated in a comfortable both and it was quiet for an easy conversation. I recommend El Torito Riverside for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were seated immediately and were able to get an inside table even though app said there were only outside tables. The service was excellent and the food was flavorful!

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KathyA
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

It was awful
Was supposed to be a special occasion but was a waste of $60.00

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vipAbby1Love
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Their reservations are nor honored, they said I would have to wait 45 min to an hour even with reservations, I think that is silly and rude, will not be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Pleased to see that El Torito was on Open Table, disappointed that location (hostess) said they had not figured out how to use application yet but they still honored my reservation time/party. Aside from that the main reason I had wanted to eat here was the tableside guac. That was so disappointing with an unripe avocado that had literal roots in the meat of the mix. So sad and such an appetite killer.

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

very good overall thank you very much,
I will recommend to others

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Cassandra
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate here Christmas Day and although we had reservations, they weren’t needed, as the restaurant wasn’t really busy at that time. The young woman who seated us was polite (although she pronounced “buffet” wrong. It’s not “buff-ett”!) Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable - we couldn’t have had better service. And the young man who made our guacamole table-side was friendly and made the guacamole to order. Our meal was delicious and there was plenty for leftovers.
Will definitely eat here again!

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LoriF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Got there before the rush. The waiter was great and quick. Perfect evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

The restaurant computer system did not have any record of this reservation through open table.
The hostess said open table does not work for same-day reservations so my name was put on waiting list like everybody else to get a table. Fortunately we didn’t have to wait long.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a nice Sunday outing for two!

FAQs

El Torito - Riverside Plaza does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Riverside Plaza also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 684-6816.

El Torito - Riverside Plaza is rated 4.4 stars by 20 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.