El Torito - Santa Monica

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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 37 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.0
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4.0
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4.1
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encinogroup
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service. Liked the seating on the patio. Attentive server. Asked for more napkins, more beverage, etc-prompt response.

Good food.

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TheresaH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I order 2x a week on line ,it was a pleasure to come back to Sunday Brunch
Best food in town

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vipAdman
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Food was okay. Service was barely existent. Had to request water refills.

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HenryR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, service , noise level, was excellent. I recommend this El Torito in Santa Monica.

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RhondaC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

All of the booths ended up full, which surprised me considering the social distancing requirement.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food - such good service, amazing guacamole, overall great experience!

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MicheleL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Good value, nice mimosa brunch. The buffet food wasn't that fantastic but okay for tacos. I wouldn't recommend the seafood but my kids loved the waffle station.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Took a large party here for lunch. The food was good. We all had the lunch buffet.

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vip90210Realtor
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Like the breakfast/brunch buffet...

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Watching the Super Bowl!

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vipMTSM
Los Angeles
124 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The Salmon Veracruz on a bed of spinach is on a par with twice as expensive dish salmon dishes at fancy places. The chicken tortilla soup is hearty and wholesome. Oh ... and every holiday season we order a dozen of the tasty tamales.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Didn’t have the opportunity to try the location. We arrived before 10 and it was already closed.

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mspickypants
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for brunch on Christmas day and they really had a great spread, including ham and prime rib in addition to the regular offerings. It was way more than I was expecting!

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BobF
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Food was all cold for everyone at the table since this was serve yourself buffet. Potatoes, yams etc. Told waitress who told the manager. Manager never came to table to see what was cold. When walking out we told her again how unhappy we were and she told us she had put a thermometer in the food and it was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Amazing drinks and food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just having a heart to heart with my best friend.Therapy

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encinogroup
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We really didn't need a reservation...the restaurant was empty. The staff seemed occupied with other chores besides waiting and serving us.

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

This location offered pretty terrible service. Took half an hour to take our order and, after another half an hour of waiting for the appetizers to come, we had to eventually leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

The brunch experience needs help. $27 for an adult is a bit pricey for what they provide. I expected better and walked away disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Good service. Visited to redeem a birthday coupon.

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vipMegrus
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

We really love the food and drinks here, but the service is SLOW. Be prepared to spend some time.

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vipstgactor
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent food and service here, great bright atmosphere. The salmon tacos and the shrimp street tacos are fantastic.

JM
JohnM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was great and an incredible value. We did this as an informal graduation lunch for my son and it worked well for a party of 12.

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LilyA
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was amazing! Our waitress was the best! Really enjoyed our dinner

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NellyA
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

The service was really slow. Waited over 30mins for the food. We were 8 people and they brought the food 2 plates at a time, we had the wait for everyone to get their food so we can eat together☹️

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LesC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

After dining at El Torito for several years, we have decided that we are not likely to return again. The last three visits were mediocre at best. We ate at the buffet on this visit. The cheese enchiladas lacked cheese inside and were more than dry as they sat untouched on the buffet table from the time we arrived until we departed. Their famous cilantro salad dressing seemed to be watered down. The best dish was their corn cake, if you could dig around the dry stuff on top.

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AudreyPittman
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was friendly, very helpful and made our experience wonderful. The food was delicious and the selection was plentiful. Thank you for the experience. Will return sooner than later!

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JudieJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The experience was average, cost of Sunday Brunch at $29.00 was reasonable however beverage (juice, coffee and/or soft drink) NOT included. Food is not outstanding; however it is an all you can eat buffet. AND there is a 10% offered with AAA membership.

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vipsteaklover
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service!

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KittyKoi
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We went out for Valentine’s Day as a family with a kindergartner and a 4 month old baby. The restaurant is spacious and and most appropriate for a family dinner. We enjoyed ourselves. This particular location felt more like a family-owned restaurant than a a chain restaurant. We’ll be back again. :)

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vipMonicaE
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We were right on time for our reservation and they told us to go to the bar as they were very busy and they would call us. There appeared to be several tables available but she was insistant.
We went to the bar and waited and waited, when I finally went back to the desk they had MANY empty table and had just forgot us.
I would not go back for the bad service and mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was good. It was a nice easy place to go before a show.

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Gigi
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited ElTorito for the Christmas Buffet and it was fabulous! We were seated quickly - great waiter who checked with us often and most important, good food and NO lines to get our food at the different stations. Excellent - would certainly recommend the buffet whenever it is offered. I know they have it on Sundays and special occasions. Great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

good food, service could have been better tho.

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Miss
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I made a reservation for 16 and we ended up having more than that however the staff here were very accommodating and did not seem upset or anything rather they ensured we all had a seat .

MB
MaxwellB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would like to thank you for recognizing our Veterans with a fine meal.

FAQs

El Torito - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Santa Monica also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 450-8665.

El Torito - Santa Monica is rated 4 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

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