El Torito Grill - Brea

4.4
545 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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Casual
Our mesquite grill transforms simple ingredients, showcasing the bold flavors of Mexico with gourmet flair. Join us at El Torito Grill for Taco Tuesday, daily Happy Hour and our famous Champagne Sunday Brunch.
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set-up, the service, the food was all top level. We did not know what to expect with Covid still playing a big part in the dining experience but this was very well thought out. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will definitely be repeat customers.

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vipWino
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I ordered the carnitas ($19.50). a Patron skinny margarita ($14.50) and a side of corn cakes. Everything was delicious and I took a "to go container" home with me. I've been dining here for nine years and have never been disappointed! The servers are friendly, as well as the rest of the staff.

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RalphR
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience1

We have visited this restaurant many times. We went for Sunday brunch and the food as always was terrific, but no one waited at our table and we had to go to the bar and get our own drinks. There was also a very large obnoxious group of drunks across from our table and management should have halted their alcohol servings. As much as we love the food, we are not going back again.

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RobertD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service was good. Ambience was lively but not distracting.

CP
vipChadP
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really tasty fresh made guacamole! The tortilla soup, however, was quite bland.

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DaveL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Waiter was very busy (Veterans Day) but very attentive. Food was great, service excellent. Appreciate the free meals for veterans also. Time to put Sunday brunch back on the schedule.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service - Waiter was very attentive. Fresh tortilla were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday dinner they forgot to sing but it’s fine overall dinner went great

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HughH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our gps took us to the wrong place and we were going to miss our reservation and the brunch. I called and spoke with the manager who was so kind and helpful and agreed to extend the brunch a little longer. We were able to arrive and enjoy a delicious and delightful brunch! Kind and caring staff! Thank you for helping us enjoy our girl’s weekend!

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Luv2eat
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best brunch outside of Vegas! Been going here for brunch for over 30 years. Hadn't been since pre-pandemic & was worried it wouldn't be the same.
It exceeded all expectations!

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PatrickZ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday was awesome. The food was great and the service good.

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sunnyH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Reservation was great to have, but the hostess walked so fast when seating, & practically threw the menus on the wobbly table. The service was very poor, everyone was so busy, that we had to keep asking for refills, more salsa & butter was brought to us for the fresh tortillas. Unfortunately, the food was cold. The only thing was maybe good was the salsas. The chips were a bit greasy and hard to chew. Very disappointing, since I came from AZ & remember El Torito being so tasty and great. Also, to get to the restaurant, you had to go up a hill with over 6 speed bumps, a bit annoying

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Understaffed. Food arrived cold, burned and arrived after over an hour . Waiter is not attentive cause he has too many customers to tell to. Manager

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vipMarkR
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious - noise and screaming kids was unpleasant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious, the service was not too great. Seems to be short staffed lately

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Might have been short handed last night. Long wait for chips, long wait for forks, long wait for ordering, long wait for water refills. Had to ask front desk for things a few times. Food was fantastic. We’ll be back for sure, last night wasn’t typical in our experience

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Sntplr
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The homemade tortillas with the honey butter are amazing. Our service was not attentive forgetting refills of drinks, and acting irritated when we requested another serving set among other things. Yes, we were short one. The pineapple rice was undercooked and had no flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, fajitas was delicious, ckn fajita salad was full of robust flavors, I will come back again, truly appreciate excellent service, it was the Bar area.

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Heidide
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the El Torito Grill and will stop here whenever our travel allows. We are sad that all locations except this one has closed down. The food, especially the salsas and tortillas, are delicious and the service was fantastic. We love this place!

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MichelleH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’ve been going to this El Torito location with my family since a kid. I love going there, the food and service were on point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was awful, was there a week before and it was good. Came back Friday and my party both ordered the fajitas with steak shrimp and chicken and was not edible. The steak was supposed to be medium rare as sever asked us how do we want it cooked and literally was so tough I couldn’t cut it with a knife. Server tried to rectify the issue and she brought us new steak but it was just as bad. The steak appears to not be made to order and almost appeared that it was similar cooked like at the fairgrounds where they cook the meat ahead of time and then let soak in hot water. I was so disappointed I paid my bill and just left. We should’ve called the manager over and told him that the food was awful but I don’t usually like to do that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very warm and friendly atmosphere. The service is always great. Also enjoyed the tortillas with honey butter to supplement the chips and salsa. We enjoyed our meal! Patio dining was relaxing!!

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vipPeaches
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I usually love El Torito Grill in Brea. HOWEVER last night our servers perfume was overpowering to say the least and not in a good way. I almost left but instead tried to hold my breath when she came near. Who wears that much perfume and especially if you work in the food industry.
The steak in my taco was so hard and chewy it was inedible. Thankfully we had the taco trio with a carnitas taco and a chicken taco also so we had enough to eat.
I wanted to speak to someone on the way out but no one was manning the front. After waiting for a minute or two we just left.
Such a sad experience at one of my favorite restaurants

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BudG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really enjoy Taco Tuesday at the grille! always a great selection of fillings and toppings and fresh made tortillas.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Date night with my sons.

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vipdanield
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Salads great
Tortilla and chips great
Burritos average
Taquitos average
Wonderful waitress

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First brunch post COVID. it was good. We enjoyed ourselves and ate way too much!

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BudG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to taco Tuesday place! Anyway you like it......

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back in the restaurant. Same great food and service. We like being able to make reservations also.

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Zarquony2016
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday, they were great, a little busy, the Margarita had too much orange juice not enough patron, but the taco’s were outstanding. My favorite Al Pastor, a little greasy but so tasty.

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Jake
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good happy hour for the price! Great service, food, and cocktails. ¡Qué sabrosos!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We went gor my nieces Birthday.

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JuanitaE
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, piped music a little too loud.

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VivianaG
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started coming to this El Torito after moving to the area and have always had a good time! The food and staff never fails to make each visit a memory for us and we will continue to happily bring our business to them. Also the freshly made tortillas at each table are the kryptonite to every diet I’m on..I can never just stay away nor have just 1.

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MarkT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Fullest I've seen that restaurant in years. Hour wait w/o reservation! Way too loud. Tables too close together. Seemed like a lot of new staff and not enough (same as many other places!). I'm sure it will even out over time.

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Kayla
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito Grill is one of the best restaurant experiences I have had at the el Torito franchise. This is definitely a new favorite, the filet mignon enchiladas were amazing!

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vipEater1
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great neighborhood friendly place for dining

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busyinoc
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Sooooo slow. It was an hour and a half from the time we sat down until we got our meals.

El Torito Grill - Brea
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luseeb
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had enjoyed Hector's service ; thank you. It had been awhile since we had such good service at EL TORITO.

FAQs

El Torito Grill - Brea does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Torito Grill - Brea also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 990-2411.

El Torito Grill - Brea is rated 4.4 stars by 545 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.