El Torito - Dana Point

3.9
167 reviews
$30 and under
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 167 People Are Saying
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DorothyP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Atmosphere was good service was great but the food taste not like before COVID-19 it’s too salty on everything and too bland on their tortilla chips

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Good took way too long and order was incorrect. Food was cold

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Great service.

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Sherry
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and got a window seat. The food was delicious and service good.

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vipTGD54
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dana Point El Torito Team was outstanding from the time we entered the restaurant to the minute we left!
The food was great, service outstanding, friendly, and courteous!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Do not go here. The place is in serious need of refurbishment. The carpet is dirty and run down, and the food was sub par. We made the mistake of coming on Sunday for lunch and our only option was Sunday brunch buffet. The food tasted old like it had been sitting there for awhile and was sad looking. Had to wait in line for what felt like cafeteria food.

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LBFoodie
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food awesome service. Cool view of the marina 😀

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The handicap access was challenging

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original Margaritas were delicious! Food was very good.

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JesikaN
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The food was great but the service was terrible. It was EMPTY however we still did not receive any service

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NicoleJ
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful to eat out for the first time in 14 months! The staff were so attentive and kind and the food was excellent, just like I remembered

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food is absolute trash. Super cold items. Poor quality. I know they are doing their best through these times but come on. $31 for basically cold and poor quality food. Took two bites and couldn’t do anymore.

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Toni
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, would definitely recommend, Beautiful view of marina.

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vipSeemaK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never go there again!!

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ErinM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bernice was our waitress, she was very attentive and made our mothers day very memorable. We will definitely be back!

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MamaDrama
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday brunch around!!! Great value. Covid safely measures made us feel safe

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Reem
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

It was obvious that they were understaffed! It took a half hour before we got our drinks ordered and another 40 minutes to get them. Over an hour and 10 minutes to get our food which was not even warm! The manager was kind and understanding when we shared our concern and offered to give us a discount.

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RosieF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open table reservations worked extremely well. Service was great & food delivered in a timely manner. Our party of 7 were treated well & I would recommend to do Open table reservation only. Enjoyed a text confirming my reservation and also a reminder a day before my reservation.

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AndyD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times before, love the food and views of the harbor. Great service, even on very busy nite. Will be again.

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SALLIEC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

They accepted our open table reservation and seated us right away. The waiter was friendly and the food was good. The restaurant location at the harbor is nice but the restaurant is dated. Try to get a table in the main dining room with a harbor view not in the bar area.

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vipAura
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Estuvo bueno el ambiente!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The food was cold, and the service was poor. We had to call the manager over. I think it is to busy for them on the weekends.

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JEANETTEP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing we travel 350 miles to come here every year for moms bday and mothers day. Thank you for a great day great food and great service. Your service and food is worth the trip.

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Food42
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food was good. Service was good. Restaurant needs some maintenance love.

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vipSingingtwin
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Both my steak and my sister's fajitas were ordered medium rare. They both came well done and the steak was tough. It took 35 minutes for our food to arrive and we did not have time or the opportunity to ask for the beef to be cooked again.

Our guests did enjoy their shrimp tacos.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Marcos was great!

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GaryJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our dining experience was HORRIBLE !!
The food was substandard.
The meat was overcooked and tough.
The service was terrible.
The restaurant was dirty and old.
The prices were excessive.
WE WILL NOT BE RETURNING !!

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Pinklover
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch was done very well especially during Covid! Our family had great service from Julie. Food was fresh and hot

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KatP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Easter Sunday brunch with a party of 6, waited about 15 minutes before being seated in a good size table for a large party. They did a good job making accommodations due to COVID rules on buffets. Would recommend to anyone wanting to get out for Sunday brunch but make reservations.

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DianeB
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy I chose this restaurant for our Easter gathering with my grandkids. El Torito’s did a Hugh buffet safely. Service was superb Marcos was so attentive and came by very frequently to refill our mimosas. The food was outstanding. There were multiple buffet bars where they created your custom fajitas, and a taco bar, and a buffet with rice and beans, enchiladas and more. It must have been ten feet long. The dessert bar created Banana Fosters and dessert waffles and also served bread pudding, deep chocolate cake and rice pudding to name a few. The location is terrific as well. We waited right at the marina for our table. They text you when your table is ready.

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Leslie
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and service!

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DouglasS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good deal and the food was tasty. The champagne kept pouring and we really enjoyed this brunch.

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EllenE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

made reservations for 10:30, checked in at 10:20 and didn't get seated until 11:20. table was a mess before we got seated, got a broken chair, worse that this very table was sitting empty the whole hour we waited. Hostess was a bit rude.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great brunch and the food was amazing.

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JustinB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great. We got a seat in less than 15 minutes. The unlimited samosas were great our server made sure we never ran out. Definitely going back to el Torito!

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KristenM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service was terrible and our food was cold. We were seated right away, but our table had a direct cold draft of air. We noticed that multiple people had asked to switch from that table, due to the cold. Our chips and salsa arrived quickly, but our drinks took time. The house margaritas had little to no alcohol on them. We don’t drink often, so it was noticeable that the alcohol was missing. Once we finally were able to order, it took our food more than 40 minutes to arrive. Two of our meals were cold. Only the kids meals were warm. We were served additional meals, which miraculously came out in minutes. The food was mediocre and the service was extremely disappointing. I would not recommend this place and have no interest in returning there to eat.

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FrankS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent--very attentive. We ate indoors since it was quite chilly outside. The prices were a little on the high side (almost nothing below $14.50) but perhaps that's the new normal.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Worst service in 10 years. Server was a little rude and the manager didn't even care that food orders took 65+ mins. Absolutely ridiculous as there was plenty of staff for all 9 tables in entire restaurant & the fact that everyone there didn't even acknowledge any issues. Love el torito, but will never go back to this location.

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Hill
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate dinner on the patio because we brought our dog, even though the restaurant had just started opening up indoor dining. The service was attentive and it was not crowded, even on a Saturday night. We shared a carnitas plate and it was delicious and enough for two. The Cadillac margaritas were excellent, as was the flan that ended the meal.

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vipmary
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The waiter was rude and not accommodating . When my friend ordered an a la carte, he made this face of disapproval. When we would ask for something, we felt he was upset for being inconvenienced It was not a busy day. We waited a long time before we got our bill after boxing the food.

FAQs

El Torito - Dana Point does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Dana Point also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 496-6311.

El Torito - Dana Point is rated 3.9 stars by 167 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.