El Torito - Marina Del Rey

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43 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 43 People Are Saying
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MA
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was very pleasant, fun and service was very good!

v
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time! Hadn't been here in years a d becoming here for lots of years.....

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good location and good food

l
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was busy and had to wait a while to be seated for our reservation. But they got us a nice table for 10 overlooking the water like we asked. Servers were attentive and friendly. Food was delicious and plenty. We ordered a variety and had a lot to take home.
Restrooms should be checked every hour as it was messy.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was great. Our waitress was outstanding and most attentive.

AB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We , had a great time, 2-issues.
1) we took a couple of picture and purchased them, was ready to pay for the pictures with credit card and t HD e guy took us it will be a $3.00 service fee, if I pay with a credit card? The pictures were purchase with cash, this is not right to charge me for using a credit card.

2) My Neice got a $63.00 dollars ticket because she back into a parking space. We didn't see any visible sign posted saying you can't back in to a parking spot

L
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right on time. We had a table by the window. Great view. They took our drink order right away and brought us a basket of chips and 2 bowls of salsa. Fresh crispy chips and mild salsa. I ordered a dark beer and she ordered Kahlua and Cream. Giant heavy glass of beer. She enjoyed the Kahlua. We ordered the Macho Combo to share but somehow they brought 2 whole dinners. When we reminded him that we were going to share, he immediately took the other one away and brought us share plates. The food was well prepared, hot and tasty. Portions were large enough that even sharing, we left half of the tamale.
We were too full for dessert. With alcohol, the bill was only $44 including tax and tip. Just try to get a deal that good in Marina Del Rey anywhere else.

FS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant itself really needs to be completely renovated (they recently refreshed it), so don't expect much from the atmosphere. It's very loud now, due to the tile flooring, and the restaurant looks old and run down - despite the updates. (Try to get permits opening the front windows for dock side outdoor dining!)

That said, the sunset views are beautiful and the food is actually really good! We go quite often and it is consistently well prepared. The service is great and the drinks are delicious too.

FA
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food could of been warmer. Margarita was not hand made watered down buy a machine.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and fast service. Friendly and efficient

JO
Denver
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff makes this place! Great food view as well. A wonderful experience!

TA
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a friends birthday party and really enjoyed our food, waiting staff and vikew!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fajitas just wish the mixed drinks were stronger!!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Beautiful views, great food, but very small. Restaurant is too small.

MM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the locale by the water watching all the boats go by and the sunset as we enjoy our meal and great drinks.

CL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Family members in town for the first time

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Waiter got our order wrong after waiting 25 minutes for food.Very noisy enviornment.

L
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local restaurant. Waiter made every aspect of our meals and drinks specific to our desires. Everything we ate was a very good portion - chimichanga burrito even had the guacamole inside.
I had whole beans instead of retried beans. Black beans is my favorite, but this was a satifisfying replacement.

KG
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. Food came out just warm. Overall, it was not such a good experience. Had been awhile since I was there but won’t be returning.

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 3

We went for Easter for an early dinner with a rather large group (14). We had made reservations and were seated in the middle section between booths. In the beginning everything seemed fine however I’m 7 months pregnant and had to sit with enough room for my belly. I kept getting pushed in by people passing by and even got hit in the head by a server carrying a tray full of dirty dishes. Definitely uncomfortable and two of our guests received their meals halfway through the rest of our dinner. We ended up having to request the desserts that were meant to be included with our children’s menu selections and when we asked for them, our waiter rolled his eyes. Definitely felt like he was just wanting us to leave. Likely won’t be back to this location which sucks because the Redondo Beach is always busy.

CS
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was excellent and food good. We usually go to the El Toritos in Redondo Beach which has been remodeled. This location right on the marina is nice, but if staying around needs the remodel. We were there on a weekday and it was not busy. Parking validated for two hours.

BG
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I usually enjoy this El Torito because it sits right on the water. This weekend, our waitress was really distracted and the entrance to the restaurant smelled like a wet dish cloth. The food and margaritas were great as usual.

AK
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic Mexican dishes. My husband and I had burritos and enchiladas, which were some of the best we’ve ever had. Our waiter was terrific, too, as was the view of the harbor at sunset. Very good value.

KH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The waitress was too busy to be attentive.I ordered a chicken taco and got a steak taco.Fair service Fair food

MM
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasant dinner when you're craving Mexican food and a beautiful sunset across the water at the Marina watching all the boats go by. It's really a stress relaxer. Much better than taking medication for it.

SD
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We arrived on time for our reservation and waited 30 mins to be seated. To our surprise, the dining area was about 50% full. I mentioned that we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday. All around us we could hear the servers singing to other guests, but no one ever approached our table. It was disappointing.

s
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptionally good food, their special extra hot salsa is great

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. Made reservation; still had to wait on a waitlist to be seated.

Appetizer came after dinner. It was cold and unappealing. Waitress was not attentive. Wanted second round of drinks, but service was so slow that we finished dinner before we could order them. Waitress also did not honor coupon that we presented her with when we ordered. She had to redo the check.

Really poor experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

The Sizzling steak enchilada is delicious.

LA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No waiting. Excellent food. Good service. Nice environment.

KJ
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I would have given 5 stars however the waiter for the evening never came to check on my party of 15. We waited for over 20 to 30 minutes for him to bring the check to the table he never showed up. We had to walk to the front and try to gain assistance in paying for our meal. My table still decided to leave a generous tip however was not pleased with the service from the waiter

R
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Yes I would. But our experience on this night was crowded too crowded.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a reservation for 830p. Arrived early. Seated immediately. Short wait. Good food and drink. Great staff. Great experience.

JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and a great view! Their food is not anything to write home about but it's made up by the hospitable staff and excellent service.

DH
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Friendly, casual place. Good for the kids. Service was a little scattered and slow, but the food was very good. Nice place to sit and look at the water, but perhaps not if you are in a hurry. We will go back.

B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was raining badly when we went. Restaurant was not crowded.
Food was ok.

LA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good reasonably priced food. Comfortable setting. Good service. Convenient validated parking.

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The only saving grace for this restaurant is the location and it’s on the water in marina del rey- it’s a nice view of the boats if you get a table with a view. The service was slow and the waitress had nobody helping her on New Year Eve! Very hard to get her attention for more salsa and a fork. :( Validated parking for 2 hours was helpful but way too long of a wait for only a salad and fajitas!

s
Los Angeles
84 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We were on our way to a movie so appreciated the efficiency of the staff. Their secret extra hot salsa rocks.

L
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were seated by a window with a great view of the water. Our server was super efficient and helpful. The food is very tasty and quite inexpensive. It is not that authentic but it is quite enjoyable nonetheless. 2 hours of parking is free with validation. It was fun after lunch to walk down the walkway along the water.

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