El Torito - Northridge

4.3
120 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.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Marc
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Even though it's a big chain, El Torito has legitimately good food. It's a bit on the pricey side for what you're getting, but portions are pretty large. We came late on a Sunday evening and the service was a tad slow, even though the place was empty. I'd normally advocate supporting smaller, local Mexican restaurants, but El Torito fulfills that "special-occasion" Mexican restaurant craving I sometimes have. Because it's such a large restaurant, it's best to come here when it's busy for the ambience.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was great! The value for happy hour chicken taquitos was okay. However, we ordered two chicken cesar salads and both had what appeared to be old lettuce. Fresh lettuce has a slight crunch. This one was too soft.

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VickyC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buen ambiente para conversar amenamente sin ruidos molestos.
La atención de primera , no recuerdo el nombre de la persona que nos atendió para la próxima le pregunto pero estaba tan ocupado y sin embargo con una gran actitud!!
La comida muy buena y los tequilas !!
Gracias!!

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Waldo
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good food, great service. Overall, and nice place to dine

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food around! Taco Tuesday is awesome, all you can eat!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Walls and paint crumbling, difficulty finding staff to get water for our table, food nearly room temperature when getting to our table, vegetables in burrito practically uncooked. I have fond memories from here but this was unfortunately unpleasant, despite the friendly and hard working staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservation time wasn’t met. Always have me waiting 15 or more minutes after my scheduled time.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service will be there again to try out the Sunday brunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, the servers were attentive and the food was really good. Especially the the sizzlin’ chicken enchiladas. Can’t wait to head back

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RWJW
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Champaign Sunday Buffet Brunch was very good as usual. The proper Covid health protocols were followed well. The wait time on our reservation was small. The food variety and taste was good. The service from our waitress was outstanding.

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RayR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service went for brunch. Diana is the best server friendly and our glasses of champagne never went empty.

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KatherineA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quick and friendly service considering it was late on Mother’s Day. Great food, comfortable, overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food I the service was very good.

El Torito - Northridge
Responded on 9 May 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think about our food and your experience! – El Torito Team

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Staff was rude and never sat us down after 30 minutes we left

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/cinco de mayo

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

30 min past reservation time to get a table.
Food was not hot.
Service was crappy.
All the waiting and time waisted the amount to pay for what you get is rediculous.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent chips, salsa and margaritas. Good Covid safety protocols in use.

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VickyC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasamos una velada encantadora !
La comida y bebida excelentes!

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DavidM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maybe I'm just starved for an indoor dining experience, but El Torito has always been a favorite, and I love the Northridge location. The only knock I could give was that the hostess who seated us seemed a little low-energy, but everything else was fantastic. The staff performed flawlessly even under COVID conditions, and the food was as delicious as ever.

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RWJW
Las Vegas
60 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. First time out in over 13 months due to the pandemic. Previously went to Sunday Champaign Buffet Brunch monthly. Experience was as good if not better than previously. The restaurant followed all the proper safety protocols in a very well laid out fashion. The service, wait time, food quality, food variety, etc. were top-shelf. Will definitely begin our monthly routine once again.

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ScottS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

It was very crowded for Sunday Brunch- crowded enough that I didn't feel comfortable. The price was higher than I expected as well, by about 6 dollars. Service was very good though and staff was very friendly.

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Jani
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I booked a table for outdoor seating for 5 people & when we got there, they said that they don't have outdoor seating for 5 and made us sit inside.

Other than for that everything else was fine as as expected. The food and drinks were good and we enjoyed it. The servers were also very nice and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was for Sunday brunch buffet — servers were nice and attentive. Food was up to par. Good experience overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mario is super!

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Mari
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The food was excellent although the portions have all been reduced she was rude to other employees. Also stressful, we sat in the enclosed patio where my back was to a door that apparently was difficult to open & close & guests were coming in & out of this door. Please KEEP It Closed as you don't know who or what is coming through it. I suggest you provide employees with the tools to deal with the stresses they will encounter in this "pandemic atmosphere" to save their lives & others. This young woman came in disturbed & I could see in her eyes profound loss along with hate.

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vipJCtodine
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was pretty slow yesterday, restaurant didn't seem that busy, but waiter kept forgetting things when asked, food was good, chips were good

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vipeasyrichard
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We both had the steak fajitas. It was very good
.we sat outside, the weather was good.
The service was good.

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NOLPHY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had a great time! Server was helful and fast. Lines for food are not bad! Keep up & carry on the good service!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer was our server and she was great! Food is awesome and we will definitely come back! So happy we can eat inside now.

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vipGlenn
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try outside. Great experience.

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vipErickkaG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chicken platter and very nice server!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

They were very late seating us.

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NotoyourBBQBurrito
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Made a reservation and waited for five minutes which wasn't bad. We wanted to use the restroom and asked the receptionist if she knew where the bathroom was. Replied with "Um duh I work here, of course I know". I gave a stern and annoyed look and she quickly directed us to the restroom. Once we were seated and placed our orders we waited a half hour until the waitress finally came over and went to check on our food. Another 15 minutes go by and she says our food fell apart and left without refilling our drinks or chips. I've been to this location multiple times for my anniversaries and never gotten service this bad. I understand because of Covid they weren't use to indoor dining anymore but they were not understaffed and all the tables around us were waiting just as long if not longer than us. Go to this location for the buffets and holiday meals but for regular service while the pandemic is up I say do not go.

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EllenE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the Mexican Caesar salad. The whole meal was delicious.

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PaulP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

No heaters outside which made for a COLD dinner! All else good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service was great, the sizzling asada enchiladas were amazing. Staff was friendly and attentive. The ambiance was lacking. I like eating outdoors, no problem with that. However, the "patio" could have been better decorated and it was uncomfortable being surrounded by a really busy parking lot. The patio area attached to the building was the area I thought we were going to eat at, that place is nice, and so is the new front area in the evenings and night, but yea, ditch that parking lot spot.

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HerbertS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, also the food was delicious.and the service was excellent. Very happy overall

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Reserved on OT, but when we got there, it seemed like they didn’t have our reservation. Then, we were told they only had 6 tables & would have to wait for an undetermined amount of time. The OT reservation was useless. But, we waited. Come to find out, eventually, they only had 6 tables due to wind. When we finally got to the table, the “sheltered” outdoor area was a wind tunnel. Our chips blew off the table and we decided to just drink the margaritas we ordered & get our entrees to go. We left as quickly as possible. So, moral of the story...don’t go if it’s windy!

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shannonlynfitness
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

It’s pointless to make a reservation. They do not honor it

FAQs

El Torito - Northridge does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Northridge also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 349-1607.

El Torito - Northridge is rated 4.3 stars by 120 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.