El Torito - Northridge

4.3
107 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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Join us on Mother's Day from 8AM – 2PM, for All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Brunch! Visit our brunch stations where we’ll serve you & enjoy a variety of offerings including a Fajita Station, Hot Mexican Entrées, Taco Station, Omelettes Made-to-Order & many more! Don’t forget about the Bottomless Mimosas!

What 107 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday/cinco de mayo

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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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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vipRWJW
Las Vegas
56 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
35 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
49 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try outside. Great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent

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

They were very late seating us.

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NotoyourBBQBurrito
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
1 review
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
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

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vipLouD
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Please do not take reservations and not honor them. There were so many people with the same issue, reservations for 7, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45 etc......everyone waited 1.5 hours or more, meanwhile there were tables that just were allowed to sit for hours while everyone waited.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's more than one seating area make sure they let you know. Besides that the food was great and service was fast!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited for 2hrs for a reservation made. The host had a really bad customer service when I would ask for question about my table really rude.

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Tanariah
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

This was my first time using Open Table to dine here. I made a reservation a week in advance for my son’s birthday which is 2/14. When we arrived employee’s walked by us for 8 mins, some talking to each other & just standing around. Until one woman who was the host asked if we’d been helped & I told her no. I let her know my name & reservation info & she replied “to be completely honest with you we don’t have any table so it maybe 25 mins or so.” Understanding that it was busy we waited in our car. We checked back in 35 mins & new host who we asked if there was an update on time rudely replied (if you made a reservation on Open Table it’s not guaranteed. I asked her how would one know that if you receive a confirmation stating you have a reservation. She replied that’s why we recommend you call. So I asked her again how would one know that? She just looked at me & said “well I can’t tell you how long it’s going to be. I can say 10 mins, but I would just be throwing out a number.” I looked around & saw so many empty tables I figured they must be understaffed so I told her we would wait in the car because it was windy & cold. As soon as we got back to the car I received a message that the table was ready, but the problem was so did 10 other parties. It was chaos & not adhering to the 6 ft social distance. They sat us in the dirt where the table wasn’t level so my children kept accidentally rocking it. Not to mention they did not have the heaters turned on, more for decoration & it was cold. We just wanted to celebrate a birthday. The waitress was nice & we ordered right away. The food came in a timely manner but it was lukewarm & she forgot a few things so we kept having to remind her. She checked on us twice, but never came back. 15 minutes later I ended up tracking down a manager just for a box & our check. We left dissatisfied. I was a waitress for 7 years so I understand the business but customer service goes a long way. This restaurant just didn’t have it.

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HappyCustomer
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and better service. Mr. Cruz was excellent. Loved what they did with their outdoor dining, setting up the tent, lights, and DJ. Great to get out and enjoyed dinner with family.

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WendyG
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food always good service the best managment not happy they wanted to get as out when we were still consuming but aur server stood up for us so we finish aur good time

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Valentine’s Day breakfast

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Torito best of the best

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AngelN
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

I was 10 minutes late for my reservation, due to a car accident down the street. They made me wait 45 minutes for a table for two.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The breakfast was really good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the best!! Coming here for years since childhood

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. We were seated in a patio area and after about 10 minutes, we had patio to ourselves and most customers in the outdoor tent. Not too busy for a Sunday night

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is closed for dining

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Brunch
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were both great. Weather was surprisingly cold, so eating outside was uncomfortable. Portable heaters would have solved this very well and greatly improved the dining experience. Pricing was reasonable and the food presentation was lovely. The entire crew all had great attitudes and were friendly and helpful.

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Gem30
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to spend time with family and friends. Love their happy hour.

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 107 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.