El Torito - Pasadena

4.1
104 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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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great date spot! quiet, dark with nice music to set the mood. Loved the food, atmosphere and the cheese cake of course!

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on 26 July 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you think about our food and your experience! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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BradH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food quality not what it used to be

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Poca variedad de comida mexicana y muy simple

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AllienO
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

VERY HOT IN BAR AREA FOR BRUNCH- WE WERE LITERALLY SWEATING

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on 26 July 2021

Thank you for your feedback. – Xperience Restaurant Group

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KimB
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food1service5ambience4

The staff was extremely friendly and attentive and the manager was checking on service as well. Service was prompt and food was good. We keep going back.

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on 26 July 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! – Xperience Restaurant Group

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Its useless to book with opentable if they accommodate someone w/o reservation. We came in first but they attended the group w/o reservation who just walked in. After being seated our server was Mario who appears to be always rushing and does not pay attention. He messed up our order and took a long time to attend to our needs but noticed that he takes his time with other tables. This is by far the worst service we received. We should have just went somewhere else to bring our business.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Billy
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We came for the Sunday Brunch. The prices have gone up to $29 per person and there is a surcharge. Most of the food was served at room temperature and nothing was hot. Everyone in my party agreed that we would have been better off going to a taco stand. I could taste the freezer burn on the carnitas and the enchiladas were cold and old. This was the first time in my life where my churro was soggy instead of crunchy. All of the food could have been from the day before because that's how it tasted. I would not recommend this place and will never come back to this El Torito location. Parking is easy at this location and if you make a reservation you won't have to wait long. The place was packed, but the food was awful. I have no idea why anyone would want to pay so much for food that is this awful. El Torito management, you need to make your food hot. There were no burners under all of the meat dishes. Your orange juice and horchata tasted like they came out of plastic containers.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and great margaritas!

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mikeA
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Made a reservation. For indoor dining was sat at the bar. When asked if we could sit in dining room they said it’s a wait. So that was disappointing.

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CurtisC
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed my dinner . The service was good. I would definitely be back !

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TeresaF
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The total experince was very good. The food was good but there wasn't has much as variety as there was before covid, as I remember.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! My husband and I enjoyed our date night here.

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AmberE
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They don’t take opentable ): so maybe this should be taken off as an option

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing waitresses was so nice from the hostess to the food experience here was amazing

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ElizabethV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is always very friendly….when we realized happy hour was only in the bar area..the waitress offered to move us and They quickly accommodated us. Food and the drinks tasted great! I really like how spacious the dining areas are and it never feels cramped. Thank you!

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LauraM
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day brunch was AMAZING!!!! Great food and fantastic service for me and my family. I highly recommend El Torito Pasadena!

El Torito - Pasadena
Responded on 13 May 2021

We are happy to hear about your experience! We appreciate you taking the time to share. - Xperience Restaurant Group

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Cancun7
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was horrible. Definitely will not return to this location. It was cold. My sisters beef/chicken fajitas were inedible. The beef was like charcoal and the chicken was drier than the desert I can’t believe they would send food out that is visually obvious is wayyyy overcooked.

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AlvaroG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Usually very good food here, but, this time, the meat on the taco salad was chewy! I didn't complain, so no action was required.

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SilviaM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice hostess and server

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JanetP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Will be back and looking to book a party there for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Need to be reh I’m

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Ericka
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the ambiance was magnificent! Everything was covid safe and the service our waitress Maria was fantastic!!!

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Michelle
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Reservation was made through opentable for outdoor dining. Front desk explained they do not have access to the reservation and can’t see the request for outdoor dining. I was assured that I would get an outdoor table. Some time passes and my group is taken to be seated, indoors. Had to explain for the third time that the reservation was for outdoor dining. After some time has passed we are finally seated. My group is split up into 2 tables. They explained the tables can’t be put together because the floor is uneven. At this point 40 minutes have already passed since my original reservation time and my group is hungry. The food was cold and bland. Unfortunately I will not be visiting again.

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Elveejay
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for Sunday brunch
March 2021

Sat outside, in a tent.
Price for the Sunday brunch at the Pasadena location is now at $30 per person.

Overall good food, good service

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ClotyV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the food it was very delicious. I would love to celebrate with my family one day.

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LUISF
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was delicious with a lot of variety

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Jcq310
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Came here on 3/13/2021 to celebrate my March 10 birthday. I offered the 3 tacos plate. It was served on a cast iron pan but food was cold. It was patio dining only, quite cold outside. We were told The heater ran out of gas. My sister in law asked for more chips which never came. Mango margarita was mostly ice, no taste. We know Covid-19 has many restrictions. But it was a disappointing meal.

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vipFromAltadena
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Not enough servers - food came out unevenly and slowly. Would have ordered another drink if I’d had a chance.

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JeffK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My date and I sat in the cold, not near a heater like only the end tables in this parking lot tent, for one and a half hours waiting for our food. Others came and left, then a bag of 'to go' food was placed on our table. UNBELIEVEABLE!
Then my date and I went to my car to eat the food and the steak I got was uncutable, let alone eatable.
What a freaking disaster. The worst all around resturant I can ever remember going too. The worst!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our only son, Army soldier is home from leave, deployed overseas - Germany 🇩🇪 had dinner with family at his favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Never again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Had made prior reservation for Anniversary we were not sat until 1/2hr after reservation time, we noticed that there was an open table else where and asked if possible to move there we were told No yet another table asked to be moved and moved them, there was a hair in my food told the waiter did not care whatsoever, asked for another set of utensils and took them a while to get that to us had to ask another waitress walking by. One of the utensil sets brought to us was dirty. So that was our Anniversary experience.

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BlancaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my best experiences in the last two years in “Brunches” . Everyone was so nice , hostess, waitress, the chefs who were attending the food, they all made us feel special!
Food was delicious!
The place was clean and with all the health and secure procedures.
I highly recommend it!
Price was great 👍🏻

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RosieZ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There's a Female employee there with a really bad attitude and how she carries herself is very unpleasant and unprofessional

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Nancy
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good has gotten better. Get all you can eat brunch

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viplafoodiegirl
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had reservations and waited about 15 mins for a table.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went once LA allowed outdoor dining again. Good food & drinks. Wish they had more outdoor heaters

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thegrrrreat1
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

They are not open for dining, there was no need for reservations. You order and if you want they let you sit outside on there tables. But nobody serves you.

FAQs

El Torito - Pasadena does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Pasadena also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 351-8995.

El Torito - Pasadena is rated 4.1 stars by 104 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.