El Torito - Riverside Plaza

4.3
79 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 79 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
M
Michael
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

They need to update their website because they did not honor my reservations that I made and told me over an hour wait. So I went to Islands instead.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was pretty slow, our server got my drink order wrong 3 different times and it was just a mango margarita on the rocks with a sugar rim

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

El Torito staff was fabulous!! Food and drinks were out fast. Perfect date night spot!

P
susanP
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love the service but unfortunately eating outside is a bit difficult because of the wind and food getting cold faster.

FO
vipFOODIEFORLIFE
Palm Springs
47 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We dined for lunch with our granddaughter and was disappointed in the food. My flautas were supposed to be crispy and they were under cooked. I mentioned to the waiter when he stopped by. Guacamole, chips and salsa were good. My husbands enchiladas were nothing special. We were asked several times if we wanted to purchase your Margarita's in the bottle to go to drink at the table or purchase to take home. We mentioned we were not interested. We will give the restaurant another try when we are back in the area.

AL
vipAbby1Love
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Only outside seating for now, when I arrived the host said, are you ok with the sun because that is all we have...then I saw there was about 7 tables open...sooo...then other people were requesting umbrellas, so why would I not be allowed the same instead if saying I would be in the sun? I asked for an umbrella to another employee and he happily brought one ( the sun was a bit strong that day), so this host needs training...food was ok, drinks were pretty good, Im giving it 3 stars because our server was very nice.

DH
vipDeanH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Just take out but you could eat outside! Why bother? Just plain sucked !

AF
AlmaF
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon arrival they didn't have a table ready for reservation because they were only doing take out. I scheduled a reservation at 11am for 5pm and no one bothered to call me and let me know they were only doing take out. We drove 30 minutes out to have dinner here so we ordered our food and sat outside. We were celebrating a special occasion so I asked if they were doing drinks and the hostess said only margaritas and beer, but someone before me was allowed to order a mojito? When we got out food it was kind cold, the margaritas were super over priced for the 4 oz of liquid we received. Just overall horrible experience this time around, sucks because I love this place. I won't be visiting again any time soon.

JW
JimW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thursday at 11:15am,had reservations for 11:45 am,but seated us right away,very polite,friendly.Very soon she took our drink,and appetizer orders,they came fairly quickly,then ordered lunch,very good,great service,we willgo back again as soon as the governor allows us.very pleasant experience.thank you

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

El Torito proved to be a great choice! I was in the area and made a quick reservation. I was seated outdoors in a private corner. The heat lamp felt so good! I was warm , cozy and treated well! Service was outstanding. I also enjoyed the meal. Everyone was happy with their plate. I will definitely come back soon!

AC
AliC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our experience overall was very disappointing. The food advertised was actually nothing close to what was served. Cold food and shortage of servers made the evening a complete flop. Being that it was Thanksgiving buffet at a 30 dollars per person absolutely not worth it.
Do not plan to come back.

MP
MargaretP
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Buffet but they served you and handed you plate. Very happy with their safety precautions. Seated outside by heater, little windy so food got cold quickly. Most patrons ordered takeout, only few of us at at restaurant.

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had made a reservation for two people for taco tuesday. Upon arrival the hostess said that the only available table was in front of the dj speaker, yet there was at least 10-13 tables open. Upon inquiring if we could sit somewhere else, she said that it would be 45 minute wait time.. despite our reservation. We went to korean bbq next door instead. When we passed by again, there was still the same, if not more, tables open.

MW
MonicaW
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Sunday and the breakfast buffet was great.

C
Christina
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the outdoor dining with a dj /music. The wait staff was very pleasant l! Definitely going back

JA
JamieA
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I made a 11:30 reservation, we were on time but didn't get seated till 12:20.

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

AR
AnthonyR
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! Great Sunday brunch. Service... Absolutely 5 star host.

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

CO
vipCOQUI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

My overall experience nice and definitely due to the server. I made a reservation early in the day for 6pm. I checked in with the host and come to find out they honor same day reservations. Which makes 0 sense because they should just block out same day reservations that way it doesn’t even lead you on. However once we got sat our server took exceptional care of us. She was so busy that night but managed to give us great service.

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, good food, great service. Felt comfortable in this time of covid. Felt safe. #goodtimes

OT
OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Great service. We all had a good time, but it was really loud since we were sitting right by the speaker.

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always so good hear

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday party

P
Punkyg1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great manager on shift , very helpful .. a little slow on food service .. but everything was GREAT !!!

MD
MamaD
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Seating was nice, outdoor had a lot of shade for the warm day, food was good with short lines for brunch, but service was a little slow.

L
Lollie
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Sunday brunch!! Yummy food and outstanding service.

CM
CristinaM
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was great, just wish our tables could have been closer together

MC
vipMitchC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except the load overbearing music on Tuesday nights, otherwise all good!

JJ
JennifferJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waiting was not too long since I had a reservation. The food and environment was great, my parents loved it! The waitress was very attentive and followed the sanitary precautions. It was nice to go out, enjoy and feel safe! I will definitely go again

RD
RosemaryD
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food was great but the greeters in the front seems as if they didn't know what was going on. I had a reservation for two but we had to wait to be seated. It took about thirty minutes until we were seated. I believe this was only because I went to ask how much longer it was going to take.

JP
JoseP
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Showed up at 7:17pm Made a reservation for 730 on open table and was told that we would have to wait for 35 minutes. The person said That they would try to accommodate us that it's hard to keep Up to date with the reservations. So we waited and still was not Called. Ended up going somewhere else.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat anytime of day.

T
Tanyam1025
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

El Torito is one of my favorite places to eat and drink some great beverages! The atmosphere is awesome too!

LB
LarryB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed, remembering our pre-virus visits. The chicken was burned and dry. The tacos had large chunks of fat/suet. The guacamole was 1/3 the amount we remembered and cost more. To top it all off, there was a mysterious "surcharge" added to the bill. Not a very pleasant experience overall.

GG
GraceG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made This reservation and they did not honor it. Then they took my name down with a FIFTY minute wait time. And i was never called for my table being ready. Horrible service. Expected more from them

FAQs

El Torito - Riverside Plaza does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. El Torito - Riverside Plaza also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 684-6816.

El Torito - Riverside Plaza is rated 4.3 stars by 79 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.