El Torito - San Bernardino

4.1
36 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 36 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.1
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3.9
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarcoG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, minimum wait time, no rush dinning, very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful lunch! The food was delicious and our server was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was so disappointed. We have always gone to the restaurant. We had a reservation and they seated us next to the waitress station when there was a bunch of other seats and when I asked they said they didn’t gave any when was not true. We had to ask 3 times fir chips and we only saw our waitress 4 times. Things need to improve or we are not coming back.

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SabrinaR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and drinks were very good. Waiter was very friendly and attended to us often.

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KaylaH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very Clean, fresh food and our server along with the woman working the Taco Bar were very nice and welcoming!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience1

We had a reservation with a party of 3.. was told by the hostess that they don’t honor reservations 😳 and we had to wait for about 40 minutes to be seated. Once seated the service was “okay” given the fact that it was a nice grey hair with spilt ends in the table salsa. Probably wouldn’t return..

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EdwardB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Not sure if they saw our reservation through open table. We had to make our request again upon arrival.

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Gemini
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a pleasant dining experience. It was nice to be able to dine inside again.

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Miac
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Everyone blames COVID-19. Parties and COVID continues and bad service is blamed on COVID. Made reservations to this El Torito in San Bernardino because it’s the one closest to our home. We try to stay and support local businesses but sometimes it’s not appreciated. Had reservations for 7:30pm. We arrived at 6:40 thinking it was going to be packed since COVID restrictions were lifted, but it wasn’t the case. We checked in and noticed that people kept coming in and as they came in a lot were seated. We waited paitiently till 7:30 and my wife asked if it was still a long wait and the hostess told my wife that it just hit 7:30 and that it was going to be another 10 minutes. We continued to wait and yes at exactly 10 minutes they call us. 
We follow the hostess to our table and we sit down and hostess seems to be in a bad mood.
Our waiter comes and asks us what we would like to drink but seems distracted like if he’s trying to go talk to someone. We ordered drinks and drinks came in quick. We ordered food and it’s 4 of us. Food took 30 minutes to get to our table. We ran out of chips and our waiter would just pass by and see we were out of chips, but wouldn’t stop or ask us if we needed something else. As soon as drinks were finished he was quick to ask if we wanted more but didn’t ask the kids for their drinks. 
Food arrived and didn’t have the waiter show up again till we were done eating. I noticed that he was real attentive with the table behind us. Chips were served 3 times to them and he spent around 25 minutes all together in the time that we were there which was about 1 hour. Won’t be going back to this location. Well try Ontario Mills next time.

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ClaudiaZ
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Worst food we had. Never going for breakfast there again.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Got to the restaurant 10 mins before our reservation and was told it was still a 30 minute wait until we can be seated. Then we saw big parties of people come and be seated right away. Turns out the host never check us in and if I didn’t stop to ask what the delay was, we would have never been seated.

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vipAnnetteW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food order delivered incorrect. Food was lukewarm. Drinks not refilled timely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bartender solid, Margs are on point. The rest is just average.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. I recommend a visit.

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DebbieW
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Everything went well. They have outside seating and tables are spaced well apart. The food was okay. I will go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were never seated, apparently these reservations don’t mean anything to this restaurant and when you arrive you have to wait in queue. It was over a 30 minute wait with 2 parties in-front of us. We left

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful thank you... would be nice if el torito invested in some type of music jukebox

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Very good food however service could’ve been better, way better.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

It was a cold and windy day and they did not provide heaters. The food was great but it was uncomfortable to eat due to being cold.

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AllanJ
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food is mostly filler and most meats where over seasoned with pepper, cheap Champagne, and they add a surcharge to your bill without prior notification.

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BrianW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sunday brunch. The cost is to high if you don’t drink. The food is good but the experience is not the same as before Covid. Not their fault, they are doing their best.

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vipAlecS
Salt Lake City
30 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mescal drinks, bacon warp shrimp is worth trying.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff here do an excellent job. They nailed service. The happy hour is a great value. The nachos with steak were just what we needed!

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TrinaM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

At first server was on top of it, but then there would be long periods of absence. My friend and I ordered the same fajitas salad. It was mediocre. All lettuce, missing several key ingredients - like avocado, and old tasting chicken. Dissatisfied with the meal. Cocktail was great.

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TheresaB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Appetizers came with our dinner, restaurant prices, parking lot ambiance. We ordered fajitas for 2 and it only fed 1 of us, and we ate in the parking lot, plus kids were running around, and I couldn't hear my date. It sucked and no I will not recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ,great food, order was 100% correct and came to us quick! Our server was very nice and made sure we were fine the entire time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Noemi was outstanding. Attentive. Courteous. Kept our glasses full and the table clean. We live close to Ontario but will come back to San Bernardino because of the excellent service

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Darth3d
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good Service, got our food fast and it was hot. They do use a lot of onions that the only issue for me.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My husband and I made a dinner reservation for dinner, we were seated near a large party and the server ignored us while he finished with the tab, it was probably a $500 tab he was about to make and that’s why he ignored us. Just the two of us sitting there, him walking by looking down...Not even a hello or Hola!! We were disappointed we had to walk out and the hostess told us, “have a good night! “
Never again will we go to El Torito in San Bernardino.
What a waste of time!!!

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vipDion
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Cold soup was served to us, but the manager rectified it quickly. He was great. Wish the server could have the same customer service as the manager.

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DoraW
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Buen servicio. Buena comida. La música me gustó mucho

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RandallJ
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pomegranate margaritas were super good as was the chile verde carnitas. If you haven't tried them yet you are missing out.

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ChristineV
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a work Christmas luncheon. A great time was had by all; restaurant clean and light; service pleasant, quick and accurate.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and i enjoyed myself

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DeniseA
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lighting , very nice waiter and no long lines !! Food was warm and delicious . My Mother’s Day dinner was perfect ! Thank you !

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PhillipF
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For Vets Day was great food and we didn't wait to be seated long because you now have a Wait List, nice. Server (295 Maria C) was overrun by a huge group but was tireless and did well under the conditions. As for recommending places, we don't really do that, and we only eat here once in awhile. The Vet Meal was great and the Carnitas Michoacan A+. And the Super Cad Margarita great too.

FAQs

El Torito - San Bernardino does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - San Bernardino also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (909) 381-2316.

El Torito - San Bernardino is rated 4.1 stars by 36 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.