El Torito - Santa Monica
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.
I was surprised and pleased by the excellent service I received from the El Torito on Ocean Park Blvd Thanksgiving Day. First I made an appointment to eat there al fresco but COVID-19 restrictions changed that. Then I agreed to pick-up my meal on the holiday. All of this worked very well except the food could have been a bit hotter. But that was to be expected given the prevailing conditions.
Continuing with the outdoor dining situation when we dined at El Torito they did a good job getting the hot food delivered to the table so we could start eating while it was still hot. Unfortunately with cooler air and lower evening temps the food cooled quickly. No fault of the restaurant, but certainly does make going out for dinner difficult.
The staff reservations , food and the care the staff took to ensure we are all safe
Please extend hours of service when possible.
Great food for a chain and the service was excellent.
I wish I kept my receipt to remember our server’s name! She was so great; friendly, checked on us a few times and joked with us. She kept our drinks coming and made us feel welcomed. She completed the experience and tied it all together. The atmosphere was warm and cute with the lighting on the table; we had a little lantern and I was in love with it. I want to get some to put around my apartment now.
Food was great customer service awesome had the chicken Ranchero enchiladas
My special Chile relleno didn’t come up to my expectations; the carnitas was good but service was really slow.
Not going back, sorry.
It’s great food and great values any good Sunday low key dinner. This place is perfect
First off, the restaurant was great. The food was awesome and I enjoyed it. The reason for the low score is that earlier I received an email advertising a lunch buffet that occurred Monday through Friday. I had a choice to go for my birthday and I chose this place. I am sorry to say that I was told that because of the virus, they were not having the buffet. I just wished I would have known and the ad would have stated otherwise.
Grill Mahi Mahi tacos Friday Special very good, nice margarita w/Gran marnier 😜
Horrible food and service. Will never go back.
It was great. Quiet enough to talk comfortably but with enough people around us to feel some normalcy. Fantastic food and great service!
Unfortunately our server never checked on us during our brunch . We did not receive bottomless mimosas during our brunch which was included in our tab. My michelada was very watery . Lastly our omelette we ordered from the moment we got there was not brought out to us until we were leaving the restaurant . I was really disappointed with the service and overall experience .
My date had taco that looked good. I had enchiladas which were good.
The food is good the service was great the tables were clean. I had the taco salad it was so good. I ordered a margarita I couldn’t taste the tequila wish the would’ve poured a little more
My brother birthday , great seating , food delicious as always . Just to long to get check to leave
We enjoyed our Sunday Brunch at El Torito,Santa Monica,we booked the seats outside in front of the restaurant. Food was great although needs to be a bit more warmer specially the hot food . Social distancing of tables,safety protocols in place with servers and we were happy with our waiter who kept on asking for our needs.
Beautiful weather for outside dining.
As usual, delicious food and great service.
Love the margaritas!!!!
Considering the circumstances they are doing a great job. My wife and I went on Sunday 08/16/20 for the AYCE brunch and the service was outstanding. We had a nice table on the semi enclosed patio area and it was nice, just a little warm, but the ocean breeze helped. The food was good and it was an overall pleasant outing. We will definitely be back.
They didn’t have the reservation and told us kitchen was closed. Ruined our night b/c we had nowhere else to go. Next time please make sure the reservations are confirmed if they are listed.
Staff was friendly and doing the best they can to work within the new dining rules. We were very happy with our visit.
Excellent service. Waiter was very attentive and very accommodating
Everything was great except the steak was very chewy
A nice place to go eat delicious food. Waiters are all nice food service was great. I loved everything about it.
I literally come to El Torito all the time, just a different location. The food here is great, I always get the burrito especial with chicken and my fiancé usually gets the chicken and sour cream enchiladas but this time she got the mahi mahi taco and two shrimp tacos. Everything here is good though. I always get a strawberry margarita but I decided to do happy hour and got a rum and coke.
Mediocre Mexican fare served in a parking lot
It’s always a great experience at this location!
We had a reservation, through open table but unfortunately the manager was very rude and disrespectful and said they have no tables for us. Just liked that she made us leave. She said we could stay but the wait was 45 minutes but we left since she was very rude.
It was a great experience and the ambiance was nice not too many ppl and we were able to pick our table. Service was good and the staff was very attentive and making sure we had everything we needed
This restaurant has outdoor dining which is what we were looking for.
We were seated at a distance from other diners and the servers wore
masks and gloves. All the employees were attentive.
The food was delivered in a timely manner, and served hot from
We felt comfortable dining here.
The staff was so attentive, the food and ambiance were amazing!
No body came to service us even after the manager came to assist my party then never came back.... definitely wouldn’t suggest or recommend this place to/for anybody
Good service. Liked the seating on the patio. Attentive server. Asked for more napkins, more beverage, etc-prompt response.
I order 2x a week on line ,it was a pleasure to come back to Sunday Brunch
Best food in town
Food was okay. Service was barely existent. Had to request water refills.
El Torito - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. El Torito - Santa Monica also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 450-8665.
El Torito - Santa Monica is rated 4.3 stars by 74 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.