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.
Chicken Machaca, Crispy Taco, Beef Barbacoa, Crispy Taco
Cheese Enchilada, Beef Barbacoa Enchilada, Chicken Machaca Enchilada
Grilled Chicken Taco Salad
Homemade tostada taco shell filled with romaine lettuce, refried beans, pico be gallo, cotija and jack cheese. Topped with grilled chicken, roasted pepitas, sour cream, guacamole and your choice of dressing
No attention by staff. Rushed to order before we even read the menu. Then, followup to check on how things were. Food was tasteless -- not what I expected based upon reviews. Maybe we did not order any margaritas. And, pricey for what we received. Disappointing.
Very accommodating service .
We enjoyed our birthday party.
All personnel were nice and friendly. Nice atmosphere.
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The service is excellent! The staff very attentive.
I have been to this restaurant several times, but I will not return again. The food has gone downhill. My food was dry and they used to cover my meal with cheese. There were just a few slivers of cheese on everything. The service was terrible. It Took a long time for us to get our food. Every time I’ve been there in the past we got our food much quicker and they were many more people in the restaurant. There were hardly any other customers, yet the service was slow. I was very disappointed with how bad this restaurant has gotten.
The food was delicious, the ambiance was intimate but also lively. And parking was so convenient.
First time taking mom to a restaurant since pandemic. The outdoor seating was full for all res from 4 to 9 pm so we ate inside. Occupied tables were well spaced apart, and servers were all masked up so we felt comfortable. Mom enjoyed the margaritas! Everyone enjoyed their meals & our server was very helpful and friendly. The service was slow but we chalked that up to lack of staffing that I keep hearing about due to covid. Would go back.
Great food and service!
Had Sunday brunch and it was delicious!
I'm usually happy with most dining experiences, but Sunday at El Torito was very disappointing. The greeter wanted to seat us at a table that was in a entry way, so we asked to be seated in the main dining room. He showed us the table and said a server could cover this section in 30 minutes. Why in the world would that be acceptable? So he showed us another acceptable table although it was adjacent to the busing station which added to the noise. As for food, a cold steak the was inedible and soggy salad was lifeless. The chicken and carnitas fajitas were wonderful as usual. And our server was efficient.
Our original server apparently had to many tables to handle on Fathers Day. I ended up getting another waiter to tend to us. This particular El Torito must be under new management because this is second time there and service is sub-par.
We went to celebrate Father’s Day n we really enjoyed the experience
It was good. Only problem we had was they didn't have our reservation but there was plenty of seating.
It was a perfect Sunday,the service was good and the ambiance was calm and inviting. We loved our experience and will be back.
food was excellent, service was good, although busy.
Fast seating , prompt service and sweet waitress food was nice and hot even though we ordered an hr before the kitchen closed. This is the best el torito I’ve been too so far.
Love this place. I come here often and will continue to do so and bring my friends.
Everyone was so nice and helpful and the food was delicious! Was our first time doing brunch and it was worth it
So amazing - freshness of the food!
Our experience was incredible! Our server, Victor, had wonderful energy and made sure we were taken care of without leaving us hanging. The margaritas were delish and the fajita platter was the perfect amount of food to feed four! We will most certainly be back.
Had there Sunday brunch. Everything was delicious. My friends and I really enjoyed it.
I'm sorry to say our experience was mostly disappointing. One plate of tacos arrived cold, the gin/tonic tasted off, we were charged for an extra margarita, our server was a long time between visits, the food was really salty. The extra charges were taken care of and the cold meal was taken off the bill so I will say that it was managed well. Just wish the experience had been better.
They did do a great job of cleaning and keeping patrons separate, everyone was really nice.
Service and food quality was horrible. Guacamole had too much onion and was bland. No taste other than onions. Buffalo wings were hard to bit. Overcooked. We decided to leave the restaurant for dinner elsewhere.
Worst place ever do not go there all staff is rude
Not really good custom service except the waiter and the guy who took us to are table
Waiter was awesome ,quick and friendly ... loved it
The buffet was a bit chaotic, lines formed in a small area - not desirable when you are trying to be safe. I had reservations, but had to wait 25 minutes. The hostess did her best but was negatively impacted by the manager who was seating people seemingly arbitrary. That was causing issues with the people waiting and with reservations. The manager would have been more effective to oversee the buffet.
My birthday but the food was cold
They did not honor my reservation and told us it would be an hour wait when they got there because they overbooked on open table.
Food tasted good, but it was cold. We had an early reservation, so don’t know why it was cold??? Also, the omelette, wasn’t an omelette. They didn’t mix it-it was a flat egg and vegetables tossed in the middle! Glad we went early, cause by 11am, wayyy too many people.
Had the fajitas, steak was entirely too bland . The queso at the moment only had pork in it which was a bust because I don’t eat pork . The guacamole was actually amazing unless I was just really hungry . Other than that Just a very basic Mexican restaurant . Not terrible but I wouldn’t go again
Hits the spot, good drinks, good price
Server was friendly. I had to send my meal back and they were very accommodating to provide a replacement.
Taco Tuesday is a good deal!
Just a date with my man. We loved the brunch!!!! Great customer service.
Our servers made a birthday celebration even more special with their attentiveness & enthusiasm. The margaritas were very good & the carnitas were outstanding. Thank you for quite a memorable meal!
Service was sub par and the food mediocre. Feels like eating at a chain restaurant.
I was so satisfied and had a great time hear everyone was respectful and the food is amazing. Would definitely be back again
I have always had a great experience here but this time they seemed very understaffed unfortunately. It was a long time between each check in by the waitstaff and we ended up being there for almost 2 hours mostly due to waiting for food/drinks to arrive. Besides that, can’t be the happy hour prices!
Brunch buffet was organized very nicely. I felt safe and found my time there quite enjoyable
El Torito - Santa Monica does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. 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 4.1 stars by 133 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.