El Torito - Torrance

4.4
96 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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Casual
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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EricJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, staff was friendly, service was fast, and the food was hot and tasty.

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ROBERTM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the brunch was awesome.

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HollybyGolly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our family has been going here for years and it is pretty consistent for being a great value for us with wonderful service. Our favorite server is Ernie (Ernesto). He is such a dear and always remembers us and remembers our favorite orders. The tableside guacamole is pretty great as well.
You can't go wrong for value, service and decent quality.
I have been tipping our servers 30-40% because of the tough times they have faced during the pandemic. If you can afford to tip a little extra please show some appreciation (and patience) for our restaurant workers. It's been especially tough on them.

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vipsugarhillfoodies
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Slow service by an older guy named Eric. Food took forever and came out cold. Patron let her baby scream and cry while she drank her drink. Hiked up price for Happy Hour drinks. One and done.

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CandiceB
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The service was not that good this time and me and my guest actually ended up leaving early.

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PhyllisR
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not use to eating American franchise meals, the food selection was too salty but the rice was the bomb.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Fathers Day dinner. Excellent choice… delicious food and margaritas, quick efficient service gracias!

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VeronicaF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience1

Windows were dirty and tables felt sticky. Could use a good cleaning !

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FloriL
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was well-timed and friendly, food were affordable

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The quality of the food is just gross

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Tekla
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was great. our table was ready at exactly the time i reserved it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great ambiance

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Such a pleasure being able to dine in after being in a pandemic for over a year!!! Thanks for the great service

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first time there. Went for the all you can eat brunch! Mostly just for the mimosas! The food was great and the dessert. Yum.

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KevinC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I do not recall the waiters name but it was this young lady that works to the immediate left upon entering and what a horrible experience. To start, we ordered agua de Jamaica she ten comes and says there’s no more and brings horchata which was water basically no flavor on one. Then we order and I specifically said two ignited fajitas and she brings one making one person wait until the rest of us were basically done. Such a horrible experience. I don’t know if she was new or not but definitely a horrible experience

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TheresaM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visit to El Torito, my husband absolutely loves the CARNITAS!. WE look forward once again to visit on Father's Day.

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MotherOf2
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

The wait time even with reservations was insane, but the servers and waiters were very amicable and made dining comfortable

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Impeccable service!!! The food is mediocre but otherwise everything else was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Gerardo was amazing!

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Justme
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! I just wish there were more food items to choose on Brunch. I guess very limited for Covid Restrictions. But overall I would go again.

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teddbear62
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food & service!!😄

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Kanche
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the Sunday buffet! Service was great, the food was cooked perfectly we enjoyed every minute of it!!!

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Nikki
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was fun eating in a restaurant again and El Torito delivered.

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coolernautica
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food on this Sunday brunch was great and service was also amazing but it was a bit crowded in entrance and host area where customers were waiting and others were in line to get a food in mixed.

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Margi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised at the spacious distance between tables inside the restaurant and the good air flow, having originally planned to ask for an outside table. The food was delicious and plentiful, whether it was chile verde, mini chicken tamales, made to order tacos or the choice of desserts. Our server brought us a stack of yummy pancakes served with cinnamon butter, topped with blueberries and strawberries and a side of syrup. Omelets were made to order from an ingredient list. My husband's only minor complaint was that he wished there were more chorizo in his omelet. We would return for another Sunday brunch or try the Saturday breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

The food was well priced but my food wasn’t good at all. It wasn’t seasoned, it wasn’t hot and the beef was too chewy. The liquor taste like some type of chemicals. It wasn’t a good experience. However, our waitress was nice. I’m

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Ryan
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Not very clean. Pricey
Average food

Not what it used to be

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vipGreg
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time out for lunch with friends in over a year. It was nice.

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JoannM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Easter brunch was delicious. Lots of food choices, but instead of having to order the eggs separately, they should have had a skillet of scrambled eggs available at one of the food stations. The wait staff was wonderful. They killed us with great service.

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jessid
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Although my reservation was at 9:15pm , I wasn’t seated until 9:35pm.
The service was very slow and my waiter wasn’t in tune at all . My sister ordered mini corn dogs on the kids menu and they came back frozen . I would t recommend this El Torito , especially around closing time

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BarbaraM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic. Jocelyn was an excellent excellent server.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an awesome date with my SO and he’s a picky eater, but he loved the food, and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Food was nasty my taco didn’t have any chicken

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KristenC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent service and excellent food!

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EricaR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible food and drinks. Way to expensive for the quality of food and drinks

MP
MichelleP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday brunch is back - not self serve but just as good with unlimited champagne!!

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SheBear
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always good at the Torrance El Torito.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to be service is amazing ,,, food is even better

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satishm
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

I made the reservation on line for two but called to make it for four and was told no problem,but on arrival was told it will be hour and half wait but when told for reservation host said as you changed so we don't have table available but she got convinced but after 15 minutes were put on the table on hawthorne bl side,two chairs were really at a place where it was windy and cold,ordered macho combo and two items fazita but quantity of portion of chicken and shrimps was very little.We have ask over and over again for salsa,they were busy beacause of valentime but could have offered better of everything,been going to this place for over 20 years,generally not much of a problem

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RobertJ
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My wife and I went for dinner with a 430 pm reservation. We were seated promptly and ordered our beverages then it went downhill from there. We ordered the fajita duo and asada burrito with no beans. People that came after us and ordered fajitas got theirs before us, the asada burrito DID have beans inside as well. Took a little over a half hour to get our food. When we were finishing our food we ordered dessert, sopillas and cheesecake. It took another 25 minutes for them to bring out dessert at this point we were ready to go and cancel dessert. Finally the manager was making rounds and we let him know we had been waiting and it was taking so long, he said he’d go check but just then our server came out with the dessert and the cheesecake was still almost frozen!!! My wife was so upset she didn’t even want to eat it. Normally the experience at this El Torito is great but this was absolutely horrible.

FAQs

El Torito - Torrance does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Torrance also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 378-0331.

El Torito - Torrance is rated 4.4 stars by 96 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.