El Torito - Torrance

4.3
67 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 67 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.0
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jessid
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
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!

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

Food was nasty my taco didn’t have any chicken

KC
KristenC
Los Angeles
5 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

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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.

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vipTwinryu
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch buffet!

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CleaL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very nice dining experience overall. Reservations were great, got seated right away, the food was pretty good. The covid restrictions were followed very closely and our waiter Ernesto was great. Would definitely do it again

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brmb
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good outdoor eating setup. Some jet noise from Torrance airport.

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Hostess
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

We made reservations for dinner for 3 but upon arrival the hostess ignored us after we checked in and seated guests without reservations first. Not sure if this was due to her inexperience, confused or racial, because it appeared she was selecting who she wanted to seat. One of the waiters kept passing by and asked if we had been helped. We explained we had reservations and had been waiting 30 minutes, he immediately seated us and apologized.

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LissetteG
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

I met up with a friend for happy hour we ordered the tacos as it was taco Tuesday we went in to select the tacos and it was horrible ! The steak looked old and dry looked like ground beef ! The pork was all dried up ! We decided to reorder the fajitas instead and they were cold when they got to the table ! Freezing outside no out door heaters at all horrible exp !

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MarshaD
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.

Food was delicious.

Great price

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We came here for a friends birthday and it was great. Service and food is always good.

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vipMystic88
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Nothing special to say, I just love the food here!

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LizS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great customer service! Food and drinks where good!!

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ValarieA
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch and our server, Ernesto, was fantastic! He made sure our "bottomless" Mimosa's were just that! He kept them full every time he walked by and we never had to ask...Brunch was plentiful and delicious.

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ShunnaJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were thrilled to find El Torito open for dine in. They had a tent set up in the back as well as some limited seating in the front. We requested the front and were quickly given a table. It was a great dining experience, with great service. Food was good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch experience. They’re safety measures and Covid precautions exceeded my expectations . The outdoor patio dining was very comfortable, tables are far apart. I felt very safe and the food was fabulous. We will definitely be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a perfect anniversary dinner! Service was extraordinary and the food and drinks were fantastic!

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Kbooma
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Waiter kept forgetting about us. Didn’t check in that often. Needed the basics like napkins, silverware, refills and it took forever to get those things.

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KassandraG
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience2

We ordered the family fajitas and aside from being cold the food was overcooked like it had been sitting for a long period of time and then reheated

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vipNYEveDec31
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed eating outside at El Torito's. The waiters were very attentive, the portions were generous, and the food was good.

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EllenG
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and friends have been coming to this El Torito for years for various occasions or no occasion at all, and it never disappoints! This time, we were celebrating our son’s birthday. The food is very good and the service is, as well— thank you, Guillermo, for our latest wonderful dining experience! And thanks for singing and the birthday sombrero!

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EbonyR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Happy hour is well priced

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PeterD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Torrance. A real pleasure.

DC
DavidC
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good venue in this time of Covid, with good food. The best you could ask for under a tent in a parking lot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good got buzzed thank you lol

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TeriW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to eat there under the circumstances, food was Excellent, great service!

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

The help was excellent. Sweet and helpful.
The outdoor tent was hot, noisy and filled with flies.
The food? WAY overpriced.
The only plus besides the help, the fried icecream

GN
GermaineN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The ambiance was so so. A bit messy but it was ok. They were out of Chile Relleno but the substitute was good. Our server was attentive and nice. Price was a bit expensive for the quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Father’s Day

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AliciaE
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was very bland, meat was fatty, beans were over salted. Over all over priced for no reason

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CurtisW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had a nice pleasant time on father's day..Thanks you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank ...

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vipJC12
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was may first time going to El Torino’ s reopening. I had the tasty Taco Salad, and also ordered the cheese dip.

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 4.3 stars by 67 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.