El Torito - Woodland Hills

4.3
98 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Server, elder lady, had an attitude with my party and I. With every other table, I saw her smiling and enjoying herself. First thing she said to us was “3 only?” As in 3 people at the table. No hello, no smile and just plain rude. It took 15 min to get our drinks.

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vipCUSTOMER
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

MAIN COURSE WAS BROUGHT PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF APPETIZERS -REQUESTED IT BE RETURNED & KEPT WARM - WAS RESERVED LUKE WARM & STALE

ALL DIRTY DISHWARE & GLASSES REMAINED ON TABLE THRUOUT MEAL

WAITSTAFF NEVER CHECKED TO SEE IF ANYTHING WAS NEEDED

OTHERWISE, IT WAS EL TORITO

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vipStroubeL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Very warm inside the restaurant.

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CXP20
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience1

The food was cold and lackwd flavor. Plus i was a little freaked out that the person serving me food didnt have a mask. I get people are vaccinated but people who handle/cooking food should be enforced to wear a mask.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a last-minute Father’s Day dinner here. The restaurant was open so we decided to come to El Torito and as usual the food is consistent you know what you’re getting and the service was great. Our waiter Alberto was sweet, friendly and happy. It always makes your dining experience pleasurable when the wait staff actually enjoys their job and is happy to do it. Very satisfied with our meal and I would say that having Alberto as our waiter made our evening even more enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and ambiance was beautiful for Father’s Day

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Fred
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

My daughter and wife took me there for Father's day. All of us were disappointed about the food, shortage of food on buffet, poor quality meats and stews, unprofessional server serving very slopy plates and dumping all sort of foid on top of each other in a plate. All types of food except rice and beans were not up to quality. Salad area was not full. I can't believe that we paid over $100 for the horrible food. I would have been better of going to Taco Bell.
Very disappointing and hope someone will get back to me.
I have been in executive level of restaurant business for over 35 years.
Foad Saffa
925-914-7683

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MarianD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Long lines were no fun but it was fathers day so to be expected I guess. Always enjoy the food and service on their Sunday Brunch

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DT007
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We did the Father's Day Buffet, crowded, not enough servers and food. We need to wait for them to replenish. They taste all the same; Salty. I enjoyed the Fajita Bar because less wait, but they are all the same, salty. Love the Ice cream. We will consider El Torito but Will never do the buffet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Website and emails did not inform us that the regular menu would not be available. They only served Sunday Brunch and nothing else. Very long lines to wait for food. We were not told about drink specials until we asked for our check. We sat at the bar but were not told about drink specials when we sat down.

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EdwardP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little more instructions. There was no Omelet Bar. Had to place order with your server. Didn't know that. A bigger and/or better notice as to what each station was serving would also be helpful. Otherwise, we had a great time our server was great and we had a great time for my Father's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipEdwardG
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The place is dated, the food is good, surprisingly excellent margaritas, service was top notch. Predictable, the interior needs updating, but I was satisfied and I'd return.

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vipTalinB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great margaritas!

SB
SueB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A woman at nearby table needed Heimlich Maneuver.. no employees around to ask to help her.. her husband was not helpful..
When we needed take home boxes, refills of drinks no one around

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vipRonnie8
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service!! Felt like a party! Great prices too.

JH
JonathanH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love El Torito! You always get great food, and the Cadillac Margaritas are my favorite. The atmosphere was very festive, with some mariachi singers, and we had a great time with some great friends!

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OxanaR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice building in Spanish style with bright colors, arches, etc. We had good family time there.

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Ilovethebeach
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Does not use the lunch menu as it states at the Website.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food!

AV
vipArturoV
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

It took them more than 40 minutes to bring dessert. Totally unacceptable.

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vipBryan886
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so thankful that they are open. They are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure that we are staying safe, while we enjoy dinner outside. They need a few more outdoor heaters, because it gets really cold.

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Dawn
Houston
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My server was fantastic, however the food was just ok.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Reservation time was not honored and had to wait for quite some time.

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Mxcndood
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

These idiots don’t understand what a reservation is and how it works. I had to leave the place because it was packed and all the customers who had reservations were asked to wait because there were no tables available. People who had a reservation before me had already been waiting for more than 30 min. Managers here are stupid.

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KrystalR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did such a great job on such a busy night! We had a memorable time!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a good experience, took about 10 to 15 minutes to get us a table, after I made a reservation, and took over five minutes to get a waiter, food was at a decent time, food was good, but my steak was hard and dried, I order a mojito and it was alright, usually it’s amusing, this time not really. I understand it was Valentine’s Day on a Sunday so a little more people than usual, but I also believe they could done a little better

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Guffeetax
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was Valentine's Day so it was packed at 3PM and they appeared to be understaffed, only saw a busboy once in the hour + we were there. My wife received her soup with no spoon, by the time a spoon arrived the soup was uneatable, she was quite upset. Otherwise it was El Torito, the food was good and the service not so much.

Since we didn't make any plans in advance for the few places she likes we picked El Torito because they had reservations available and they are local.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best “buffet” in town. I love the stations that serve you, very clean, very well organized. I will be going back for sure. Everything was delicious. I LOVED the pancakes and the birria and the hand made tortillas - so good! The omelet made to order was amazing as well.

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ARMANDOM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I not like see dogs in restaurant because is food

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ALEXISS
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Hair in food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vacationyutta
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

i loved the outdoor dining and the weather was nice

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vipShalifaA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience1

Incredibly dirty in general but especially during a pandemic. Unacceptable.

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vipJessicaF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food and service definitely declined after the long shut down unfortunately :(

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AshleyP
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

El torito was freaking cool! So! Open table is still having it a possibility to make reservations to restaurants that stopped serving dine in due to covid. I’m not from the area and since I use open table often, I got a pop up from them and decided to go out to eat. I saw they were taking reservations and was ecstatic since most restaurants closed! Good? No. We get there and apparently instead of shutting the buttons down, open table has left it up to the restaurants to tell clients they’re only doing take out or delivery or whatever. So it sucked, we really wanted to dine in, but el torito made our experience great by helping us out and rushing our order. Despite the plastic cutlery (could not cut the carne asada), it was an okay experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Please update your open table reservations so people don’t drive for an hour for nothing. Thank you

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KevinT
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During COVID, this place is still amazing. Hostess was amazing when adding another person to our table. Friendly staff even on a Friday evening and the DJ was a bonus to our surprise.

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slant69
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Veteran's Day special...ordered 3-entre special free for military...Ernesto is a good server..left a good tip since my food was free...

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Gregp3
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great set up. Way too cold to be outside. No heaters by the tables made it very uncomfortable to eat. Probably would not go back when it's cold outside, unless there are heaters. Would not recommend during the cold weather.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

I set reservations but walk ups were set before me. When I brought this up to management, I was finally say. I normally love this place but today was not good at all!
Ryan was our server and he seemed to not know what he was doing! I ordered virgin pina coladas but he brought alcoholic pins coladas. Our experience was disappointing to say the least!

FAQs

El Torito - Woodland Hills does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. El Torito - Woodland Hills also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (818) 348-1767.

El Torito - Woodland Hills is rated 4.3 stars by 98 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.