El Torito - Woodland Hills

4.7
86 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 86 People Are Saying
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vipEdwardG
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

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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.

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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!

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vipArturoV
Los Angeles
13 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
4 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!

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vipDIris
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was disappointed by their food and service. I realize we are in covid and they were clearly short staffed - but the communication from check in through to delivery of food was mediocre.

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Susan10e
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect Friday night. Great service, margaritas, good food and fun music - El Torito is a reliable good time.

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vipArturoV
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Need to have more waiters. Great DJ that make for nice ambiance.

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IrisC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is amazing. Great customer service. The Sunday brunch was delicious and fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good times

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vipGenex
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is doing an amazing job at working with what they got. I appreciate the fact that they rolled out that green/fake grass looking carpet so that you are not completely on the parking lot pavement.

The staff are friendly and attentive (even while busy). There is a bit of a wait on everything (the round of drinks, your food to arrive etc), but there service is amazing and it's something that can be overlooked.

This restaurant treated me better than Sage Brush in Calabasas. Great job El Torito! You guys are making the best out of these crazy times. The food was amazing as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from manager to hostess to server.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and server was very nice and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was good outdoor seating was plenty and comfortable considering they’ve had to make due with a tent in part of the parking lot.
Manager was attentive to customers. Overall it was a good experience.

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vipCecehf
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appetizer was not warm and when we told our waiter, they took it away and came back with the same food we had just eaten from, just microwaved. Not sanitary, especially during these virus times. It also didn’t taste good. The chicken fajitas were also not warm although the are supposed to be sizzling, but they tasted ok. Would have been much better warm tho. Nice waitress, but super slow service and we had to ask several times for napkins and salsa. Probably won’t be back unless it’s for drinks only.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great happy hour.

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 4.7 stars by 86 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.