El Torito - Woodland Hills

4.3
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38 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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What 38 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well

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MelanieA
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was great the waiter was awesome courteous and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Rosie!

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Foodie33
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy hour menu was varied and delicious
Love the chips and salsa!!!!

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ElmerG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service!

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ClaudiaR
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was amazing! She was super nice and was thankful we were there. She was on point throughout my whole dinner.

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FaisalP
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is good. Service is subpar. Busy and very informal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful I had a Valentine’s dinner with my family and it was great. Great server, food, and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and our waiter was awesome! He was very attentive while juggling two large parties.

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Marc
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Decent food, but nothing special. My biggest complaint was the bathroom that was filthy.

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MarianD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun - live the brunch but may need to go back for a burger! Looked delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worse restaurant and food Ever!! Customer Service was horrible!!!

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vipCayner
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best brunch in LA - value and offering

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vipSoCalTraveler
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good and plentiful. I had the fajitas, and it's more than enough food. We also had margaritas. I thought they were a bit too sweet ad a little light on the alcohol.

Our server was very nice, and a manager was helping out. However, I thought the staff was way overextended. Our server had tables all over the restaurant, and there was another server who had tables between some of her tables. Not very efficient, so after good initial service, things slowed down, though not because our server wasn't working. She was hustling all over the place.

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vipLarry
Los Angeles
269 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

El Torito has been treated as a joke for many years, like Olive Garden. I used to go to the ET in Sherman Oaks a lot because my office was next door and it was "good", but not quite up to "very good". This was the first time in several years I had been to an El Torito. It has definitely moved up to "very good". All 3 of us were pleasantly surprised by the quality and presentation of the food. Also, although the place was packed, we were seated immediately at our reservation time. Finally, the design is such that even with loads of parties we were able to maintain a conversation without shouting. We will return.

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RonaldH
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

My family has been coming for Thanksgiving buffet for years but this last one was SO disappointing! We got there and the containers were nearly empty. The food that was there was cold! The atmosphere was sad...there were lots of babies crying too. It was just awful. The food was refilled and served hot about 45 minutes later but by then we were done and we are NOT coming back. I strongly urge you to stay away on holidays!!!

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vipMcb123
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Woodland Hills El Torito is a great place to go for (pretty much) authentic Mexican food. There are so many options that everyone in your group will be satisfied. Everything was fresh and delicious. The servers were attentive and willing to please. We had a couple people at the table who asked for special plates and everything came out just right. It was a wonderful lunch and will be going again.
Thank you!

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Dlishious
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The buffet was a lot larger than expected. So many choices that it was hard to decide where to start. Breakfast food like bacon, soups, salads, enchiladas, tamales, pasta bar, omelette station, beans and rice, fruit, desserts, and a bananas foster station with ice cream. Literally something for everyone. On top of that, beverages were included. Coffee, hot chocolate, horchata, and bottomless mimosas. Definitely a good value and good service too. I highly recommend that you try the buffet.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really had a great meal experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Pork was not cooked we should have walked out. Too spicy and service was bad. The replacement food was like leather. Don't go there. Must be new owners again

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Happy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Six of us (all adults) celebrated a birthday at a Sunday Brunch at El Torito, Woodland Hills. Most of us had not been to this restaurante in quite some time. We were pleasantly surprised with the ambience (not noisy at all!), the food selection in the buffet and the taste. Our waitress, Rosy, was outstanding! We will return.

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Numerouno
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Only thing keeping it from a 5 across the board is the noise level. OK for a bar, not for a restaurant with good food, good service, and comfortable seating. Noisy kids with uncaring parents can easily ruin an otherwise positive dining experience.

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BondGirl
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An old standby - good food, but great service and ambiance!

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DianaV
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Birthday dinner - Main fajita dish (Ignite Fajita platter) didn’t come out sizzling, rice was cold and meats were luke warm. My sons French fires were cold as well. My debit card was misplaced at check out and found about 1/2 hour later by waitress ... Manager was really nice and comped a meal or two. The waitress seemed overwhelmed and busy. Yet nice - not coming back to this location unfortunately...

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jackyg
Miami
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the rice was dry and we had to send it back. the music was really loud. my kids loves hearing the wait staff signing the happy birthdays to everyone. service was awesome.

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LexiM
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Anthony was great ! Food was delicious staff was nice. took us right away!

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TJPJ
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brunch buffet. Our family enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere.

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BEAM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUR WAITER WAS SO AMAZING, VERY FRIENDLY, INFORMATIVE & ATTENTIVE.

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JoelL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience2

I ordered a BBQ Chicken burrito. It arrived stone cold. The waitress graciously replaced it...with another stone cold burrito. She had to choice but to comp me for it.

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LisaN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal. We will be going again! Courteous staff and great service

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MarianD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dear friend and I had a great time Easter Sunday. Food was great - service was great and no dishes to do afterwards.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was less than desirable. Maybe it was an off night, but food came out slow, cold not hot and enchilada’s were not appealing in any way. Too bad, will try again in the proximate future it not rushing back to try.

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BelindaG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great lunch buffet.

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vipRarelyReview
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice brunch buffet with generous Mimosa availability.

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DennisL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Were seated at a table immediately upon arrival.Wait staff was friendly and prompt.Food was superb.

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AlejandroL
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we used opentable, the restaurant had not received the message that a reservation had been made. Once the reservation was shown on my cellphone we were seated promptly.

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vipclintr
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

As I choose to be alone on Thanksgiving ,and Christmas its always good to know you can always get your Mexican favorites on holidays but also turkey and ham with the fixings. please tip well as these workers are working for you

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vipTomS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great buffet and food choices

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 38 OpenTable diners.

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