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El Torito Grill - Brea
El Torito Grill - Brea

El Torito Grill - Brea Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.etgrill.com
  • Phone: (714) 990-2411
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am -1:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 2:00pm -9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am -1:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Pepe Lopez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: El Torito Grill offers our catering services anytime anywhere with a great variety of plated luncheon or dinner as well as lavish buffets.
    Whether you choose to host your next business or social event at a personal residence, outdoor locations or our beautiful restaurants, you may rest assured that any gathering with us is a truly fun and memorable event that suits your goals, occasion and budget.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lambert Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from El Torito Grill - Brea
El Torito Grill features specialty menu items created by the Company's executive chef, Pepe Lopez, including mesquite broiled fish and steaks, as well as Mexican combination platters. Salads and soups are also available for both lunch and dinner.
To compliment the range of specialty items, El Torito Grill offers a wide selection of upscale margaritas, in addition to a complete list of Mexican beers and cocktails.
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Diner Reviews
  • "My husband and I chose this place for our anniversary dinner and were not too excited about it, The service was great and the Drinks were good but the food was disappointing and they sat us at a table where we were practically bumping elbows with other diners. I have been there for brunch in the past and that was great but for a dinner date I don't recommend it."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "From a bang-for-your-buck perspective at a full service restaurant, we usually like to hit up El Torito compared to other favorites like Cha Cha's, El Cholo, or Matador Cantina. Unfortunately, we've noticed lately that the drinks are getting watered down and the appetizers are shrinking. For example, the Sangria we had was mostly ice and water... and it wasn't even Happy Hour. The table side Guacamole also appears to be one avocado smaller. Good news is the main courses are still solid and it's still a great place for the family. The hot tortillas served complimentary with your meal are awesome!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • " All food was lukewarm at best. When I asked to have it sent back soul the did was microwave. By doing that filet and shrimp on the dish was not as good. Very loud and busy so I blame mgmr for now not gettering more servers. Way too loud, too. We've been there before so bragged about it and we took our friends but was very dissapointing. Probably won't go back or recommend for a while ."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Loved the view, loved the fresh tortillas, that was it. Service was bad, the were rushing around and seemed irritated with requests. Food was dry, they are stingy with salsas and sides for fajitas. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "When I made the reservation online, I requested an outdoor table. I know there is no guarantee, but when we got there, the hostess said the patio was not available because they had a group who had reserved the WHOLE patio. Seems to me they could have told me that in an e-mail when they received the reservation. (I made the reservation the day before, so surely they already had the group reserved.) I specifically chose that restaurant for the view. We had no view at the table where they seated us. When seating is an important issue, I will not depend on Open Table any more for my reservation, unless you can ask the restaurants to please reply to the patron when there is a special request. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A year ago a ten guest dinner here was a disaster because of poor service, kitchen mixups, and no responsiveness from management. I even wrote the parent company who confirmed that I had been there based on the data in their system, then did NOTHING! No offer to come back, incentives, apologies - NOTHING! Last Sunday we returned with 14 guests, specifically because that was the honoree's choice. Pleased to report the one waiter assigned to our table really hustled and did well. Love the fresh tortillas and chips, table side guacamole and all. Feel better about El Torito after this visit. Just be aware this restaurant is all hard surfaces so it is noisy and difficult to talk above the din."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Definitely would recommend - had a large group, showed up 1/2 hour early for our reservation, but not a problem. Table was ready and we didn't have to wait. Service was great, food was delicious, drinks were good and they kept the birthday surprise for us!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Service is always quick and excellent. The food came out quickly. The fresh tortillas were the highlight of the meal. But the tacos were filling and delicious. Have never had a bad meal here. Will come back."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We love going to El Torito Grill in Brea. The location is nice and the food is always great. Also, you can order items that are not on the menu. My kids did not want a full combo, but some of the items on the combo. The waiter was happy to custom build an appropriate combo."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Although the meal was tasty, I was disappointed in the amount of my meal versus the cost. I had the Romaine Chicken Salad with Pepita dressing. I got 4 small strips of chicken with a small amount of lettuce. The waitress never re-filled my drink or brought the extra salsa I asked for. In addition, my waitress forgot to take off my $5 coupon. I didn't realize this until after I paid. It just ended up being a bad experience overall. It's a shame, because I've always loved the grill."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "I enjoyed my dinner at this restaurant....great cuisine....professional and friendly staff."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Though its a dressed up version of El Torito, (the atmosphere, seating, etc) and the food is a bit heartier and different in style, the taste is hit or miss. Sauces and meats were lacking in spice for me, though it may be just fine for others. Various shrimp dishes seem to be what comes out best. Waiters and service in general was nice."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "El Torito had everything set up and ready for our party of 19. The waitress was really helpful and on top of things. The food was good."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "Came for Taco Tuesday...enjoyed the warm tortilla with special butter...salsa bar was alright but was almost always empty. Could have been nice to not have to wait for it to be filled especially when it is a Taco Tuesday and everyone is filling their tacos with all the goodies at the bar. Service was alright, felt bad since there seemed to be only one waitress and one manager running the bar area. Took a while to get some things, but I am an understanding person who works in the service industry."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "Eaten here before and ordered the same thing because I really liked it the first time - Shrimp Enchilladas. This time the tortillas were not as soft and could have been cooked/warmed-up a little more before making them into the dish. The home made tortillas they serve are great."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "They have a great happy hour menu with lots of great food options. Mexican food with a flair...can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "Went to El Torito Grill for a small birthday dinner with friends. Food was great. I love that their version of chips and salsa is fresh-made tortillas with honey butter and house made salsa. Yummy! Service was a little less attentive than I would have expected though. Had to wait a bit for drink refills and, after asking for salt, my husband waited about 5 minutes while we watched our server have a conversation with another employee. He finally got up and got it himself from an empty table. Have not had that experience there before so I'm guessing we just had a bad server this time. Restsurant was very accomodating with the surprise cake my friend brought for me. Overall...excellent food and a good time."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "We took business associates from the midwest so they could experiences a different style of Mexican food. The fresh flour tortias and salsa were a big hit. My sea scallops were prefectly cooked."
    Dined on 8/29/2013
  • "My wife ordered the Carne Asada/Shimp. A soon as it arrived, she noticed it came with the Peruvian beans. She flagged down the busboy and requested black beans instead. The busboy said, "no problem". The waiter appears a few minutes later and ask how things were, we stated, "fine". We assumed the busboy was in the process of bringing the beans. Later the waiter is flagged down and we explain that the bean never made it to the table. Apparently he could not understand why we said everything was fine a few minutes ago. In our mind the bean situation was a done deal. The Manger later came by the table and stated she would adjust the bill, but no such adjustment was made to our bill, but never did. Manger & Staff need retraining."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "We had a nice evening at El Torito Grill. Service and atmosphere was very good. Got seated immediately. I had a special mix of everything that was very tasty and the presentation was outstanding. My dinner partner had the fajitas and they were the smallest portion of fajitas that either of us had ever seen at a restaurant. Left us both disappointed and may not return for a while. All in all, everything was fine it was just that one meal that disappointed. We were hoping to see a manager around the restaurant to inform him of our disappointment but we did not see one and decided not to ask but rather post this review."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "This place is just so easy to go to now and then. I love that it's not crazy loud like some of the more popular bars in downtown Brea or Fullerton. The food is decent. The prices are decent. It's just an overall easy place to grab a meal out. Sangria by the caraf is a nice bonus."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Service started off great. My son and I sat in the bar and had an appetizer and drink, while we waited for the rest of the party to arrive. They were extremely attentive, and the manager was friendly and helpful. Once we got to the table, service really suffered. I had requested chips and salsa, but we never got them. They took about 30mins to take our order, and the food seemed to take a pretty long time to come out. It was difficult to get the waiter's attention. I think that we were there for about 3 hrs. I was so ready to go by the end. The food was good and everybody loved the fresh tortillas. I've been for brunch/lunch in the past and everthing was great. I would definitely go back to the bar again. Those guys were great!"
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "The staff was great, the service was excellent. We tried several dishes and they were all great."
    Dined on 5/3/2013
  • "Everything is great about this place except a bit noisy!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "Fresh Made Tortillas hot of the grill with tasty salsas, Latin /Southwest Decor and lighting,delicious and fresh food, enjoyed it very much !"
    Dined on 4/4/2013
  • "We had a reservation for a group of 12 inside. Our party included some seniors and an infant. Our table was one hour late. We were seated outside in the cold wind next to the freeway. A terrible experience all around. The food was mediocre. Service was so bad that a member of our party got our drink refills for us."
    Dined on 3/31/2013
  • "We enjoy our dinner, but next time I will reserve early :)"
    Dined on 3/27/2013
  • "Food were bought out warm, doesn't have the sizzling and the taste, but they are willing to re-cook another dish."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We arrived at the restaurant about an hour prior to our reservation time. We were seated almost immediately, even though they were quite busy. We were there for a Special Valentine's Day menu. Food was excellent. Our waiter was on top of everything. We didn't have to wait too long for our food."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "First time I made a reservation at El Torito Grill and the experience was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Went on Valentines Day and had a great time. The service, food and ambiance was all excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Made a relatively last-minute reservation on Valentine's Day. We were seated promptly on the deck (as requested online). Server brought fresh tortillas and honey butter, as well as chips and two salsas. All were delicious. We ordered the special $50 Valentine's Dinner for Two, with extra-charge margaritas. My wife had fajitas, which were excellent; flavorful and not greasy. I had carne asada, which was also very nice with well thought out sides. We split the churros for dessert. In total, it was a very pleasant evening, aided by the beautiful sunset followed by the spectacular view of the city lights."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great. Our waiter was attentive and the manager went around checking on customers. The only reason this place didn't get a 5 star is due to the very high noise level."
    Dined on 2/2/2013
  • "The menu is different than your standard El Torito, but that is a good thing. Our party of 9 all enjoyed their meals. The restaurant is a more upscale version of its El Torito cousin."
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "Had an excellent time here last Saturday where our group celebrated 2 birthdays. The service was prompt and attentive and the food was wonderful. We had a party of 12 so the reservation was must!"
    Dined on 11/17/2012
  • "Upscale Mexican food-food was very good. There are a good deal of fish choices. It's fun to watch the tortillas being made by hand near the reception area and they are delicious!! Instead of chips and salsa before dinner you are served the homemade flour tortillas with butter and 2 different salsa-they are addicting."
    Dined on 8/31/2012
  • "It was an excellent dining experience. I highly recommend El Torito Grill to my friends."
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "Had not been to El Torito Grill for ages. Seeing it on Open Table reminded us about it. The guacamole, made at our table was the best we have had in ages. My husband loved the lobster quesadilla and my chicken was really good. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/29/2012